After 11 seasons and 134 episodes, Chicago said farewell to Showtime’s Shameless as it came to an end on Sunday evening, April 11, 2021 with its emotional and very timely series finale.
Warning: This story contains spoilers from the Sunday, April 11, finale of Shameless.
Recap of Shameless finale
The series’ patriarch, Frank (William H. Macy), who was diagnosed with dementia caused by his alcoholism, ended up in the hospital alone after contracting coronavirus, where he ultimately died. On his deathbed, Frank sees visions of his family from early in the show’s run.
Meanwhile, unaware of their father’s passing, the rest of the Gallagher family reunited for Ian (Cameron Monaghan) and Mickey’s (Noel Fisher) wedding. Noticeably absent from the party was Emmy Rossum‘s Fiona Gallagher. Many fans assumed the 34-year-old actress, who left the show in 2019, would make a cameo in the show’s finale episode since she was part of the series for nine of the eleven seasons.
The show had initially planned to have Fiona appear in the finale, but showrunner John Wells revealed to TVLine why Emmy Rossum could not film a last appearance. Unfortunately due to delays in filming because of the global pandemic and the fact that she lives in NY city, the logistics just didn’t work out for her return to the series for the finale.
Shameless ends without providing resolution for what happens to the Gallagher children.
We never find out if Lip sold the house, what happened with Debs (Emma Kenney) and Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) and Liam (Christian Isaiah), or if Kev and Vee sell the Alibi and move to Louisville.
The final scene ends with everyone gathered together to celebrate Ian and Mickey’s wedding anniversary.
The Shameless fans have reacted. As with all top rated shows, the ensemble of characters become friends. And when the show ends it feels as if your favorite neighbors have moved away. For good. Like to another continent.
But lets look on the bright side. We have 134 episodes to binge on. I think I’ll watch the pilot tomorrow.