‘Girls’ HBO Reboot: Lena Dunham Says ‘It’s Not Time yet;’ Kylo Ren Is Partially to Blame

The HBO TV series Girls ended in April 2017 after six seasons, but now creator and star Lena Dunham is teasing the possibility of a reboot. The Sex and the City reboot And Just Like That sparked inspiration for Dunham, who admitted to “informal talks with HBO” about doing something similar with the cast of Girls (via The Hollywood Reporter). Here’s what Dunham had to say about the potential of a reboot and why the world isn’t ready for it just yet. 

Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham, and Allison Williams from the cast of the HBO series 'Girls'
Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham, & Allison Williams | Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

Lena Dunham’s ‘informal conversations’ regarding the reboot of ‘Girls’ 

Sex and the City concluded in February 2004. While fans had the 2008 and 2010 films to look forward to, they would still have to wait 11 years for And Just Like That to be released. It hasn’t been quite as long for Girls fans, who Dunham once said got to watch “the girls [reach] their logical conclusion” (via Rolling Stone). Still, the prospect of a reboot-type series is exciting to many, including Dunham. 

“It was such a pleasure to see those women back together and to see them take on middle-age[d] sexuality,” Dunham told THR of the Sex and the City reboot. “For me, those are women who can do no wrong.” 

Per her THR profile, Dunham isn’t averse to trying something similar with Girls and has had “informal talks with HBO” about reuniting the cast of the HBO series. But the core cast, including Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Allison Williams, Adam Driver, Andrew Rannells, and Christopher Abbott, won’t be reuniting any time soon. 

Lena Dunham and HBO ‘recognize it’s not time yet’ for the ‘Girls’ reboot 

Casey Bloys, chief content officer of HBO and HBO Max, told THR, “As proud of the show as we are, there aren’t any plans to bring Girls back. It’s great to know new viewers will continue to discover the [original] series.” 

Plus, Dunham gave even more reason for the network to hold off on the Girls reboot, and it had to do with Driver’s role in the Star Wars films. “We all recognize it’s not time yet,” she said. “I want it to be at a moment when the characters’ lives have really changed. Right now, everyone would just be wanting to see Kylo Ren.”

‘Girls’ HBO reboot theory could change the way fans view the series

While there’s no concrete plans for a reboot of Girls, fans can still daydream about what it might look like. When Girls first started, fans had theories about the show’s overall premise and possible ending — some of which could still be plausible for the potential reboot, including the theory that says each episode is an essay penned by Dunham’s Hannah Horvath.

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In one episode, Hannah wondered if she made her boyfriend Adam Sackler (Driver) up, to which Shoshanna Shapiro (Mamet) replies, “Did you?” 

“You never directly read or hear any of her essays,” said a fan on Reddit way back when. “Yet she always makes a point to remind other characters that she only writes essays. Could that be because she’s already in the essay and therefore the reading couldn’t be of something that is presently happening?” A viable theory for the potential future reboot and one many fans wouldn’t see coming. 

Every season of Girls is available on HBO Max. 

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