“We were always conscious, especially because the show has been at times such a lightning rod, of overstaying our welcome. We’ve been very blessed to have the experience of people continuing to engage in the show in a really kind of rabid way after four — heading into five — years. We wanted to make sure we kept the momentum alive and didn’t allow it to soften over time.”
Pointing to her own age, Dunham noted that if they continued the show much longer, “it wouldn’t be about what it was originally about,” adding:
“Also, it is about this really incredibly specific period in these women’s lives. Just on a personal level, I was 23 when I wrote the pilot; I’m gonna be 30 as we shoot the sixth season. And it just felt as though, if we were to continue on, it wouldn’t be about what it was originally about. It would be the equivalent of moving them to California, only California is them getting married and having kids and stuff like that. It just feels like at this point, it makes sense for us to wrap their stories up.
Leaving the door open to a revival movie many years from now, Dunham added:
“I always say, ‘I would love in 10-15 years to get us all back together and go to Dubai! Nothing would make me happier!’ I just feel like now is the right time.”