As you've probably heard already if you spend a lot of time on the internet, Christopher Abbott, who plays Charlie on Girls, won't be coming back for the show's 3rd season. Too bad, so sad. And also, kind of abrupt.
Per a vague statement from his representatives, "[Chris] is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd [Apatow], and the entire Girls cast and crew, but right now he’s working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show." Well, fine. Supposedly, his departure is more related to "off-camera drama" and "creative differences" with Dunham, but with no way to corroborate that, all we can do is mourn, and reminisce. Charlie was sort of lame, sure — he and Marnie deserved each other, if nothing else — but no one can say he didn't have his moments. Let's take a little time to say goodbye.
Diary-reading is a pretty despicable thing to do, as a rule, but in this case, it can be forgiven, even sanctioned. Why? Because his use of a public forum to read Hannah's diary entry about his and Marnie's (terrible) relationship forced both women, however briefly, to confront the reality that they are shitty, shitty people. This was a good thing.
It doesn't even matter that his feather-wearing, mustard-making girlfriend Audrey is an irredeemable asshole. She made Marnie feel bad about herself — maybe even introspective? — and this was a good thing.
This was a big moment for Charlie. It was the first inkling we ever had that he could actually be talented and in possession of his own interests — that crazy wooden structure he "built" is truly impressive — and also, an excellent opportunity make Marnie feel terrible by reminding her that she'd never actually been to his apartment. Ever. Not once, over the course of a long-term relationship. Insane.
Or, actually, "That little Ewok in fucking capri pants." He was not wrong.
Because really, oral sex is a truly crazy and horrible moment to start badgering your boyfriend about who he may have slept with when you were broken up. There's actually no good moment for that, but this is maybe the worst. Marnie is incapable of any kind of gratitude.
I mean, this is purely speculative, since the 3rd season hasn't happened yet. But given where things left off at the end of last season, it doesn't seem like there's a way for things between them to end well. This is not really a problem. If there's any takeaway here, it's that Charlie was at his very best when he was emotionally wounding Marnie, in one way or another. For this, he will be missed.
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