Shameless is set to come back for the eighth season, and the show just dropped a trailer with the first look at Gossip Girl alum Jessica Szohr in the recurring role of Nessa.

Szohr’s character has been reported as a tough and smart lesbian who will build a strong friendship with Fiona, (Emmy Rossum) over the course of her season-long arc. Nessa is one of her tenants.  Fiona has relied on the friendship she has with her neighbor Veronica (Shanola Hampton) for advice concerning relationships, her siblings, and herself, however, Veronica has been preoccupied.

Season 7 of the popular series ended with Emmy Rossum’s character purchasing an apartment building from Ryan (Barry Sloane), whom she met at a south side Young Professionals networking event.

The trailer for the upcoming season was released yesterday, and there’s quite a bit to go over. We are reminded of Frank’s (William H. Macy) conversion to Buddhism following their death of his ex-wife, Monica (Chloe Webb). As far as Fiona’s newly purchased apartment building, it seems like she has her work cut out for her. In Szohr’s brief appearance, she describes her fellow tenants as a “merry band of deadbeats.” All this along with a poorly thought out plan to move meth and it looks like season 8 is set to be a busy one

It has also been said that Richard Flood will play a love interest as well.

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