Showtime’s Shameless has come to an end after 11 seasons but the ending of the final episode has left fans with questions and needs to be explained.

Shameless has been a welcome presence on our screens since it first arrived in January 2011.

After 11 seasons, however, the much-loved Showtime series has now come to an end with the finale episode giving Frank Gallagher one last hurrah.

Shameless season 11 on Showtime

Season 11 of Shameless was announced in Janaury 2020 and began airing on Showtime on December 6th later that year.

When season 11 was announced, it was confirmed that it would be Shameless’s final season and that it would conclude the adventures of Frank Gallagher and his misfit family.

After 12 episodes, Shameless season 11 came to an emotional end with the episode Father Frank, Full of Grace.


Recap: Shameless season 11, episode 12

Episode 12 of Shameless season 11, titled Father Frank, Full of Grace, continues on from Frank’s overdose in the previous instalment.

Due to this being a regular occurrence, the rest of the Gallagher family decide to leave him unconscious on the couch and go about their business.

There is growing concern about the Alibi as Kev and V look to sell the much-loved bar but none of the offers they have received so far meets their expectations while there are tensions between Ian and Mickey who are getting furniture for their new apartment and celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary.

While all of this taking place, Frank reawakens following his overdose and leaves the house without the knowledge of his family.

After stopping by a boarded-up Patsy’s Pies, Frank ends up at a church and once inside he dons a priest’s attire but is found by the priest who calls an ambulance for him.


Shameless ending explained

Frank ends up at the hospital after the priest’s intervention where it’s revealed he has contracted Covid-19 and is suffering badly with a fever.

Frank begins to hallucinate and believes his nurse is called Fiona, the same name as his eldest daughter who left Shameless at the end of season 9 which sparks a series of flashbacks.

As the rest of the Gallagher family join together at the Alibi for one final party, Frank sees himself at the bar and begins to levitate as he passes away at the hospital.

The series ends with a letter from Frank to his family offering some final emotional words of wisdom before his funeral takes place and the alcohol in his body causes an explosion during his cremation.


Shameless came to an end on Showtime after 11 seasons on April 11th, 2021.

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