The Showtime series’ showrunner, John Wells, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about what they had planned and how the pandemic ruined it all.
“We were trying to get Emmy — and Emmy wanted to come back… We wanted her to return and had some storylines about her coming back and she wanted to do it,” he shared, however, “based on what was going on with the pandemic, when we were planning it… the quarantines went back into effect between New York [where Rossum resides] and Los Angeles [where Shameless films] and it was impossible to figure out how to get her back.”
John said that not having her back was a big disappointment, calling it “a very minor but sad result of everything that’s happened in the pandemic.”
Click inside to see what John Wells revealed about Emmy’s character and where she likely is now…
He also spoke about what the series finale with Emmy would have looked like – her coming home.
If you haven’t seen, the series finale saw Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) being diagnosed with alcoholic dementia and ultimately, he died from a combination of his diagnosis and COVID-19.
“The idea was with Frank’s dementia being discovered, there’s a call and she comes back to help everyone figure it out and that she would come back and be involved at the end with what to do with the house and all that,” John shared. “The travel was such a mess that we never got to the point of my actual writing it. We put it up on the writers’ room board and then took it down a few times.”
So, where is Emmy‘s Fiona now?
“I think she’s down in Florida. We joked in the room that she ended up getting a job at Disney World, probably in Epcot Center because she would never get a job on the better side,” he mused.
John added, “We had a lot of jokes for her but we never actually nailed it down. But she would have a life and be pursuing her own things. That’s how people move on with their lives.”
Emmy left Shameless in 2018, at the end of the ninth season.