"Girls" may have just premiered its third season — and been renewed for a fourth — but creator Lena Dunham is already plotting how to off her array of eclectic characters.
"We were at South by Southwest, in separate rooms, talking on the phone to each other, lying in bed, and I think we were just trying to figure out how everyone died -- like 'Six Feet Under'?" "Girls" executive producer Jennifer Konner told Vogue in this month's cover story on the actress/writer/director.
Despite these murderous machinations, however, it's more likely that the show will end in a more still-born fashion than with dramatic denouements; Dunham and Konner are considering putting the kibosh on the HBO series in the next three years in a less-than finite fashion.
"I do want to see the characters into a new phase — from early 20s into late 20s seems a good chunk of time," Dunham told Vogue. "But I have no interest, at this point, in marrying them off or seeing their children."
This unfinished quality seems fitting for "Girls," which follows the foibles of a group of, well, girls in New York City, searching for love, career stability and, sometimes, illicit substances.
The third season of the show premiered on Sunday (January 12) with a pair of episodes that depicted (at least some of) the cast on pretty stable footing.
Hannah (played by Dunham) is back with her ex-boyfriend Adam (played by Adam Driver) who — aside from hating all of her friends and receiving a very public verbal beat-down by his ex-girlfriend — seems to have matured at least a little bit from season one. Hannah's professional life also seems on-track; her e-book pages are received well by her smarmy editor, who celebrates her success by taking her to a cafe that boasts cups made out of chocolate.
Hannah's friends, however, are foundering: Shosanna (Zosia Mamet) has decided to undertake a carefully planned sexual awakening after her breakup with Ray (Alex Karpovsky), Marnie (Allison Williams) is broken up after being dumped by Charlie (Christopher Abbott) and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) has just been thrown out of rehab.
Still, don't expect Hannah's waters to remain so smooth as the season wears on. "She's in a relationship. She's writing a book. Things would seem to be evolving nicely. It can't last," she told MTV News at the show's premiere.
"Well, what happens next for Hannah is she's trying to figure out how to make this move into sort of real adulthood, which she's sort of stepped up her game and trying to really acknowledge her own flaws and work harder to change them," she said.
Although Dunham herself is lightyears ahead of Hannah when it comes to professional success — and maturity — the same could be said for the "Girls" creator, whose foray into real adulthood includes both the challenges of grappling with her newly public persona (she admits to putting her foot it on Twitter more than once) and the joy of finally appearing in Vogue.
The gig was a long time coming for Dunham, who was originally supposed to appear in the magazine in 1998, when she was eleven. Dunham — who called Calvin Klein a "clothesmonger" in the mag — sadly did not show up in photo form in the issue.
Now, however — in addition to all her many other accomplishments — Dunham has scored the coveted cover spot, a soft, romantic photo snapped by photographer Annie Leibovitz.
We may still be unclear as to where Hannah Horvath will wind up come the end of "Girls," but we're pretty sure Dunham will more than land on her feet.