Though it may seem like an eon away – one TV viewing month is equal to at least 6-8 actual months in my estimation – the third season of HBO’s Girls, which is set to bow in January 2014 will be here before we know it.
In anticipation of its impending arrival, HBO have released a teaser trailer of the Lena Dunham created-and-helmed show set to Robert ToTeras’ “Break Out the Boom Boom”, a song which provides just the right tempo and mood for the gloriously messy jumble of Instragram-ish shots which punctuate the trailer like the witty bon mots that seem to fly effortlessly and often out of the mouths of all the characters in this funny, insightful show.
Admittedly it’s more conceptually-driven than narratively-focused with precious little in the way of plot given away – but we do get to see the return of Elijah (Andrew Rannells) who plays the now gay ex of Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) and no sign of Charlie (Christopher Abbott) who won’t be appearing in season 3 after Abbott’s expected but nonetheless sudden departure.
That last unwelcome character development does leave the Charlie/Marnie (Allison Williams) coupling kind of flapping in the breeze, and it’s going to take some snappy clever writing to explain away his absence when the couple were getting on so well at the end of season 2 after reconciling.
Fortunately Lena Dunham has proved herself time and again one of the smartest writers out there – she deservedly won the Primetime Emmy in 2012 for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series after all – and I have every confidence she will make sense of Charlie going AWOL.
Season 3 will see the introduction of a slew of actors in guest roles including Sarah Steele (The To-Do List), Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Michael Zegen who will reunited with his Francis Ha co-star Adam Driver (who plays Adam Sackler).
It’s shaping up to be one heck of a new season with all the hilarious neuroses, poor decisions and self-absorption we have come to expect from Hannah, Marnie, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) and the similarly-screwed up but working on it men in their lives, and just enough character growth to make it all believable and heartfelt.
I can’t wait for the Girls to keep on kind of trying to sort of get it altogether when the dramedy returns in January next year.