Shameless season 9: Show exec on preparing for Emmy Rossum’s exit

Shameless season 9We know that Emmy Rossum is leaving Shameless at the end of season 9, and what we’ve also learned now is that this was not always going to be the case.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer John Wells confirms that there are a mixture of emotions going into the end of the season, and that the last episodes are being rewritten in order to better ensure that this is the right ending for the Fiona Gallagher character at this particular point in time:

It’s painful, wonderful, exciting and a little frightening. We’re rewriting the end of this season. I’m rethinking episodes 13 and 14, so we can deal with Fiona leaving in a way that feels true to the show and also sets us up for more storytelling in the future. Everything that we’ll do with Fiona leaving and then hopefully returning at some point in the future — should Emmy choose to — will be based on that basic premise that these are damaged people who still really love each other and pull together to get through things.

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One of the things that has become clear throughout the news cycle of Rossum leaving is that there is very much an open-door policy with her, and that everyone wants to see her back at some point in the future. While we’re not altogether sure that we foresee a world in which she comes back as a series regular, it does feel like there’s a good chance she could stop in for an episode or two down the line — especially if the series comes to a close. All signs point to there being a season 10 (there is no official renewal yet), but after that, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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