If you were disappointed by the "Girls" series finale, you are not alone. Co-showrunners Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner told The Hollywood Reporter their own writers room turned against them over Episode 10, arguing "we don't need it," and they should just end the series with the more "traditional" Episode 9. But real life is often frustrating and does not turn out how you'd expect -- so it's kind of the perfect "Girls" ending, no?
The creators said it was actually Judd Apatow's idea to do what Konner called a "spinof that will never be," with Hannah (Dunham) raising her new baby Grover, with help from her mother (Becky Ann Baker) and Marnie (Allison Williams).
"Judd was the first person who said, 'I think we should do our finale, and then we should do the end we really want to do, so that everyone gets satisfied and we also get to — we see how everyone wraps up, we wrap it up, and we also get to see a little bit more," Konner told THR. "One of the funniest things was that our writers really turned against us on it." She laughed.
Dunham added, "We were shooting one day and we were like, 'Can you give us notes on this script and they were like, 'We don't need it, let's just have nine episodes.''"
Konner said, "That was like our big note from our writers. They just wanted it to be traditional, and they just felt like that was enough. In their defense, at that point we were struggling with [episode] 10. [Hannah's] big 'come to Jesus' moment with that teenager was maybe 14 different moments during the writing of that."
Dunham and Konner had a similar talk with Entertainment Weekly after the finale, explaining again that this spinoff/epilogue episode was Judd's idea:
EW: It felt like either the penultimate episode or this last episode could have served as the finale.
Konner: That was something Judd came up with fairly early while plotting the season: Episode 9 would be the traditional finale and then the 10th would be as if there was some imagined spin-off that will never be.
They also talked to EW about the possibility for a movie, or a spinoff for Elijah (Andrew Rannells). Long story short, there's nothing in the works right now, but they're open to ideas.
Fans were mostly underwhelmed by Episode 10, which seems to be what the showrunners expected from the non-traditional finale, but a few fans did appreciate it:
Just gonna pretend like last week's #GirlsHBO was the real finale.— Abigail Brennan (@abigailnora) April 17, 2017
I'm all for shows ending on a realistic note but damn. #GirlsHBO— Lisa Marie Rainford (@asilmarie_) April 17, 2017
wow, i haven't been that disappointed in an ending since the election. #GirlsHBO— Belle Mach (@lavendrjuicebox) April 17, 2017
Everyone wants a finale to be a happy ending. A closing. What #GirlsHBO did, was show real life. Which is what that show was from the start.— Julia Proctor (@juliabproctor) April 17, 2017
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