Paleyfest 2015 got off to a great start tonight with the Homeland Panel, and we learned a few interesting things about the new season and about the process of creating the show. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out our live coverage from the event and our recap of the panel. Check out all of our PaleyFest coverage here.
1. Judd Apatow Has Ideas For The Ending Of The Series
The panel revealed that Apatow has pitched ideas on how the series should end, but Dunham revealed that she very much disagrees with them. There was no saying on where the series would go, but it was clear that they were in talks for how to end the arc.
2. Lena Dunham Has Stayed the Same Throughout Many Years
It is very often that fame and fortune change a person. The staff of the show has known Dunham since her first feature Tiny Furniture, which put her on the map. They confirmed that she has stayed the same person throughout the growing popularity of her material.
3. The Creators Of Girls Are Aware Of How Their Characters Are Perceived
Both Apatow and Dunham revealed that they very much know that there are annoying moments in the series where the audience hates the characters. They argued that the show is based in reality where people would act this way, and are not always likable.
4. The Series Is Influenced By The Sopranos
While certainly not influenced in tone or story, Dunham revealed that she takes cues from the crime-drama when it comes to the small details in the series. She mentioned how important the small details were in that show, and that influenced her attention to world building in her series.
5. Lena Dunham Was Previously Fired From An HBO Mini-Series
Dunham was previously cast in HBO’s Mildred Pierce. It would be years before she would return to the network to be a part of her popular series. She turned a discouraging moment into a stepping stone on her way to success.