It’s official: Girls’ sixth season will be its last.
HBO confirmed the news Wednesday after speculation about the series’ future came to a head on Tuesday following a report from E! Online.
“I can’t imagine a more fulfilling creative experience than Girls,” said Dunham in a statement. “The freedom and support that HBO has given Jenni [Konner], Judd, and me is something rare and beautiful. The commitment and originality of our actors has been stunning, and our crew is truly my family.
“I conceived of Girls when I was 23 and now I’m nearly 30 — the show has quite perfectly spanned my 20s, the period of time that it’s about — and so it feels like the right time to wrap our story up. We look forward to creating a sixth season that will honor our amazing cast, crew and fans. And in the Girls universe, nothing ever ends too neatly.”
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The news does not come as a huge surprise given Dunham’s comments to radio host Elvis Duran back in September, but Dunham assures that the next installment of the Emmy-winning comedy will leave viewers with a chance to “see that the girls are heading to … not a conclusion in their life, but this period of their life,” she previously told EW.
“… It’s always been important to us that we know and understand when it’s time to wrap it up,” she added. “It is about a very specific time in life and we don’t want to push past that or overextend it. We’re going to feel it out.”
Season 5 debuts Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.