Charlie, Marnie’s on-again, off-again, and then disappearing boyfriend, hasn’t been seen since his sudden departure after the second season of HBO’s Girls. But a report from Page Six suggests that the character, played by Christopher Abbott, is set to reappear for one episode in the upcoming fifth season, slated is set to premiere on Feb. 21.
Speaking with EW about his latest film, James White, Abbott had only this to say about the report: “I was visiting the set.”
HBO would not comment on the report.
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Abbott’s exit from the show came as a surprise to many fans, who saw his character reunited with Marnie just before the second season ended. He later told The New York Times that he no longer felt connected to his character. “The world that Lena [Dunham] wrote was very real, especially in New York,” he said. “But it wasn’t as relatable for me on a personal level. It’s not that I only like to play roles I know to a T, but there’s something satisfying about playing parts where you really relate to the characters.”
Since leaving Girls, Abbott has found success both on the stage in New York and in a series of recent films, including A Most Violent Year. In James White (out Friday), for which he was recently nominated for a Gotham Award for Best Actor, Abbott plays the hard-partying son of a woman dying of cancer (Cynthia Nixon).