Shameless just aired its season nine finale, so what’s next? Recently, showrunner John Wells spoke with Deadline about the future of the Showtime TV show.
The dramed series centers on a working class family living on the South Side of Chicago. The cast also includes Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hamptom, Jeremy Allen White, Cameron Monaghan, Steve Howey, and Emma Kenney.
WARNING: SHAMELESS SPOILERS BELOW!
In the interview, Wells discussed the departure of long-time lead Emmy Rossum, who will not be returning for season 10 of Shameless. When asked what happens to Fiona after the season nine finale, Wells said all will be revealed soon:
The episode was about eight minutes too long when I finished it—my fault, I wrote too much and then had way too much fun directing it—and so we cut things, and there was a conversation at the end between the little girl who is in the seat beside Fiona, in which we learn where Fiona was going, and for time we cut it, and now it’s turned into kind of a mystery. So, we’ll be revealing it very quickly at the beginning of the next season.”
And is Fiona gone forever? Wells says he hopes Rossum will return to the Showtime series:
I think she will, but you know, I don’t know. We’ll have to see what she wants to do. She has been nothing but a pleasure to work with, and she’s obviously a very talented actress, but she’s also a very talented writer and director, and she’s interested in exploring some other things creatively for herself. I’m hoping when I call her that she’ll say, “Sure, I’ll do it,” here and there, and if not, I’ll completely understand and still love her.”
And what can fans expect from season 10? Wells says:
I think the tone will be pretty similar. We like what we do and enjoy it, and as I say, there’s always something else in the American political system and class system to satirize, so we start by just all getting together and screaming at each other about everything we hate about what’s happened since the last time we saw each other and then see if any of that can be turned into story.”
What do you think? Do you watch Shameless? Will you watch without Emmy Rossum?