Girls (S06E10) “Latching”



Well this is it, the series finale of Girls has happened, and it was underwhelming yet satisfying all at once. There were no firework’s or unexpected situations, they stay true to the story and the characters right up to the end.

Not once did it feel like the end of a series, which is something I applaud them for. There is so much build up when it comes to things such as this, but this flowed just like any other episode they have done in the past. Hannah (Lena Dunham) has settled in to her new house and Marnie (Allison Williams) has taken it upon herself to help raise the baby.

Hannah is catapulted into the life of a worrisome mother, who is concerned about her child, not wanting to latch on when attempting to breast feed. It’s odd to see her in a more grown up light. The whole series has been around these women trying to find their place in the world, through struggles and chaos; the rawness of these moments allows you to connect with each character, and this episode is no different.

As we watch Hannah struggle with motherhood and bonding with Grover and Marnie, trying to balance a life outside the one that surround’s Hannah, it’s a precocious edge that they must both learn to navigate around. There is an undeniable tension in the air, and even with the aid of Hannah’s mother, something is going to give.

In typical Hannah fashion, she runs off when there are bigger issues brewing. She cannot run away from being a mother, it’s not something she can take back. She needs to deal with how abrasive and hard reality and life are. There’s no hiding in her little bubble, she needs to grow up and own her decisions like an adult.

Though Marnie is not happy with the situation she has gotten herself into, she think’s it’s the only way to live at the moment. She has to know when to let go and let things happen the way they should be; it’s time for her to grow up and figure out what she wants out of life. Hannah also has her own “Aha!” moment while walking around town. It comes in the form of a spoiled teenager who has run away from home because she had to do her homework. Something click’s inside Hannah’s head and she starts to get it. Although it ended with her pantless and without shoe’s, it’s befitting as far as Girls episodes go.

As Hannah finds her way back with a new thought process brewing in her mind, she is the first one to jump up and take responsibility for her son. Instead of depending on others around her, she’s the one who needs to embrace her new life. She has been trying to get Grover to latch all episode, and in the very last scene, he finally latches on. Thing’s are going to be okay, they are going to be okay.

We have watched these women grow in profound ways over the past six seasons. They have all evolved into the women they were meant to be, and will continue on their journey for years to come. With their quirky and neurotic ways, you were able to share in their chaos and relate to their struggles. They overstepped boundaries and pushed through stigma’s, it has been one hell of a ride, and I am glad that I tuned in all those years ago.

So as we say Goodbye to Girls, it doesn’t feel like the end, it feels like a new chapter is opening up for them all. I don’t think this is the last we will see from this eclectic group, and if it is, life will go on just as it did before. It’s an extraordinary show that brings the ordinary into focus.

It’s a show people will be talking about for years.

Rating: 8/10

This was the LAST episode of Girls.