It's long been known that Girls Season 6 will be the hit comedy's last run. Yesterday, the show came to its inevitable conclusion on set as creator and star Lena Dunham shot the final episode. The actress posted a lengthy good-bye message on Instagram along with a few farewell photos. Here's what she had to say.
"It's 2 am on Friday morning and we just finished shooting Girls. Forever. No insert shots of cell phones or exteriors to grab. We're not missing a quick shot of Shosh marching down a Soho street. We're finished. We did it all. Jenni called that final cut, I dropped my costume on our van floors (sorry Kristen, sorry I never hang my damned costume) and we got into our vans to head home for the last time. To say I don't enjoy goodbyes is an understatement. But, as a wise woman once told me, "relish it. We so rarely get to choose our goodbyes." She's right. And we got to choose this one. But that doesn't mean it's easy."
Lena Dunham went onto talk about her time spent on the hit HBO show. She explained her feelings in-depth. And just what it all means to her. She also expresses her graditude to everyone who helped make this a reality as Girls Season 6 wraps up.
"I know I'm not alone in the Girls family when I say this is the end of the largest and most potent chapter of my life so far. Before Girls I had zero identity, zero self-love and an urgent sense of untapped creative desire that kept me up and sweating at night in other people's beds, wondering why vague sexual affirmation wasn't enough to make me feel human. I had hardly an inkling of the responsibility we take on when we tell stories, or of the power words can have, but what I had- as an obsessed fan of shows from Girlfriends to Felicity to Ally McBeal- was the audacity to think that people might want to see women like my friends and me (broken, imperfect, angry) on television. When we shot our pilot six years ago, I never dreamed that I could be so fulfilled by the process of art-making, of collaboration, of honest expression. And so through this show I developed an identity, gained a new kind of family and began my life in earnest. It's an embarrassment of riches. There are too many essential personnel to name here, and the messages I have for them are far too intimate for this modern venue, but I trust I've made it clear who you are and what you mean to me. If I haven't, please feel free to demand explanations."
Dunham was joined on Instagram by co-star Allison Williams and director Jenni Konner. Each of them documented the end of the series in their own unique way. The sixth and final season will hit HBO in 2017, though a premiere date has yet to be announced. Lena Dunham continued to say her goodbyes in yet another length farewell speech, this time directly addressing the fans.
"To the fans, you have blown our minds. You have made a big scary world seem small and intimate and I see blessings and safe havens everywhere because of the way you've normalized these experiences, the moments of being female that feel dark and unruly, that hurt like a gash. You've made me believe there was a place for the strange girls and the ones who don't know how to love quite yet. And I know you'll give the same warm reception to all the radical & essential female voices coming to TV in the near future. Because we are just at the the beginning of a golden era in which every woman-- no matter her race, religion, body-type, or the gender assigned to her at birth-- can tell her story and have it heard and recognized for its essential her-ness. Let's all make sure of that together, okay? We must.
The first photo from Jenni Konner is the second to the last shot of Lena Dunham that will ever be done for the series. Though she wrapped the previous night, Allison Williams returned to the set to see the show to its end. In her good-bye post, she thanks Lena Dunham for giving her 'the most incredible challenges and adventures'. She also goes onto say that she unleashed a torrent of tears, which was rare for her. You can see the good-bye images here.