When Girls returns to HBO on February 21 for its fifth season, we’ll see all the principals gathered for Marnie’s (Allison Williams) wedding.
When EW sat down with the four women of Girls, they remember the filming of the episode as a particularly special one. “It’s always a treat for us [to film together] because it’s so nice to hang,” says Williams. In fact she, Jemima Kirke (Jessa) and Zosia Mamet (Shoshana) all bunked up at Kirke’s mother’s house upstate.
Dunham, who also directs the episode, remembers this one as an example of her friends and co-workers rising to the occasion. “Not to be cheesy or too overshare-y, but that was an episode when I truly felt the love of you guys,” says Dunham. “I was really sick and then the minute I got better, my uncle, who I was very close to, passed away. You guys gathered around me in this really amazing way.”
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It’s also an amazing episode: would it surprise anyone to know that Marnie as a bride is just, well, the Marnie-est? Between micro-managing her bridemaids’ hair and makeup and worrying over the weather, she’s a bridezilla that crosses some new lines of passive aggression. “It’s so fun to be able to turn that dial way up and leave it there,” says Williams. She turns to Dunham. “Remember in the beginning I was like, ‘So what’s the arc?’ You were just like, ‘Up and down, up and down.’ ” Dunham laughs. “You were trying to map it out in an emotionally intelligent way and I was like, ‘Uh, no. You are that crazy chick now.”
Girls returns Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.
A version of this story originally appeared in Entertainment Weekly #1399. For more Girls, pick up the latest issue on newsstands now, or available for purchase here.