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Allison Williams on why HBO's 'Girls' are still friends -- and what's in store for season 3's finale

When we first met Lena Dunham’s Girls, each one had a clear role to play: Hannah (Lena Dunham) was our neurotic protagonist. Shoshannah (Zosia Mamet) was the naive one. Jessa (Jemima Kirke) was the selfish free spirit. And Marnie — played with pretty, uptight perfection by Allison Williams — was the only member of the group who really seemed to have her life figured out.

That was then. Since its pilot, Girls has systematically stripped away everything that helped Marnie maintain her carefully constructed facade — her long-term boyfriend, her job, even her friendships with the other girls. But even though her character started out season 3 having truly hit rock bottom — before digging even deeper — Williams is convinced that things really are looking up for Marnie as the dramedy heads into its third finale. (Even the hate-sex she’s been having with Shosh’s ex-boyfriend Ray is a net positive!) Why? See her reasoning below — as well as her thoughts on embarrassing music videos, offscreen curveballs, and why these four are still friends, despite all evidence that they shouldn’t be.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I want to start out by asking point blank if you, personally, like Marnie.
ALLISON WILLIAMS:
[Laughs] I do! I would probably be friends with her — I’m sure she would drive me crazy, but I would employ a very straightforward method of communicating with her. I think she’s someone who benefits from that — I think she really is drawn to people who are somewhat direct, if not slightly mean to her. READ FULL STORY

'Girls': Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner answer our burning questions about season 2

Lena Dunham (middle) and Zosia Mamet (right), with Elijah’s boyfriend, George (Billy Morrisette) on “Girls”

This Sunday, Girls returns to HBO for its second season—with a bit of a warning. “If you loved what we were doing last season, then we’re speaking right to you,” the show’s co-creator and star Lena Dunham told EW in our Winter TV Preview issue. “If you hated it, then I’m afraid things aren’t going to change.”

You’ll have to wait to see how you feel about the cocaine episode, and the episode where Hannah has a pretty awkward discussion about race. But in the meantime, we’ve been chatting with Dunham and Girls co-creator Jenni Konner about what to expect this season. Below, we’ve excerpted sections of two separate conversations with each show runner. They answer our burning questions about the new episodes.

Judging by the trailer, it looks like Hannah gets together with a lot of guys this season. How has the way she views her love life changed?
Lena Dunham: Hannah is desperate for experiences to write about, done with Adam and confident that she understands the mechanics of sex. (Spoiler alert: she doesn’t.) This leads to embracing unwise hookups and ruining wiser ones.
Jenni Konner: Let’s be honest, her love life is never that hot, but it will be very busy.

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'Girls': The Maxim photo-shoot scene you never saw -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Do we really have to wait 36 and a half more days until HBO’s Girls returns for a second season? (The show comes back Jan. 13, if you don’t feel like doing the math.) That’s much too long to spend anticipating Lena Dunham’s make-out scene with Donald Glover (is that him at 0:16 in this trailer?), Allison Williams’ big karaoke performance of Sarah McLachlan’s “Building a Mystery,” and the sleazy-sexy return of Jorma “I Think You’re a Person Who’s About To Have Sex With Me” Taccone.

But until then, you can tide yourself over with reruns from the first season, which will be out on DVD on Dec. 11, with bonus scenes that didn’t make the first cut. In this one, Hannah (Dunham) and Marnie (Williams) run into Hannah’s college nemesis, Tally (played by Jenny Slate of SNL fame). Remember Tally from “Leave Me Alone,” the episode where she published her first book, and we learned that her boyfriend committed suicide by popping a Percocet and crashing his car? Well, here, she’s posing for a Maxim photo shoot, as part of the magazine’s “Women of Letters” series. And her barely-there bikini is, shall we say, very creative. Watch what happens below.

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