“Girls” season 3 was dealt a shocker before work on season 3 really even began, and it basically leads to one simple statement: Marnie no longer has Charlie. Christopher Abbott shockingly left the series, with various reports suggesting that creative differences with Lena Dunham being the reason why.
However, Abbott has now finally spoken out about his decision to move on to other opportunities, and explains that specifically, it all just came down to him not feeling any sort of inspiration from the character anymore. You can peg this as “creative differences” if you want, but he makes an effort to praise Lena in an interview with the New York Times while also explaining that artistically, he does not want to be stuck in the role of a character that he cannot relate to in any way:
“The world that Lena [Dunham, the creator] wrote was very real, especially in New York. But it wasn’t as relatable for me on a personal level. It’s not that I only like to play roles I know to a T, but there’s something satisfying about playing parts where you really relate to the characters.”
Abbott’s Charlie did undergo a startling change between the first and second seasons, when he suddenly struck gold with a software app that became an overnight success. He therefore went from a struggling musician that drove Marnie crazy inside to an ambitious man that Marnie wanted to pursue; the two had finally seemed close to their happy ending at the end of season 2, but now she is going to be starting out single yet again.
“Girls” season 3 will not premiere on HBO until early next year, but you can at least check out the “in production” teaser for the show over here, and we will have more as it becomes available.