Who Should Replace Charlie As Marnie’s Love Interest On HBO’s Girls?

SAY IT AIN’T SO! Christopher Abbott’s rep confirmed the rumors: Girls’ on-again, off-again couple, Marnie and Charlie, are done for good this time. What happened between Chris and Lena Dunham? Who should Marnie date in season three? So. Many. Questions.

Girls co-star Christopher Abbott – who plays Allison Williams’ boyfriend Charlie on the hit series abruptly left the show this week. Sources told Page Six that Abbott and creator Lena Dunham began butting heads, “They’ve just started work on Season 3, and Chris is at odds with Lena,” a source said. “He didn’t like the direction things are going in, which seems a bit odd since the show put him on the map.” Chris rep released this statement: “He 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.”

DEVASTATED. SHOCKED. HEART-BROKEN.

This totally sucky news comes just two weeks after season two’s sweet rom-com finale, and now we’re left wondering so much. What does this mean for the writing? Season three of the show is currently in-production. Lena can’t be taking this well, the series is her tenderly cultivated baby that’s just been mercilessly dropped on its head.

And what does this mean for Marnie? While it may be a tad too soon for fans to imagine her with anyone else – we now need to embrace a Charlie-less Girls. Check out some suggestions for men that may be able to fill the void…

3. Why Charlie? WHY?!

How can you do this to Marnie? You’re supposed to be the nice guy!

4. Well, this has a whole new meaning…

5. Booth Jonathan

Expect Booth Jonathan to stir the pot in another cameo appearance for season three. But Marnie definitely deserves better.

6. (Shoshanna’s Ex) Ray

YOU NEVER KNOW.

7. Patrick Wilson

It wouldn’t be the first time Marnie’s slept with one of Hannah’s former lovers (ahem, Elijah).

8. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

His quirky charm and pretty-boy looks would easily fill Charlie’s shoes. Plus, think about all those sex scenes…

9. Chace Crawford

Come back to TV, Nate!

10. Jesse Williams

Grey’s Anatomy jumped-the-shark seasons ago, Jesse should lend his talents to a grittier role.

11. Ryan Gosling

We all know that this wouldn’t be a completed list without him.

Girl, you’re going to be okay. Keep dancing.

While I hate to say it — Abbott’s departure might be a deal-breaker for me. Can Girls redeem and recover? Who do you think should replace Charlie? Sound off in the comments!

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