This isn’t your typical screening, where the theater seats are reserved for the important people. This is the GIRLS HBO season 3 premiere where the relaxed, vintage-esque atmosphere made it feel like an adult sleepover. It was done in a true Lena Dunham fashion. Sofas, GIRLS card games and appetizers filled Max’s Wine and Dive underground room where hipsters and young adults showered themselves with laughter and wine. The GIRLS are back.
In season 2, Hannah (Lena Dunham) was having a mental breakdown, chopping off her hair and all, and of course, Adam (Adam Driver) came to the rescue. Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) broke up leaving the viewers wondering if this was Shosh’s sexual awakening and Ray’s life awakening. Marnie (Allison Williams) and Charlie finally rekindled their love, but when news broke that Christopher Abbott would no longer join the show for season 3, it left the audience wondering “what will happen to Marnie?” And runaway Jessa (Jemima Kirke), the last we saw of her was at her dad’s house, after her divorce.
Season 3 seems like a promising path of honesty, a true testament of friendship and the harsh truths that we sometimes have to tell each other. We see Jessa being confronted with her past and daddy issues as she recovers in rehab, only she’s not recovering she’s acting out. Marnie is lost, and yet through this she’s trying to find her way without Charlie. Shoshanna is blossoming into a colorful, independent flower that, personally, I can’t wait to see where she ends up. Hannah is happy. Simple as that. She seems to be the happiest she’s ever been, which is a nice turn from her spiraling meltdown in season 2.
Lean Dunham has kept her quippy wit, giving the audience a fascinating insight into each character as they grow deeper and deeper to find themselves. Season 3 mirrors season 1 as they share seemingly bright, relaxed tones unlike the dark array of issues season 2 brought to light. Season three seems like a journey of adventure filled with the GIRLS figuring out their unwritten paths towards happiness. And let’s not forget that we’ll be laughing the whole time, catching glimpses of ourselves, because after all, that’s what the show does.
Season 3 airs on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 10 p.m. EST. The HBO show will premiere a special two-part show giving the audience an hour worth of GIRLS. For more information about the show visit their official website.