Lena Dunham gives some insight into Girls season 3

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iGirls/i season 3  ... Lena Dunham as Hannah, with her short hair after hacking it off in season two.

Girls season 3 … Lena Dunham as Hannah, with her short hair after hacking it off in season two.

Girls fans will be excited to learn that Hannah is set to return to her old ways in season three of HBO’s hit show, with less of the obsessive-compulsive disorder tics that clearly marked last season.

Speaking to Good Morning America, creator and star of the popular show Lena Dunham gave a rundown of where season three begins for her leading character, which is going to air next week.

“Hannah is in a better place than we’ve ever seen her,” she said. “She’s in a committed relationship, she has a book deal and she’s promised to really put in the work… but of course, this is Girls, so things can’t stay very good for very long.”

Girls follows the story of struggling writer Hannah, and her friends, a group of twentysomething misfits living in New York, trying to survive daily life, work and relationships. Often referred to as Sex And The City for the hipster generation, viewers and critics alike have wholly embraced the quirks, anxieties and cringe-worthy moments which fill the characters’ lives.

The trailers for season three shows the main characters fumbling around in the hilariously neurotic style that the show is known for. Hannah’s on-again, off-again relationship with Adam certainly seems to be back on, following his romantic rescue of Hannah mid-panic attack in the season two finale. But it wouldn’t be Girls if they still didn’t struggle with life as a couple, or the most basic forms of conversations.

We also catch a glimpse of Hannah in a therapy session, who is beginning to realise that she can control her life, and her obsessive-compulsive disorder. “It’s amazing that I hold the keys to the prison that is my mind.” Although that mind quickly wanders and in her own words she “can’t keep her mouth shut” (or her head from getting jammed in furniture).

As Dunham told Good Morning America, she is “really good at tapping into anxiety”. From glimpses of the show it seems that Hannah has refocused her compulsions back to her preferred crutch of over-eating.

The hapless, jobless Marnie is seen exercising, drinking, and dramatically hurling her bedsheets over herself, as she unconvincingly assures others – and herself – that “I am okay. I may not seem okay, but I am okay”. Although she reunited with the dashing Charlie at the end of season two, actor Christopher Abbott quit the show between seasons. Exactly how season three will deal with this is unknown, but Dunham took to Twitter last June to assure fans not to worry. “I’ve tried to come up with an emotionally honest version of the end of that relationship.”

As hyperactive and over-bubbly as ever, Shoshanna wants to change her “messy” life. Season two ended with her “not exactly” breaking up with Ray after cheating on him with a doorman, which unleashed a whole new side to her innocent persona. While Ray was last seen slamming the door in her face, he features in the new trailer as trying to “follow the protocols of a gentleman, and a squire.”

The whereabouts of bohemian Jessa is unknown at the end of season two, but an expletive-ridden voicemail from Hannah appears to be the reality-check she needed to reappear in the girls’ lives in season three. Although she is struggling with revelations about the state of her friendships, telling an unsympathetic Shoshanna that a friend “told me she died because she didn’t want to hang out with me”. What her future holds is still shrouded in mystery – precisely what she would want.

Season three is a new chapter in the world of Girls, and Dunham believes that audiences can relate to the characters because there is “something universal” about their journeys. “The struggle of finding yourself, the struggle of feeling like you have a place in the world, of feeling connected,” she explained. “There are a lot of the same anxieties.”

Girls season three starts 7.30pm on Monday, January 13, on Showcase.


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