"We've allowed her to fly a little bit too close to the sun": 'Shameless' producer John Wells talks about Fiona Gallagher's fate
Ahead of Emmy Rossum's official exit from the show, which is after this season's finale, speculations and fan theories have flown in regarding what the end will hold for her role.
With the mid-season finale of 'Shameless' season 9 still fresh in our minds, and as the wait for the second half of the season begins, fans and followers are stringing on to the last bit of hope that maybe not all is lost for Fiona Gallagher yet. Ahead of Emmy Rossum's official exit from the show, which is after this season's finale, speculations and fan theories have flown in regarding what the end will hold for such a pivotal character - the linchpin of sorts, the matriarch that has borne the Gallagher story for nine successful years. And trying to answer every question from fans, about whether Fiona will receive her final 'happy ending' or not, is executive producer Josh Wells.
TV Line recently asked Wells whether there's a fairytale happy ending in store for the character, to which he replied: "Yes, although there are a lot of fairy tales about what a - excuse the pun - happy ending is for most people. What is that we need to be happy? What is it that we want? A lot of these ideas about what it's supposed to be like are not what really makes us happy, and that's what she's starting to figure out. I hope that at the end of the next seven episodes that you'll feel pleased about where she ends up. But I don't want to suggest that suddenly everything is rosy for Fiona."
While the prospect of a happily ever after of sorts doesn't seem absolutely negated, it's for sure that when it comes to the Gallaghers, nothing works the conventional way. Which also leaves scope for further anticipation and speculation, on what Fiona will encounter on her journey towards this coveted happy ending that fans want so desperately for her. As is clear, she has spiraled into a sinkhole beyond the regular levels of rock bottom. She's broke, she's heartbroken, and she has moved back home. But for Wells, that's still not enough.
"Yeah, she's got some further to fall," Wells shared with the outlet, adding, "and we've got to see how does that work with her family, and who will step up with her, and how is she going to accept who she's going to be as just an individual. Because up to this point, her life has been defined by raising her siblings -- not that she had a choice. Who's she going to be now when they're basically all growing up or grown up?"
But on this journey towards self-discovery, was it really necessary to put her through all that she has been through in the last two episodes leading up to the mid-season finale? Hasn't she already been through way too much to endure this on her last season on the show? Not apparently, as Wells would like to justify.
"It was more about Fiona’s character," He explained. "We’re trying to find a world in which we represent how difficult it is for people to break out of these kind of economic straits. She had some hubris, she’s made some investments that she shouldn’t make. She’s trusting someone that she probably should have known more about. That’s kind of what happens and how difficult life can become. It was really more about our feeling like we’ve allowed her to fly a little bit too close to the sun, and that it was time to show her that people from her background have a lot of problems actually escaping the world that they’re in."
But why another failed romance? Both the heavens and viewers know she has had her crappy share of the same, so when her Irish hunk arrived and swept her off her feet, fans allowed themselves to hope for a happily ever after too. But Wells brought it all tumbling down on her, and in his own words, he believes: "On the relationship front, it’s difficult to escape what you know. She hasn’t had much good parenting. She certainly didn’t have an example of a good relationship to grow up with. She’s got to figure out what she needs before she can really figure out who’s someone safe for her to be with."
As of now, building Fiona's life up from the crumbled mess she has landed herself in might seem a little too far fetched, but her resilience throughout the series offers a reassurance that it's never too late for her. So when the latter half of season 9 finally returns in January 2019, maybe seven episodes won't be all that less for her to build her life up and soar again towards the happily ever after she has always deserved.