'Shameless' season 9 gives Ian Gallagher the most perfect goodbye fans could have imagined for him
There was some roughhousing with baby brothe, Carl, and a massive heart to heart with older brother, Lip. But the best part of all for Ian, was seeing the true love of his life.
Showtime's hit dramedy, 'Shameless' might be messed up in a lot of ways, but if there's one thing it knows how to do top-notch, it's the way it says goodbye to its most iconic characters. And no, we aren't talking about the strange disappearance of Svetlana, or Mandy, or even Karen for that matter. Ardent fans and followers of the show would know the goodbye in discussion here is that of Ian Gallaghers, as Cameron Monaghan had announced right ahead of the recently aired episode 6 about his departure from the show.
This came shortly after Emmy Rossum - the true blue Gallagher matriarch, Fiona - herself had announced her own exit post this ongoing ninth season, but we don't have to worry about that for the time being. As of now, let's just try to wrap our heads around the way 'Shameless' writers wrote Ian off, and if you're betting your money on some sweet, savory Gallavich reunion, you are absolutely right!
Episode 6, 'Face It, You're Gorgeous,' was a marvelous attempt at bringing out the gorgeous in a lot of things, but the best of them all was the closure the show offered everyone's favorite bipolar, messy, erratic redhead who just likes to have a brush against the law. There were a lot of speculations right from the start about how Ian would be getting written off, especially with the whole Gallavch - aka Ian Gallagher and Mickey Milkovich (Noel Fisher) - love story sort of just abandoned midway, and left hanging.
But the moment Ian announced that he was going to plead to insanity against the charges of him blowing up a van to save a gay kid from being sent off to conversion camp, there was some hint at the Gay Jesus heading for some prison time.
But worry not, all that anticipated prison time hardship was met with good hands, because after some wholesome family time - full with some roughhousing with his younger brother, Carl Gallagher (Ethan Cutkosky) and a massive heart-to-heart conversation with his older brother, Lip Gallagher (Jeremy Allen White) - Ian was seen landing straight in the presence of the love of his life. That's right - for those who haven't picked up on the hints yet, guess who Ian's new bunkmate in prison is? Mickey fricking Milovich. Now that's a turbulent love story coming to full circle, right?
As it turns out, Ian refusing to go ahead with Papa Milkovich's plans of running him off to Mexico wasn't the end of the Gallavich love story. As the story would have it, Mickey actually rolled on the cartel he was working with, in Mexico just to trade a bunk bed with the love of his life, so the two could finally be reunited in jail, and of course - could look out for each other too. Guess who was the one choosing the bottom bunk here? Not that hard to guess if you've followed the two tragic lovers close enough.
As subtle as this coming together might seem, the fact that both Mickey and Ian have been quite elaborate - or at least had evolved into quite the elaborate spewer of grand gestures for each other - doesn't get lost on viewers. But personally, there was a certain grandness to the subtlety of this reunion. The fact that Ian has finally found his person for all his emotional outbursts - both positive and negative - and doesn't have to worry about fitting in a world that only left him confused more, is the show's grand gesture in leaving Ian with the perfect goodbye gift ever.