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So to be honest, no, you weren’t imagining things. Jeffrey Dean Morgan WAS on the season four finale of Shameless. But his character was replaced by Dermot Mulroney when season five kicked off. There are some theories that JDM wasn’t supposed to be anything but a placeholder until Mulroney came in but the word is that JDM was supposed to be seen in that capacity but had scheduling conflicts that arose with other shows and had to be replaced. So it was that he became a guest star and was gone by the next season. Any fan of JDM will tell you that he was probably already firmly embroiled in the act of becoming the notorious bad guy in The Walking Dead, Negan, but there’s still talk about this role as to whether JDM could ever guest star again since Mulroney’s character took over, they didn’t play the same person.
The manner in which JDM got the part is pretty standard it seems but the fact that he was replaced after one guest appearance isn’t too hard to figure out. He was the hardcase boss of a diner that primarily hired those who were directed to him through parole officers. In other words he managed former addicts and junkies that were trying stay straight, and was a recovering addict himself. His demeanor was perfect for the role he was put into, as he can play strung out and hardcore pretty easily. In fact it might have been preferable to see him reprise the role if not for the fact that he...
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