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Friday 19 December 2014

Lena Dunham considers Girls death

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09:  Lena Dunham attends the premiere of "Girls" season 2 hosted by HBO at NYU Skirball Center on January 9, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Lena Dunham attends the premiere of "Girls" season 2 hosted by HBO at NYU Skirball Center on January 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Lena Dunham says killing off Jessa in Girls would be “too obvious”.

The star writes, stars in and directs the US comedy show, which became an instant hit when it launched last year. Lena was asked which of the four main characters she would consider ditching for dramatic effect during an interview with Garage magazine, and took time to consider her options. In the series Lena plays Hannah, who has a close circle of friends Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna. Girls is set in New York City and follows the four young women as they struggle to find love and the right career.

Lena insists there is one character, played by Jemima Kirke, whose death would be too predictable.

“I don’t want to kill Jessa off because it’s too obvious. She seems like the person who’s going to drive off a cliff or contract a horrible, life-threatening disease through bad behaviour - or she’s going to eat something weird and get something strange,” she explained.

However, Lena also accepts that the departure of Marnie, played by Allison Williams, would be too devastating for Hannah as she is her best friend. This realisation helps bring Lena to her final decision.

“The implications of Marnie dying would be too insane for. Which only leaves the option of Shoshanna,” she added.

Shoshanna is Jessa’s bubbly and innocent cousin and is played by Zosia Mamet.

Girls has enjoyed huge success and is currently in its second season. Lena’s rise to fame was cemented last month when she picked up the best comedy TV actress Golden Globe Award for her turn as Hannah, while the show was named best TV comedy.

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