The HBO original series Girls has already seen four seasons largely written and directed by its creator and star Lena Dunham. Predominantly referred to within the mainstream, popular culture as the millennial answer to Sex and the City since the show premiered in 2012, Dunham has carved a name for herself on the premium cable network, launching her to superstardom (and, most recently, her very own book deal).
Season 5 just wrapped shooting in August 2015, with a tentative premiere currently slated for January 2016. While there are no definitive plans from HBO going forward for now, Dunham has some intriguing ideas for where she wants to see the show go next.
According to EW, during a recent call-in radio interview to Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, Dunham made her intentions known regarding season 6, suggesting that will be the series' final season. According to Dunham:
"Never say never, but that is the way that we’re thinking about it right now, and we’re starting to think about sort of how to wrap up the storylines of these particular young women. It’s really exciting. I started working on this show when I was 23. I’m going to be 30, so it kind of feels right that this show kind of sandwiched my 20s and then I go off into the world."
Discussions between HBO and Dunham regarding the continuation of the show after season 5 is ongoing, though if season 6 does get made it's unlikely that Dunham will want to continue the show thereafter. Dunham further commented: "I think America has a tendency to push shows past their due dates. I like the British model: In-and-out," though she did state that she could see revisiting the characters for a feature film reunion 10 years down the line, stating, "I have fantasies of us all coming back when we’re 40, [though] we’d want to wait long enough for something to have really gone down."
Admittedly, Hannah Horvath and company have recently seen a significant dip in ratings as of late, though HBO is certainly not beholden to industry standards enforced by other basic cable networks. Since receiving its two Golden Globe wins for Best Comedy or Musical in 2012 and 2013, respectively, the serialized tragicomedy has garnered its own pool of loyal fans, which would suggest that the show is likely to be picked up for however much longer Dunham might wish to produce it.
After just four seasons on the air, the immature and often culturally inappropriate antics of Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet have sought to outdo Carrie Bradshaw and her girlfriends, and have largely done so to the entertainment of many a wayward twentysomething. Hannah, Marnie (Williams), Jessa (Kirke), and Shoshana (Mamet) might not be to everyone's taste, but their presence will surely be missed, if the show does in fact end within the next two years.
Girls Season 5 is expected to premiere on HBO sometime in January 2016.