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Since the beginning of Shameless, Fiona (Emmy Rossum) has been the lynchpin of the Gallagher family. Even when she moved out and got her own place, she was still the person the Gallagher siblings depended on to get them out of their various scrapes and dangerous encounters. While that family bond proved to be stronger than steel at many points over the last nine seasons, Fiona finally realized that to really be happy she needed to set out on a life of her own — away from the South Side of Chicago. After pleading out to misdemeanor assault charges, she took the money returned to her from her busted real-estate development deal and set off for some place tropical to begin a new adventure on her own.
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Rossum announced her exit from the long-running Showtime series at the beginning of Season 9, allowing showrunner John Wells to pen an emotional final episode for her character. There wasn't a giant party or any theatrics as Fiona left the Gallagher house. In fact, she slipped out relatively unnoticed save for a surprise visit to Ian (Cameron Monaghan), who is still in prison and told her to leave; a touching moment with Lip (Jeremy Allen White); and a revealing farewell with her father, Frank (William H. Macy). Then she bought a plane ticket to an unknown destination. In the end, the Gallaghers accepted that Fiona had to go and that she had earned the right to see what else was out there for her. Now they must find a way to cope with the void left in their lives by her absence.
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