By Charlie Dowd
HBO's Girls may cover a range of topics from abortion, to feminism, growing up, yet it's central topic is a friendship group and it's subsequent dynamics. Girls is not the first tv show to focus on the deeply complicated friendships you form as you go into adulthood, before it there was Friends, Skins, Sex & The City, the list goes on and on.
However, you could argue the others present an unrealistic take on how friendship, and friendship groups, truly work. In life, friends can come and go like the weather, a passionate and exciting first year turns into a distant second year. Then it burns out entirely, and you wouldn't say hello when passing on the street. Sometimes though, they stick, you crack the code and the magic happens.
Girls is not about a group of friends that go for breakfast every Saturday, or have secret handshakes, it's about beautifully dysfunctional friendships. It's not a romanticised view, it's real. There are friends that regularly berate each other behind one another's backs, or act so selfishly you wonder how they can even continue to be friends at all. The very closest of my friends drive me to the absolute limit, but I wouldn't have it any other way. A direct quote of mine is "I hate you so much, that's why I love you."
Girls shows a group that don't spend all that much time together, to a point where two of the titular girls (Hannah and Marnie) only shared two conversations in the same frame for the entirety of their recently wrapped season five. Although group chats, and Facebook threads exist, it can be tough to get "the whole gang" together for an evening of putting the world to rights. However, if your names Carrie or Joey, you'd be forgiven for thinking you're being paid to hang out with your friends.
Girls is friendship under a microscope, it's an unflinching view of the good, the bad and the ugly. Everyone can be selfish, loyal, loving, cold, and kind to their very best of friends - and that's just before breakfast. As it enters its final run in 2017, I can't help but feel sad that something so deeply relatable is coming to an end. God bless the Girls.