The season 3 finale of Girls aired this week and like its fellow HBO stablemate Looking, it went out with a bang after a midseason stunner (Beach House). While there was so much unpleasantness in the first 5 episodes, by the end, it was a reasonably interesting and entertaining season - not least because the finale provided interesting closure to the storylines this year.
Death, or at least the end of things, seemed to be hover over the characters this season. From the deaths of Hannah's editor and grandmother, Flo, and the near death of Bedelia, to the end of the Girl's relationships after the amazing Beach House episode, death and destruction was everywhere.
This was also a season where their hopes kept getting dashed. For all the characters, all of their personal and professional relationships that they were building throughout the season, fizzled by the end. But as always, when one door closes, another opens. Of the supporting characters, Ray had to get his heart broken before he could be more grown up. Flo had to be on her deathbed to bring her family together. And Bedelia had to swallow the pills before she knew she didn't want to die.
And for our girls? Of course there's another season to go, so they can't learn all their lessons yet, but the show is putting them through pain to get there - Shoshanna realising that her plans of sex and study couldn't work out, Jessa getting kicked out of rehab and losing those around her, and Marnie going through humiliations after humiliation, constantly seeking validation from men. And Hannah - she had to lose her writing contract, lose her grandmother, lose her creative soul at GQ, and lose her relationship with Adam.