Brace yourselves, “Shameless” fans — it’s just about time to return to Chicago to catch up with everyone’s favorite fictional dysfunctional family, the Gallaghers. Before you jump into Season 7, take a trip down memory lane by rewatching old seasons of the show on Netflix.
The streaming service has announced plans to add Seasons 5 and 6 of the Showtime original series to its lineup this fall. Both seasons will be available for viewing starting Sept. 1, 2016. This will give fans a little over a month to catch up with Fiona (Emmy Rossum), Lip (Jeremy Allen White), Debbie (Emma Kenney), Frank (William H. Macy) and the rest of the gang before the Oct. 2, 2016 premiere.
[WARNING: ‘Shameless’ Season 6 Spoilers Ahead]
The Season 6 finale left a lot of questions unanswered and thus open to interpretation. Deadline reports that Frank Gallagher, who you will recall took an involuntary dive into the icy cold waters of a Chicago river, will live to see another season. The publication notes that he did not come out of the subzero waters unscathed, noting that he will be shown in a coma for an unknown length of time. Season 7 will reportedly kick off one month after the events that unfolded in Season 6. While Frank grapples with his health once more, Fiona is trying to adjust to being a single lady again. After leaving her heroin-addicted fiancé hanging following their melee of a wedding, the Gallagher matriarch will shift her focus inward, making attempts to “improve her own life.” She will reportedly spend the season — at least some of it — focusing on her job at Patsy’s.
Fiona isn’t the only Gallagher kid with a renewed sense of responsibility. After witnessing a brutal crime in Season 6, Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) will focus on becoming a man while sister Debbie adjusts to life as a single mother. Ian (Cameron Monaghan) will still be working as an EMT in Season 7, though no details have been released about his relationship. Lip, who ran into some trouble with drinking and maintaining a school-life balance during Season 6 will take steps to better himself, according to Deadline. In fact, he may even seek professional help.
In addition to diving back into playing Fiona, Rossum is trying a new role on for size during Season 7. The actress revealed on July 23 that she was directing an episode of “Shameless” in Season 7. The 29-year-old shared a photo on Instagram from her first day in the director’s chair, thanking the show’s “great crew” for making things flow smoothly. She also revealed to fans just how long it had taken, on that day, to wrap the shoot.
She also shared another photo of herself and Showtime president David Nevins sitting together during what appears to be a table read. She thanked him and John Wells for being supportive of her at all times, adding that she was excited for what was to come. Rossum has not shared any details about the episode she directed at this time.
“Shameless” Season 7 premieres Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, at 9 p.m. EDT on Showtime.