Is Shoshanna Girl’s most disposable character? Lena Dunham certainly thinks so. Posed with the conundrum of how to keep Girls fresh, edgy, and unpredictable, Dunham has admitted that killing off our favorite sexually repressed ‘Baggage‘ loving stress freak is a very real possibility.
“I think about it all the time,” Dunham told Dasha Zhukova’s Garage magazine.
“I don’t want to kill Jessa [Jemima Kirke] 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 behavior — or
she’s going to eat something weird and get something strange. The
implications of Marnie [Allison Williams] dying would be too insane for
Hannah [Dunham’s character, who is best friends with Marnie]. Which only
leaves the option of Shoshanna [Mamet].”
Dunham has been lauded for her realness and warts-and-all approach to the characters, yet this intrinsic strength of the show means central figures are often times, distinctly unlikeable. When Girls is in danger of getting bogged down in the self-obsessed lives of the over-educated New York twenty somethings, it’s inevitably Shoshanna who breaks through with the levity lifting lols. And to think, Shoshanna was not supposed to appear beyond the pilot.
“[Mamet] definitely shifted my original conception of the character,
which was a much more tangential girl, whose main job was to illuminate
how un-‘Sex and the City’ this world was,” Dunham told New York Times Magazine last month.
“But Zosia’s read — her odd intonations, her roiling insecurity —
gave me the sense that Shoshanna could be something much larger.”
Sure, Shoshanna crossed off number 1 on her bucket list when she finally lost her virginity at the end of Season 1, but we still get the impression that there is so much more for the wide-eyed, nieve, fast talking daddy’s girl to achieve. Losing Shoshanna would be a tragedy. SOS. Save our Shoshanna.
via Huffington Post