By Suyin Haynes
September 30, 2016
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Suyin Haynes is an Associate Audience Editor for TIME.

The final episode of Lena Dunham’s series Girls has just finished filming, and the show’s stars have paid emotional tributes to its fans as well as the cast and crew.

In a series of reflective and emotional Instagram posts, Dunham wrote: “Before Girls I had zero identity, zero self-love and an urgent sense of untapped creative desire that kept me up and sweating at night.” A caption to one of her “crelfies” (crying selfies) reads “When we shot our pilot six years ago, I never dreamed that I could be so fulfilled by the process of art-making, of collaboration, of honest expression. And so through this show I developed an identity, gained a new kind of family and began my life in earnest.”

While the final episode is not set to air in the U.S. until sometime next year, filming wrapped on Thursday evening. The show, which follows four women navigating twenty-something life in New York, premiered on HBO in 2012, was created by Dunham specifically to feature an all female lead cast.

Dunham’s co-star Allison Williams paid tribute to the show’s cast and crew in her own post. Referring to her character Marnie, Williams wrote “I couldn’t feel luckier that I got to play her.” The sixth and final series of Girls is set to premiere this winter, according to Nylon.

[Nylon]

Write to Suyin Haynes at suyin.haynes@time.com.

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