Shameless ‘Requiem for a Slut’ Should Have Been the Series Finale

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It is often said that every person has a different way of dealing with the loss of a loved one. This saying applies in ‘Requiem for a slut’, except for the fact that Monica wasn’t really a “loved” one. And while the death of a mother is still bound to affect anyone, the Gallaghers struggle to find the proper way to react to the news.

Lip admits that he felt the urge to drink after finding out about Monica’s death. The fact that he didn’t is not so much to imply that he didn’t care about her, but that he’s finally seriously about quitting alcohol. As a result, he also makes up with Sierra and decides to keep fighting for his professional future. Ian is perhaps not as shocked as he should have been given the fact that he’s the one who always felt closer to Monica. At least he’s honest with Trevor about his little adventure with Mickey, and the door remains open for these two. Sadly, Trevor suffers from the same problem as Sierra: they both have bland and uninteresting personalities. It’s not news that the majority of the fandom prefers both Lip and Ian to be with the Milkoviches (that is, Mickey and Mandy), but that seems highly unlikely after everything that has happened. Furthermore, the writers are determined to make it a point that, sometimes, true, yet chaotic love doesn’t have the best results. The best proof of that being Frank and Monica. Finally, Carl comes back from military school and everyone is proud of him, Debbie has finally settled down, and even Liam has had a bigger role this season.

Frank and Fiona have always been the cornerstones of the family, and of the series as a whole (which is why Emmy Rossum was demanding equal pay). Frank is the father, but he’s never acted as a parent, while Fiona is the daughter, and has had to have the role of a parent. No matter how much the kids hate Frank, at least he was there, and it’s easy to tell they tolerate him more than they ever did Monica. Any scene with Frank and Fiona arguing about the family is guaranteed to be a highlight, so the (supposedly at the time) series finale could not lack one of those. In fact, many scenes in ‘Requiem for a slut’ are callbacks to previous seasons, from Fiona giving one of her usual “I did everything” speeches, to seeing her crying while tending to Frank’s drunken body on the kitchen floor.

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Frank is the most broken he’s ever been. He’s not only devastated for Monica’s death, but also bitter at how little his kids seem to care about it. His grief causes him to actually harm Debby and Fiona (although this is not the first time he raises a hand against his children). His words at the ceremony are heartbreaking, even more so when we learn that Monica was the one who taught him “how to live” when he was in college (!). It certainly puts things into perspective, and gives an explanation as to why he’s so different from his brothers. Monica is the reason Frank is the way he is, and the reason why the kids had such a bad childhood. Despite never being there, the final “Monica” graffiti Carl and Frank draw with shows just how crucial her character was both for the Gallaghers and for Shameless.

By all means, both Monica and ‘Requiem for a slut’ encapsulate what makes Shameless what it is. Granted, not everything was fully resolved (mainly, Svetlana and th Alibi), but it does seem like the writers tried to wrap up as many things as possible in case the show didn’t get renewed. And while every Gallagher having to decide what they do with the meth is a fitting open ending, it’s a storyline that is bound to cause trouble for them in the next season.

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