EXCLUSIVE: The Cast of 'Girls' Looks Ahead to Final Season and a Long Goodbye


“It’s the longest goodbye ever,” Andrew Rannells tells ET
about the final season of Girls,
which started filming in May. The Broadway star plays Elijah alongside Allison
(Marnie), Jemima Kirke (Jessa), Zosia Mamet (Shoshanna), Adam Driver
(Adam), and Alex Karpovsky (Ray) on the Lena Dunham-created HBO series. “So, I’ll
be doing that through the summer.”

In January, it was announced that Girls would officially end after six seasons, with the final
episodes expected sometime in 2017. “I conceived 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,” Dunham, who plays Hannah, said at
the time. “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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According to Williams, things will sink even lower for
Marnie than they did in the standout, season-five episode, “The Panic in
Central Park,” which saw her character unexpectedly reconnect with a drug-addled
Charlie (Christopher Abbott, who left the show after season two) and end her
marriage with Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). “We’re going to get there,” she teases.
“I actually finally know when it is now, and it’s coming up in our shooting
schedule. There’s a definitive bottom for Marnie.”

With that said, the actress says she doesn’t know how the
series ends -- yet. “I can’t speak to that specifically,” Williams says, adding
that Dunham and the entire cast and crew are focused on making a final season
that lives up to the legacy of the series, especially following particular
praise for its penultimate season. “We are working on making it excellent
enough to withstand that level of attention. We've always been working that
hard, but there's kind of this acknowledgement that we need to make sure we
leave on a good note.”

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Season five saw many of the girls (and guys) grow up, and
learn to see life outside of themselves. Yet, it still remains unclear where
the story will go during its final episodes. (Will any of them find love, success
or satisfying work?
) But that doesn’t have the cast worried. “I trust Lena so
much. She has such a clear vision for all these characters,” Rannells says. “I’m
just excited to see how it all ends.”

“There is some stuff I’m looking forward to,” Kirke adds. “But
I can’t really tell you.”

One thing you won’t see in the final season is Jessa’s
parents, or at least the return of her estranged father, whom the audience met
in season two. “They're not coming back. I think they're done with parents this
season,” Kirke says. “We've seen everyone's mom. We get it. We get where it all
comes from.”

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While the show is only two months into filming, for Williams,
it’s already an emotional experience. “Personally, it's very weird, the idea
that I'll never play Marnie again,” she says. “So, I'm just going to leave it
all out there because I can't really go back. I can't make any adjustments.”

“The finality of it is really strange,” Williams continues. “This
is the only version of my job that I know. I went from college to Girls graduate school, and now I'm like
a doctorate in Brooklyn angst and now, I'm ready to enter the other workforces.”