After 11 acclaimed seasons, Showtime’s dark drama Shameless has come to an end. The gritty finale to Sunday’s series ousted the Gallagher family in explosive style, but not before the cast and crew said their goodbyes.
Several stars of the long-running series took to social media ahead of Sunday’s grand finale to say their own goodbyes and share memories of their time on set.
William H. Macy, who played the drunken and irresponsible patriarch of the show’s dysfunctional family, shared a post on Instagram, showing the cast giving the most appropriate goodbye to the Gallagher family: turning off the camera.
“Goodbye Shameless. End of an era, “Macy captioned the cast photo.” Finale this Sunday on Showtime. “
In the photo, Macy was joined by her co-stars Jeremy Allen White, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Kenney, Ethan Cutkosky, Noel Fisher, Kate Miner and Christian Isaiah.
Kenney also shared a heartfelt tribute, posting a black and white photo, writing, “And that’s our show folks. The series finale airs tonight. @shameless THANK YOU times 11. “
Monaghan, meanwhile, shared a photo slideshow showing the cast together as a group, sharing fun times and generally celebrating the end of an era in their lives.
“The final party. Our latest episode of Shameless airs this Sunday. Time to close. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here, “he wrote.” Thank you for joining us on the trip. “
As for the ending itself …
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In the finale, “Father Frank, Full of Grace,” the show came to an end in the way that many fans seemed to know and / or feared.
In a conclusion that felt downright distressing and cautious, Frank (Macy) contracted COVID-19 and ended up on a ventilator, where he eventually died from the disease.
In his final moments, having overdosed in the penultimate episode and suffered from alcohol-related dementia, Frank sat alone in the hospital remembering his family through flashbacks.
Then, like some kind of ghost, he soared into the sky and over the hospital, hovering over the city and giving advice to his family, which would probably never be heard. In a final scene, Frank’s body is being cremated and is so saturated with alcohol that the crematorium explodes.
The episode was not without its lingering unanswered questions and unfinished stories that leave the world still viable to revisit in the future, even without Frank.
However, the one thing that many fans seemed to notice the most was not what was on the screen, but who was not. Specifically, many fans were disappointed that Emmy Rossum, who played Frank’s eldest daughter, Fiona, until her departure in season 9, was not returning for the grand finale.
Earlier this month, ET spoke with Shanola Hampton, who has been on the show since the first season, and talked about saying goodbye after more than a decade.
“It’s surreal. It’s funny because for 11 years, I always knew that we would come back. It’s just the advantage of a successful show. So this is the first time that we didn’t come back. Yesterday we said goodbye to the sets. [March 8] that we won’t be filming again and that was surreal, “Hampton told ET’s Kevin Frazier.” Big stages: Gallagher’s house, Kevin’s house and V. “It’s been crazy.”
With Shameless As production comes to a close, the 43-year-old actress says she “definitely hasn’t [her] however, “that he will never step into Veronica’s shoes again.”
“We keep saying, ‘This is the last time. This is the last time we’ll do this. ‘ But I don’t think that will happen until you are supposed to go back. Like the hiatus ends and then it’s like, ‘Oh wait, I’m not going back to Shameless,Hampton said. That’s when I think it will hit. “
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