Girls is over when Lena Dunham says it’s over. And it’s going to be over soon.
According to E! Online (and confirmed by Variety), HBO and Dunham have laid out the road map to the Girls series finale, which will end after the show’s sixth season in 2017. The report comes almost two months ahead of the show’s fifth season premiere in late February.
Though HBO technically has yet to confirm that Girls will even see a sixth season, Dunham has said before that the show would not last more than six seasons.
“I started working on this show when I was 23,” Dunham told Z100 New York DJ Elvis Duran in September, 2015, “and now I’m going to be 30 so it kind of feels right that this show kind of sandwiched my 20s and then I go off into the world.”
A month later, HBO picked up the pilot for Max, a new Dunham-produced show about women in the 1960’s New York publishing scene. The screenwriter handling the pilot and Dunham’s co-producers currently work with Dunham on Girls.
For the fans who are bummed: take solace that most shows don’t get this much time to guide their characters to a clean landing.
For the critics sick of hearing about Hannah Horvath, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel: two more years.
Girls Season Five premieres on HBO February 21.