So many characters who may move on.. or who already moved on. Real change for the cast next year, no matter which way they go, and I liked the fact that the characters have all grown.
Yes, I'm wondering if they'll branch out more. I'm afraid that Ian's stunt with Lip's identity will end up screwing both of them, leading to Ian getting chucked out of the Army and MIT rescinding Lip's scholarship. On the other hand, I think it'd be interesting to follow them, one through basic training, the other through life in Boston.
Carl shearing Frank's head in the hospital to let in the sun rays. Wow, a great touching moment.
Absolutely. It was a beat that revealed so much about both of them, probably the two least likable characters on the show (now that Karen's the way she is), and it was just this moment of grace where they were nothing more than father and son. One thing this show has always done well is showcase the Frank that could have been during Frank's intermittent bouts of sobriety.
Will this definitely be back for another season? Seems like it could have served as a series finale, if need be.
It's definitely back next year, but I felt the same way. If there wasn't another episode, you could absolutely see where everyone was headed.
I was sort of expecting a reveal on Steve/Jimmy at the very end (like maybe a quick pan to a body at the bottom of the ocean, or a live Jimmy with his wife somewhere), but I can understand why they would want to leave it open. I have to wonder if the writers even know whether Jimmy is alive or dead at this point.
I was wondering the same thing. At this point, we pretty much have to assume he's dead, but they've definitely left open the possibility that he's still alive.
Seems nothing will come of Mandy running Karen over with a car and turning her into a vegetable...
It's "Shameless" rules. The laws of actions and consequences don't apply in the same they do in the real world. Mandy's consequence was losing Lip. I doubt they'll be any proper legal consequence.
Speaking of Mandy, I loved that scene on the Milkovich front stoop. Lip and Mandy are done, whatever they had is over, but he got into MIT because of her, and whatever else has happened, she deserved to know. And Mandy, for her part, is just so happy that Lip was going to escape. Not for herself, not out of any possessive sense. Just as someone, like the guidance counselor, who saw his potential like a flower blooming through a crack in the asphalt, and wanted to see that potential realized.
If William H. Macy doesn't get an Emmy nomination for tonight's episode, they might as well stop handing them out. He captured Frank in all of his complexity, all of the good things and most of the bad things. I wish we'd gotten a scene between Frank and Debbie, because the scenes with Lip, Fiona and Carl were all great. It was a study in the different ways children relate to their fathers, especially disappointing fathers. You could see their love for him, and just as importantly you could see his love for them. I understand why the show doesn't go to that well more often, why it can't under normal circumstances, but man did it work here.
And Frank wandering through the city in his hospital gown has to be among the more haunting things I've seen in a while. The final montage approached poetry.