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Shameless: Breaking Down Frank Gallagher’s Fate During the Series Finale

William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher in SHAMELESS,

It’s hard to believe that the Gallagher family has been a part of our lives for the past 10 years — we’ve literally watched the actors and their respective characters grow up right before our eyes every Sunday night. Now, as the group packs up their bags, their hula lamps, and moves on from the South Side of Chicago, Shameless fans prepare to say goodbye ahead of the series finale on April 11. The penultimate episode gave us some pretty strong clues as to how the Showtime series would wrap up, but one major cliffhanger had us wondering: does Frank die?

It’s a question we’ve asked about William H. Macy’s character more times than we’d like to admit, as his rambunctious behavior has left him with plenty of hospital stays and even at the bottom of a lake. But as he comes to terms with his alcoholic dementia diagnosis, the second to last episode shows Frank with drugs and what appears to be a note to his family. Frank is far from the supportive, nurturing parent his children hoped he would be; Frank is Frank. However, there’s no denying that his relationships with his children have grown over the last season, which is why this scene is decidedly painful.

At the beginning of series finale of Shameless, we see the kids sharing the news that “Frank OD’d again” as he’s passed out on the couch. None seem particularly concerned as they head off about their respective days. Eventually, Frank gets up from the couch and stumbles out the door in a daze. Liam tells Lip that he’s “sort of gone,” with Lip believing that Frank has died. Frank continues wandering around the city in a daze, revisiting old haunts like Patsy’s Pies and a church where he believes he’s an altar boy. The priest calls an ambulance for F

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