Andrew Rannells’ Elijah Is Getting A Boyfriend On Upcoming Fifth Season Of “Girls”

"We’re all going to be grown-ups this year!"

Andrew Rannells’ Elijah has long been a contentious character in the land of HBO’s Girls, since first bursting onto the scene towards the end of Season 1, brazenly telling Lena Dunham’s Hannah that her father was gay.

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The pronouncement turned out to be me a major foreshadowing, as her father did in fact come out during the show’s fourth season finale earlier this year.

Elijah has long been a tumultuous figure in Hannah’s life, first twisting a knife in her heart by coming out during their college relationship, then sleeping with her best friend Marnie (Alison Williams) in Season 2 and just being generally really mean.

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His last boyfriend, Season 3’s Pal (Danny Strong), turned out to be a major dud and Season 4 saw Elijah as more of a tag-along accessory to Hannah.

So what’s in store for Hannah’s spunky ex?

“I can say that we all sort of get to grow up a little bit this season, or pretend to a little bit,” Rannells told Vulture at the Carole premiere. “Like, this is the biggest swing we’re all taking at adulthood. So, Elijah actually gets to have a version of a real relationship, which is very exciting. That was the biggest attempt at, like, ‘We’re all going to be grown-ups this year!’ It’s a lot of fun.”

Season 5 of Girls will premiere on February 21 on HBO.