It is arduous to consider that the Gallagher household has been part of our lives for the previous 10 years — we have actually watched the actors and their respective characters develop up proper earlier than our eyes each Sunday night time. Now, because the group packs up their baggage, their hula lamps, and strikes on from the South Facet of Chicago, Shameless followers put together to say goodbye forward of the sequence finale on April 11. The penultimate episode gave us some fairly sturdy clues as to how the Showtime sequence would wrap up, however one main cliffhanger had us questioning: does Frank die?
It is a query we have requested about William H. Macy’s character extra occasions than we would wish to admit, as his rambunctious habits has left him with loads of hospital stays and even on the backside of a lake. However as he involves phrases with his alcoholic dementia diagnosis, the second to final episode reveals Frank with medication and what seems to be a observe to his household. Frank is way from the supportive, nurturing dad or mum his youngsters hoped he could be; Frank is Frank. Nevertheless, there is not any denying that his relationships along with his youngsters have grown over the past season, which is why this scene is decidedly painful.
At the start of sequence finale of Shameless, we see the youngsters sharing the information that “Frank OD’d once more” as he is handed out on the sofa. None appear significantly involved as they head off about their respective days. Ultimately, Frank will get up from the sofa and stumbles out the door in a daze. Liam tells Lip that he is “type of gone,” with Lip believing that Frank has died. Frank continues wandering across the metropolis in a daze, revisiting previous haunts like Patsy’s Pies and a church the place he believes he is an altar boy. The priest calls an ambulance for Frank as he is despatched off to the hospital for a ultimate time.
Within the hospital, Frank’s fever spikes as he checks optimistic for COVID-19. Frank spends his ultimate moments alone, remembering his household in flashbacks from the present’s earliest episodes. Sadly, the remainder of the Gallagher clan by no means study that he’s dying because of his ridiculously giant hospital file; though Lip crosses paths with the ambulance with out realizing it. Additionally they by no means discover the observe he left earlier than overdosing. True to the sequence and its darkish humor, a mid-credits scene sees the crematorium oven exploding resulting from Frank’s alcohol-ridden physique. It is unclear as as to whether he dies from his alcoholic dementia, COVID-19 problems, or because of his latest overdose.
“Folks say you possibly can’t drink your troubles away,” Frank muses as he floats off into the unknown. “I say you are simply not consuming sufficient. Guess that is it. Not a lot left to say actually. Besides time’s treasured. Do not f*cking waste it. Have time. I certain as hell did.” We’re unsure how we want issues would’ve ended with Frank, however we do know we will miss the Gallagher household; particularly all of the laughs and F-bombs they dropped at our screens Sunday nights.