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Swan Song: Lena Dunham says Girls will likely end after six seasons

In a recent radio interview with Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, Girls Creator and Star Lena Dunham suggested that the show will likely call it quits after its sixth season.

“Never say never, but that is the way that we’re thinking about it right now and we’re starting to think about sort of how to wrap up the storylines of these particular young women. I started working on this show when I was 23, 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!”

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The news was originally reported by Screen Crush and you have to admit, Dunham’s answer makes a lot of sense. After all, IMDB bills the show as “A comedy about the experiences of a group of girls in their early 20s” and one of the taglines for the series is “nowhere to grow but up.” Once the titular quartet’s coming-of-age is complete, and they are no longer Girls … there’s really no show left.

If the series does in fact sign off after six seasons it will have run for the same span as Sex and the City, another HBO original that offered a feminine perspective on life, sex, and relationships. While Girls has certainly carved out its own identity, in some respects, Sex and the City paved the way for it to do what it does.

Of course, we’re all getting a little ahead of ourselves here. Girls hasn’t even been renewed for a sixth season yet, and it’s fifth season has yet to debut. That season is set to premiere sometime in January.

We’re glad to hear that Dunham is already thinking about how to wrap things up. We’ve seen too many series fail to plan for their finales, only to squeeze climaxes for several storylines into the space of 3 or 4 episodes. The result is invariably a mess.

Stay tuned for updates on this front.