Girls Season 2 Finale Review “Together”

Here we are. It’s the end of a tumultuous season for Girls, one that’s experimented wildly, and, recently, went to some dark, dark places. All of this is why “Together” feels so out of place as a finale. It’s an episode that ends in a rom-com swell of music and emotions, but presents characters (possibly excluding Shoshanna) reaching points that feel starting over in the worst possible way. But even now just thinking about it, I’m talking myself in and out of liking the way this season ended. Here are the two opinions that are battling it out inside my head. The first, which results in my liking the episode overall, means processing the way this episode ended in a less-than-pleasant way. Marnie and Hannah have both taken pretty sharp turns for the worse in this season, over however long it’s been since they moved apart, basically. And so it makes dramatic sense to provide a respite in the season finale, and it makes thematic sense, in the world of Girls, that they provide themselves with that respite in the most harmful ways possible. Neither Charlie nor Adam are the best boyfriends around, for very different reasons, and both couples reverting back to where they were at the start of season one is, from my point of view, a depressing turn. It’s a sign that neither girl has really made any move towards maturity. (Unlike Shoshanna, who I think actually showed show some level of development in this finale.) READ MORE...

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