It’s hard to believe that the Gallagher family has been a part of our lives for the past 10 years — we’ve literally watched the actors and their respective characters grow up right before our eyes every Sunday night. Now, as the group packs up their bags, their hula lamps, and moves on from the South Side of Chicago, Shameless fans prepare to say goodbye ahead of the series finale on April 11. The penultimate episode gave us some pretty strong clues as to how the Showtime series would wrap up, but one major cliffhanger has us wondering: does Frank die?
It’s a question we’ve asked about William H. Macy’s character more times than we’d like to admit, as his rambunctious behavior has left him with plenty of hospital stays and even at the bottom of a lake. But as he comes to terms with his alcoholic dementia diagnosis, the second to last episode shows Frank with drugs and what appears to be a note to his family. Frank is far from the supportive, nurturing parent his children hoped he would be; Frank is Frank. However, there’s no denying that his relationships with his children have grown over the last season, which is why this scene is decidedly painful.
In the preview for the series finale of Shameless, we see the kids sharing the news that “Frank OD’d again.” Liam tells Lip that he’s “sort of gone,” and we see Frank with his eyes open in the hospital. It does not appear that Frank is dead, but it’s possible he may never be the same after the overdose.
While this is an emotional scene for the entire family, our hearts are especially aching for Liam. The two have formed such a special bond, and despite being fully aware of the dangers of Frank’s lifestyle, Liam simply wants to make him happy and “do Frank things.” However the series wraps up, we’re truly going to miss the Gallagher family as well as the laughs and F-bombs they brought to our screens Sunday nights.