Emmy Rossum’s Fiona Gallagher may not be appearing in Season 10 of Shameless, but that doesn’t mean that the largely dependable sister has been forgotten. However, since Season 10 is the first time the Gallaghers will be facing new hardships without her, executive producer John Wells has come out to explain how Shameless is handling the family’s drama in Fiona’s absence.
In the Shameless Season 10 premiere, Fiona’s sister, Debbie (Emma Kenney) has taken over responsibility for the Gallagher family finances, while Lip (Jeremy Allen White) and girlfriend Tami (Kate Miner) welcomed a newborn son after a complicated birth. While Fiona had always been there for her siblings in their time of need, John Wells wanted to make clear that Fiona didn’t abandon her family and that’s why her presence was so embedded into the premiere. (A good thing, since Miner has been promoted to series regular, meaning Tami and Lips' fun is just beginning in full.)
Here's how John Wells put it:
The way the writers handled everything in the Season 10 premiere was very true to reality. After all, family members don’t have to be extremely nearby to "be there for you" in the bad times. In fact, the core thrust of Season 10 is seeing how the Gallagher family will move on without Fiona, as well as what that means for all of them is at the core of the show this season, John Wells told TV Guide.
Last year, Emmy Rossum announced her departure from the long-running Showtime series, sending fans into a frenzy. After hitting several speed bumps throughout the season, Fiona decided in the Season 9 finale, Fiona, decided that she wouldn’t be able to change if she stayed in the same place. So, she told her family about her decision to leave, booked a one-way flight, and left without attending her goodbye party. Her farewell was a tearjerker, though, that’s for sure.
Shameless Season 10 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime. For more on what TV shows are new and returning this fall, be sure to check out our complete guide to premiere dates and times through the end of the year.
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