New season of US comedy-drama starts in February
Lena Dunham will reportedly call time on her series Girls in 2017.
The show, which airs on Sky Atlantic in the UK and HBO in the US, was created by Dunham and began in 2012. The fifth season of the show begins in February and is expected to be the penultimate run, with one more season to follow next year.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the show’s sixth season will be its last. HBO has yet to comment.
In September 2015, Dunham told subscribers to her Lenny email newsletter that she was considering how to bring Girls to an end. “We’re starting to think about sort of how to wrap up the story lines of these particular young women,” she wrote. “I started working on this show when I was 23, and now 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!”
Meanwhile, co-creator Jenni Konner said the new series of the show will inform how much longer it continues. “I would say season five will really inform how much further we want to go,” she told The Hollywood Reporter after the season four finale in March last year.
“Once we figure out what season five is, we’ll know whether it’s another year. Maybe it’s just one more year, maybe we wrap it up in six. It all depends. But also we’re not in the business of running it into the ground. We would like to end in a graceful place. And we’d like to tell a complete story. What that means is that we really have to start building towards an end soon, creatively.”
Dunham and Konner are co-creating a new HBO comedy, Max while cast member Adam Driver, who plays Adam in the series, recently appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Season five of Girls will feature 10 new episodes premiering on HBO on February 21. In the UK, the new season will start shortly afterwards on Sky Atlantic.