The Gallagher’s will be back to their Chicago south-side shenanigans this December for the final season.
After being delayed from its original summer premiere, Showtime’s longest running series will begin its 11th and final season on December 6th. After ending with 11 seasons, the Showtime iteration will have the same run as the British series it was based on, although the American version veered in an entirely different direction early on.
Granted the series is ending because Showtime had cancelled it rather than the showrunners and the cast wanting to end the story. The head writer of the series, John Wells, said that he would continue to write the show forever.
“I haven’t changed my opinion, I’d write it forever,” Wells said back in January. “I love this show. But Showtime really felt that it was their time to end doing the show. And we respect that; they’ve been such great partners to take us through 11 years of making the show. It took almost seven years to get the show made in the first place, so I never thought I would make it this long. But I haven’t changed my opinion, I could do it forever. They were just ready to be done. With the cast, we never had a conversation with Bill [Macy] or anyone else about whether they wanted to stay longer because Showtime let us know that they were ready to close up shop. Like I said, I’m so appreciative of all the support they’ve given us all these years that it would be very ungrateful of me to not just thank them. But, if anybody else wants to make it, let’s make it. I’ll make it. There’s just so much to write about and I love these characters.”
“There’s never an end to the things we can satirize in the American projects, so I think they should expect more of the same,” he shared. “Certainly keeping Ian and Mickey together and trying to see what it’s like for them to be newlyweds, seeing Carl move on with his life, and how Tami and Lip are going to adjust to really being together, and how do we form our own families without undermining our relationships with our original family. That’s a real challenge, to bring other people in your life that you realize have to be more important in the decision making than the family members you’ve always considered to be the most important thing — and how does everyone adjust to that.”
Speaking of keeping your family close, will Fiona return for a final farewell? We will just have to wait and find out.
The final season of the hit series Shameless premieres December 6th on Showtime.