"It wouldn't be Girls if everything was perfect."
But who needs perfection when people are having so much fun watching the trials, tribulations and taco parties of Lena Dunham's band of twentysomething emotional disasters on HBO's Girls, which returns for its third season on Sunday, Jan. 12. Need proof that Girls' imperfections are what make the show so, well, perfect? HBO has already picked it up for a fourth season, and the show is nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 2014 Golden Globes on Sunday. (Who needs "likable" when you're watchable?!)
E! News chatted with the four ladies of Girls at the season-three premiere party in New York City to get scoop on what's ahead for TV's coolest and most dysfunctional group of lady friends. Spoiler Alert: It's messy. And complicated. And we wouldn't have it any other way.
Hannah (Lena Dunham)
Where We Left Off: Our heroine was a hot mess, succumbing to her OCD and facing a lawsuit from her publisher. After cutting her own hair, eating Cool Whip and receiving a verbal smackdown from her neighbor and one-time hookup Laird, Adam (Adam Driver) came to Hannah's rescue, breaking down her door and saying, "I was always here."
Where We Pick Up: Surprisingly enough, Hannah is kind of owning it in season three, and by "it," we mean life. She's in a healthy relationship with Adam (healthy for them anyway), she's made up with her publisher, and her OCD is totally under control. But can Hannah really keep it together for very long? "I don't know if we have a show if everything fell into place, but people are definitely starting to try to move to adulthood," Dunham tells E! News. "Whether that's successful, we shall see."
As for a few teases, we'll meet someone from Adam's past, Hannah will get a freelance writing gig and will come face-to-face with one of Adam's exes. (Awkward alert.)
Marnie (Allison Williams)
Where We Left Off: After two seasons of back and forth (and one regrettable singing performance at his company's party), Marnie and Charlie (Christopher Abbott) seemed to finally find their happily ever after.
Where We Pick Up: After the abrupt departure of Abbott from the series just one day before season three was set to begin filming, Marnie's storyline for the year took a different turn. Aka she was dumped. Hard. "Her heart was broken and she is sleeping on her mom's couch," Williams previews. "Things aren't great, but in true Marnie fashion, she's pretending they're fine. She'll never let you see her sweat."
We can tease that Marnie will land a new job, a new apartment and a new hookup in the first six episodes.
Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet)
Where We Left Off: After dumping Ray (Alex Karpovsky), the taker of her virginity, Shosh is single and oh-so-ready to mingle.
Where We Pick Up: "She's definitely sewing her oats," Mamet teases of her quippy character, who is set to graduate from college soon. "I would say she's mining her diamonds." As for Shosh and Ray? The fan-favorite couple will have their first encounter since the breakup a few episodes in. And that's all we'll say about that.
Jessa (Jemima Kirke)
Where We Left Off: Um, she abandoned Hannah at her father's farm. That's the last we saw of the group's free spirit in season two, though Hannah did leave her an angry voicemail in the finale.
Where We Pick Up: We literally cannot tell you a single thing about Jessa's storyline in the premiere (too spoilery!), other than that she does appear and does not share scenes with any of the other girls.
Of all the ladies, Jessa has always seemed the most troubled and lost, something that won't be changing anytime soon, according to Kirke. "No not at all," she says. "I mean, there's always the moments that get you in your gut, where you're like, 'It's going to be OK.' It's those little bits of light that Lena throws in between the s--t, you know?"
Girls returns this Sunday, Jan. 12, at 9 p.m. on HBO.
For more scoop on Girls' third season, watch our interviews with Dunham, Williams, Mamet and Kirke above!