This weekend, HBO says goodbye to one of its most popular series, Girls. Starting back in 2011, the series, created by and starring Lena Dunham, has become a smash-hit. In preparation for the show’s departure, Gothamist reported that HBO posted a reflective video that not only celebrates the spirit of Girls, but also lifts the veil and shows how the series was made.
Following a friend group comprised of four young women in their 20’s as they navigate adulthood, many have pointed to Girls as the show that has helped define the millennial generation. This seems an appropriate fate for a show whose pilot episode had protagonist Hannah Horvath declare to her parents, “I don’t want to freak you out, but I think that I may be the voice of my generation. Or at least, a voice of a generation.”
HBO’s celebratory video goes all the way back to Girls’ pilot episode and follows the evolution of the show and its characters through the years. It goes in-depth into several aspects of the show, revealing early audition tapes for different characters and interviewing members of the main cast such as Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirk, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, and Adam Driver. The video also explores topics such as the costume design and overall fashion of the show, while even including some of the show’s political aspects, such as how Girls has offered commentary on the female body image in our culture.
Although fans of Girls must say good-bye to the series, the video offers one final, entertaining look behind the scenes and reminds viewers why they fell in love with the show in the first place.
The series finale of Girls airs this Sunday at 10 p.m. on HBO.