The ‘Shameless’ collection finale was lacking one main Gallagher. Emmy Rossum didn’t return for the ultimate episode, and the showrunner explains why her return finally fell by.

The Gallaghers bid farewell after 11 seasons with the Shameless collection finale on April 11. The ultimate episode of the collection featured all that arduous dwelling catching up with Frank for the final time. The Gallagher patriarch died within the hospital alone as his alcoholic dementia continued to worsen. In the meantime, the Gallaghers celebrated Ian and Mickey’s wedding ceremony anniversary, utterly unaware that Frank died.

Given this was the ultimate episode of the long-running collection, followers had been anticipating the return of Emmy Rossum’s Fiona Gallagher, who left the collection in season 9. The character didn’t come again, and showrunner John Wells revealed how COVID-19 prevented her from having the ability to be part of the final episode.

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Emmy Rossum left in season 9 of ‘Shameless.’ (Showtime)

“Emmy and I had a variety of conversations about it, attempting to make it work,” John advised EW. “She’s been in New York with [husband] Sam [Esmail], the place they reside, and proper concerning the time the place we had been speaking about placing all of it collectively was when the extra lockdowns form of hit once more, and it simply didn’t really feel protected or sensible for her to return again. So I feel it’s with quite a lot of remorse that we couldn’t do it but it surely’s simply extra minor casualty of our 12 months of COVID.”

Potential storylines for Fiona had been mentioned, however nothing ever truly got here to fruition within the writers’ room. Nonetheless, John did reveal what he thinks Fiona was doing when the present got here to an finish. “I feel she’s down in Florida,” he advised The Hollywood Reporter. “We joked within the room that she ended up getting a job at Disney World, in all probability in Epcot Middle as a result of she would by no means get a job on the higher aspect. We had a variety of jokes for her however we by no means truly nailed it down. However she would have a life and be pursuing her personal issues. That’s how folks transfer on with their lives.”

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Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin as Fiona and Jimmy-Steve. (Showtime)

Since Fiona’s return by no means occurred, which means followers won’t ever get to know if she ended up with Jimmy-Steve (Justin Chatwin) once more. When requested about Fiona’s romantic life, John advised THR that the writing group “by no means labored it out” who Fiona was with romantically ultimately.

Forward of the collection finale, Emmy despatched like to her Shameless castmates. “I’m so happy with this solid and am immensely honored to have been part of a present as distinctive and impactful as Shameless. I’ll miss you this Sunday!” she tweeted on April 8.