Sorry, “Shameless” fans, but it is starting to look more and more like Jimmy didn’t make it past the end of the season. Season 3 ended with an array of shockers, but one of the major ones was seeing Justin Chatwin’s life completely hang in the balance. We were hoping to see him back with some sort of revival storyline, but it looks like that will not be happening entirely.
Speaking at a TV Academy panel last night, show creator Josh Wells first broke the news that Chatwin is not going to be a series regular on the show moving forward. However, it is important to make a key distinction here that this news does not necessarily mean that the character is dead. Showtime claims that it is possible that the actor could appear for one or two episodes in the upcoming fourth season. As for whether or not it would be as a hallucination or a character leaving via some means other than death, that remains to be seen.
Regardless of how he goes out, Chatwin will be missed. The success of “Shameless” over the past few years has been through primarily chemistry within the cast above all else, and without one of the key players in that, the cast as a whole could end up suffering. We will just have to see what sort of plans are put into place as the show continues to dive deeper into production.
What do you think about this news, and do you imagine that anyone would be able to effectively fill the actor’s shoes? We want to hear from you below! If you want to see the new teaser for “Shameless” season 4 (which admittedly contains no new footage), all you have to do is click here.