HBO has officially confirmed that the sixth season of Girls will be the show's last.
The network announced the news (as well as officially renewing the show) with a press release Wednesday, ahead of the HBO panel at the Television Critics Association winter previews in Los Angeles.
"Lena Dunham and her brilliant collaborators, including Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, have given HBO a signature series of rare wit and intelligence," HBO President Michael Lombardo said in a statement. "They are exceptional talents, and I can't wait to see what Lena, Jenni and Judd have in store for the final seasons of this unique show, and look forward to working with them on future projects."
Added creator and star Dunham: "I can't imagine a more fulfilling creative experience than Girls," says Dunham. "The freedom and support that HBO has given Jenni, Judd and me is something rare and beautiful. The commitment and originality of our actors has been stunning, and our crew is truly my family. I conceived of Girls when I was 23 and now I'm nearly 30 - the show has quite perfectly spanned my 20s, the period of time that it's about - and so it feels like the right time to wrap our story up. We look forward to creating a sixth season that will honor our amazing cast, crew and fans. And in the Girls universe, nothing ever ends too neatly."
The news is not unexpected. Dunham has been pushing the idea that Season 6 may be the ideal ending point for the show since April, telling Variety, "I think America has a tendency to push shows past their due dates. I like the British model — in and out." Co-showrunner Jenni Konner also predicted Season 6 as a good end for the show to The Hollywood Reporter at the Season 4 finale party.
"Maybe we wrap it up in six. It all depends. But also we're not in the business of running it into the ground," she said. "We would like to end in a graceful place. And we'd like to tell a complete story. What that means is that we really have to start building towards an end soon, creatively."
The news comes ahead of Girls'Season 5 premiere, which will pick up after the Season 4 finale time jump. Hannah (Dunham) will have to balance her continual quest to self-actualize with being a bridesmaid in her best friend Marnie's (Allison Williams) wedding.
Girls Season 5 premieres Sunday, Feb. 21 at 10/9c on HBO.