When Showtime’s tragicomic hit returns this fall, the Gallagher family has moved past the gut-punching loss of their matriarch, but one family member in particular changed by the experience.

Get ready to once again encounter something you’ve seen so, so often before: Frank Gallagher, renewed — and remorseful.

William H. Macy’s character has turned over enough new leaves to start a cabbage patch, and yet, given the death of his old flame Monica in the season 7 finale, there’s something particularly poignant about his post-epiphany efforts to make amends to Fiona (Emmy Rossum) and finally ask forgiveness from the rest of his family for his behavior over the last 30 years.

In teasers, Frank has swallowed his pride and humbled himself to the family that, one year prior, threw him into a lake and left him for chum.

“Frank is imploring his family to see him not as an a—hole who’s not worth it, but as what he is at this moment… which in this picture looks to be some sort of dead guy,” Macy jokes.

Who’s to say that this Frank Gallagher apology tour isn’t the one that’s going to change things up? Sure, viewers may know better about Frank’s habits (thanks to seven previous seasons of the character’s sparse ups and many, many, many, many downs) but Macy insists that you should still give him a chance.

“Don’t you go counting out Frank Gallagher,” says the actor. “At this [moment], Frank just got his second promotion at work, he bought a spiffy new suit with his new credit card, and he’s got a brand new car. All completely legal, and all sober as a nun.”

Say what?!?

Other spoilers that have not been confirmed, but are rumored sound like season 8 is maybe going to be the most Shameless yet.


Frank Gallagher is being reborn as a twentysomething. “Once he smokes through all of his meth, he realizes that Monica was the source of all of his problems and his bad parenting,” executive producer Nancy Pimental explains.

“He basically pushed the pause button on his life and who he was supposed to be when he met her,” so he decides to start over as a 21-year-old. Meanwhile, new landlord Fiona struggles with her tenants, but also makes a new friend in one of them (Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr).

Lip tries to stay sober while dealing with “a lot of hardship”; Ian mourns Monica’s death unlike the rest of his family; Debbie grows apart from increasingly needy Neil; and Carl enjoys “the money from selling his own meth and taking a cut of selling everybody else’s.”

Kevin and V do “get revenge” on Svetlana for stealing the Alibi bar.


Although Fiona is “pretty much not dating for the first half” of the season, eventually Richard Flood’s freelance war photographer presents “a relationship that might have some possibilities.”

What story line are you most excited about this season?