Tonight, season 8 of Shameless will premiere on Showtime at 9pm ET/PT.
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In a recent interview about season 8, showrunner John Wells said, “We’re not trying to do it with exactly a theme, but it’s true: As you grow older and you move from childhood into adulthood, you realize that you have responsibilities to more than yourself if you’re going to be successful… In the past, the family has held themselves together and found ways to keep eating by depending upon each other, but your world expands as you grow up and away and out from your family. Not that your family becomes less important, but the definition of what is your family becomes larger.”
Everyone is growing up this season– Fiona’s selflessness seems to have rubbed off on her brothers and sisters. Lip is sober, and lending a hand to his former AA sponsor and old college professor. Carl is running a program for local drug addicts, while Ian is doing what he can to stop a gay conversation program in his town.
When it comes to the question of when the show will end, things are still up in the air. Although Wells admits that possibilities for how to end the series have crept into his mind, he also says part of him wants to leave on a random note so that audiences can feel like the Gallaghers are still out there being, well, the Gallaghers. “More than likely,” Wells tells EW, “We’ll probably just drop out of it at some point, likely when some of the cast members decide they don’t want to continue anymore. That’ll probably be the end of the show more than anything else.”
Macy admits that he’s not sure when the show will end– he says he thinks he has another season or two in him. “When we finished season 7, that was supposed to be the end of it, and I started to entertain the notion of life after Shameless for me… I gave some thought to it — a little bit — about how we would end. But I think that’s not upon us. Not yet.”
Shameless is a remake of the British series of the same name, and follows the dysfunctional Gallagher family as they navigate the twists and turns of life. The first season aired in 2011– HBO first began developing the show before it went to Showtime.
Be sure to check out the season 8 premiere of Shameless tonight on Showtime at 9m ET/PT.