Ian made it all the way to the border with him before realizing that the fugitive life wasn’t something he wanted anymore — even if Mickey still is. So instead of running away into the sunset together, Ian and Mickey exchanged tearful, “I love you’s” in another gut wrenching Gallavich scene and parted ways once more.

Cameron Monaghan and Noel Fisher, Shameless

Is this really the end of Gallavich though? We’ve thought that before, but Noel Fisher says that as long as Mickey isn’t dead there’s always a chance for these two to find their way back to each other. Here’s what Noel Fisher said in a recent interview.

Well, that leads into the big question. Is this really the end for Mickey and Ian?

Fisher: Again, I really don’t know. It’s definitely not something that has to be a permanent end. He broke out of prison, so he can definitely find his way into [the country]. He can 007 his way into wherever he feels like. I don’t know what the future holds.

What was it like for you to film that final scene with Cameron? How does it compare to the prison goodbye in Season 6?

Fisher: One of the reasons I was really happy that this storyline came up is because it is a much more fleshed out goodbye. I think that it’s a lot deeper than the previous sort of goodbye that they had. It’s goodbye, at least for now, but the last scene is really wonderful in a number of ways. The Shameless writers always knock it out of the park with the writing on this show. This episode and that last scene especially are really beautifully done. It manages to encapsulate the pain of the separation as well as the profound and utter strength of love that these characters feel for one another. It shows very, very clearly that that’s where these actions are coming from for everyone involved, despite what is a definitely a sad and tragic element to it. I thought the last scene was beautiful and it was a fitting way to end the episode.

What is it about Mickey and Ian that makes them fit so well together?

Fisher: They are strong for each other in the areas that they might not be personally. Mickey is strong in ways that Ian has not been strong. Ian is strong in ways that Mickey isn’t often strong. Mickey is always someone who is utterly able to stand up for himself in certain ways and not be afraid of taking charge of his own life, even to a fault, even if it means doing very illegal things frequently. He has a groundedness and a strength in that. He’s also somebody that is utterly dedicated to the people he loves, unabashedly so. In my eyes, that is a better definition of family than even blood in many instances. Ian has been really strong in being comfortable, for instance, with his sexuality and who he is. That was something that Mickey definitely wasn’t. There’s a trading back and forth in that they’re the perfect caretakers for each other in a lot of different ways. They are nicely fitting puzzle pieces.