This is Emmy Rossum‘s final season on Showtime’s Shameless as Fiona Gallagher. Shameless will continue, but Fiona Gallagher will be gone forever. The big question is how will Emmy Rossum’s character be written out of Shameless? Are the going to kill off Fiona Gallagher? We don’t think that will happen. After all, Emmy Rossum is leaving on good terms. She simply felt that she had taken the character of Fiona Gallagher as far as she could. Fiona Gallagher has come full circle.
At her low point Fiona Gallagher was an irresponsible sex-maniac sent to jail on a felony conviction of allowing a child to get into her stash of cocaine. In her final season, Fiona Gallagher is a successful real estate developer taken seriously by members of the business community. If the character of Fiona were to continue, the only path would be for her to start spiraling down again, which would be a real backward step. Emma Rossum has made the correct decision that Fiona Gallagher should leave the series when she is on top. Like Jerry Seinfield, Emma Rossum wants fans to remember the character at its best.
We think the most probable way to write Fiona Gallagher out of Shameless, it to have her move to Ireland with her boyfriend Ford (Richard Flood.) There is no way that Fiona Gallagher could remain in Chicago without fans expecting her to periodically do guest appearances on Shameless. We hope this does not happen. It is always terrible in a series to have old characters suddenly show up for no reason. We don’t think the writers of Shameless will allow that. The scripts are of too high a quality for such cheap tricks.
Although best known for playing an Irish-American Chicago South Sider, Emmy Rossum is, in fact from New York City and Jewish. Born Emmanuelle Grey Rossum on September 12, 1986, she has already had and amazingly diverse career as an actor, director, singer and songwriter. In fact, Emmy was singing with the New York Metropolitan Opera’s Children’s Chorus when she was only 7 years old. In 2000, Emmy Rossum played a young Audrey Hepburn in The Audrey Hepburn Story.
Emmy Rossum has made the right decision to leave Shameless. The show will continue to be great without her due to the diverse plot lines of all the other Gallaghers. William H. Macy is always terrific, and in the recent episodes it looks like Frank Gallagher may finally have found his true career calling as a politician. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) is a complex recovering alcoholic. Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) may actually wind up in West Point. Ian (Cameron Monaghan) has to take a new path now that he has realized that he is not really “Gay Jesus”. Debbie (Emma Kenny) has gone from being a mixed-up teen to a strong self sufficient young woman. In fact, it is hard to believe that one show can pack in so many separate story-lines and still be so good.
Emma Rossum has been rather secretive about what she will be doing next. Perhaps it will be a movie, or maybe she will return to New York for some stage work. Whatever she tries next, we are sure it will be a success.
SPOILER ALERT! –We saw Fiona Gallagher’s final episode and it was very disappointing. She loses all her money, does not leave Chicago, and is an emotional wreck. Viewers were left feeling betrayed that this strong woman suddenly let her whole world fall apart just because of some cheating man. Ford (Richard Flood) turns out to be married and Fiona totally goes nuts because of this. The Gallagher family takes revenge on Ford, but this still does not seem like a good final episode for Emma Rossum. With Fiona still in Chicago viewers will wonder why Fiona just never seems to be in the plots anymore. We feel that if a character leaves a series, then the writers should make the effort to actually write that character out. Despite this disappointing final episode, we still think Emma Rossum is a major star who we will see in many different venues in the future.