'Shameless' Season 11 Episode 12 Finale: Is Frank really dead? Here are all the signs pointing toward his end

The finale episode of Season 11 will show if Frank has taken his last breath or not. Here are some of the signs which make us believe that he might be gone

                            'Shameless' Season 11 Episode 12 Finale: Is Frank really dead? Here are all the signs pointing toward his end
William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher in 'Shameless' (Showtime)

‘Shameless’ has undoubtedly been one of the biggest shows on television in recent times. From amazing storylines to engaging characters, the show has been treating the fans with some of the finest TV moments over the years. However, the show is now inching closer to its conclusion.

The South Side’s favorite clan is set to go out with a bang and it is going to be a wild last ride. But, it is yet to be seen if all the members of the Gallagher family will make it to the finish line or not. The ardent fans of the show are particularly worried about one character and it is none other than Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy).

The entire season 11 has not turned out to be like he would have wanted to. A lot of unfortunate events took place in his life which made us believe that he might be walking toward his end. However, it is his recent diagnosis that has scared the hell out of everyone.


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The diagnosis has made fans believe that Frank is indeed dead and might be absent from the show’s finale. Now, before taking a look at all the hints that make us believe that a funeral could feature in the finale episode, let us take a look at what happened in the previous episode that made people think this way.

William H. Macy in 'Shameless' (Showtime)


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The penultimate episode of Season 11 sees Frank losing control of his bodily functions. His body rejects his beloved alcohol and he soon starts to question his own identity. With his Dementia continuing to get worse, Frank collapses on the couch. At the end of the episode, it did appear as though Frank died.

It seemed like he had an overdose, and the episode ended with him lying on the couch lifeless. He also left a note behind for his family. The ending made everyone believe that Frank indeed has taken his last breath on the show. But the show’s finale might come with a shocking twist for the fans.

A scene from 'Shameless' (Showtime)

Will Frank make it out of Season 11 alive? Let’s look at the reasons that make us think that Frank has died.

The show’s finale episode is surely going to be an emotional ride for the fans as well as for the characters. Here are some of the reasons which might indicate that Frank has already has taken his last breath.

Frank’s Tattoo

The season’s Episode 10 saw Frank’s youngest son Liam (Christian Isaiah) spending some quality time with his father. Fans loved how Liam felt responsible for his father’s well-being. He’s also the only member of the family that seems to be able to truly get through to Frank.

Shameless (Showtime)


Meanwhile, Frank has come to terms with his predicament and gets himself a tattoo that says “Do not Resusciate”. The word “resuscitate” means “revive”. So, it certainly makes everyone believe that he knows his time is near.

Fiona to return for the finale?

As of late, we have not received any hints that Fiona (Emmy Rossum) will be returning for the finale. However, fans would surely want to see her once again before the show ends and Frank’s death could be an ideal reason for her to appear. The relationship between Frank and Fiona has not been ideal. Frank caused her plenty of grief throughout the show, which forced her to leave the family and travel to Chicago.

William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum (Showtime)

But we still believe that she might want to come and see Frank for one last time.

The Finale Title

If you have been watching the show since its inception, then you know that the title of Season 1’s finale and the title of the upcoming episode are similar. Titled ‘Father Frank, Full of Grace’, the episode enforces the full-circle idea. The title suggests that the episode might take a religious route to give Frank a befitting end.


Gallagher Family in 'Shameless' (Showtime)



Will Frank die? This is something we might get to know when the finale airs. Regardless of whatever happens during the finale, it will surely make fans emotional because it will truly be the end of an era.

'Shameless' returns to Showtime with Season 11 finale episode on April 11, at 9 pm ET. 

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