Eight years ago, we met Emmy Rossum’s Fiona Gallagher on Shameless. And she’s taken us on a wild rollercoaster ride throughout the years on the highly-acclaimed drama.
But the time has come for Fiona to move on from the South Side of Chicago. And, Sunday night was Emmy’s final episode on the show.
Ahead of the episode’s airing, Emmy took to Twitter to share a still from Sunday’s episode – Fiona all packed up and ready to go.
“Tonight, on my last evening as Fiona, I want to express my gratitude and love for the Shameless family and our faithful audience. It’s been an honor and privilege to be your Fiona. ❤️,” she wrote alongside the photo.
The 32-year-old actress also shared a throwback photo from the pilot episode on Instagram.
“Final episode tonight. Here is a picture taken eight years ago during our pilot. Today, 110 episodes later, I am filled with gratitude for my shameless family and for our faithful audience. I’ll be watching with love and can’t wait to see what comes next,” she wrote in the caption.
The show’s dedicated fanbase are having a lot of feelings about Emmy’s exit on the show. Here are what some of them have to say:
“Thank you @emmyrossum for making us laugh, cry, & smile during the many episodes of @SHO_Shameless Your portrayal of Fiona was so genuine and real. It was so entertaining to watch you week after week. I look forward to seeing what you do next! You will be missed! #Shameless 😢🤗,” one fan tweeted.
“Now that’s a Gallagher send off. Thank you @emmyrossum for bringing Fiona to life. #Shameless @SHO_Shameless #GoodbyeFiona,” another fan shared.
One fan was definitely caught up in the episode’s emotions. “Tonight’s episode of @SHO_Shameless was a punch to the gut and sigh of relief all in one. The transformation in the household and the closing scene … crying my eyes out 😩 Emmy you gave Fiona an unforgettable life! #Shameless.”
While some wanted even more big moments. “Nope. Not a fan of how they did Fiona’s exit at all. I wanted more. I wanted the emotional goodbyes. The focus on the relationships & family. The MOMENTS. Aside from one scene, it all felt like an afterthought. #Shameless.”
One fan pointed out: “Fiona wore the same shirt in the season one pilot that she wore for her final episode today 😭 you will be missed @emmyrossum #Shameless”
And others shared how much the actress and her character has made an impact in their lives.
“This scene where Fiona confronts Monica about raising the kids in season 1 of @SHO_Shameless is the reason I decided to pursue a career in writing television. I wanted to write a scene for an actor to kill just like this. Emmy Rossum is a force,” a fan shared.
“Tonight marks the departure of @emmyrossum’s beautifully strong Fiona Gallagher on @SHO_Shameless. Not only one of the best female portrayals in TV history, but simply one of the best characters on any show ever,” another fan wrote. “Salute. We’ll miss you. The Queen of Chaos. #Shameless.”
Emmy announced her departure from the show in September. “I know you will continue on without me, for now. There is much more Gallagher story to be told,” she wrote at the time. “I will always be rooting for my family. Try not to think of me as gone, just think of me as moving down the block.”
Shameless will be back for season 10 later this year – and Cameron Monaghan will be back to reprise his role as Ian Gallagher.