Dirty and disheveled, Frank Gallagher wakes up in the middle of an alley as a dog licks his face. He’s hungover and exhausted, but he’s been here before plenty of times and knows how to handle himself accordingly. Except this particular case isn’t a typical drunken escapade – the next season of Shameless begins with the begrudged patriarch of the Gallagher clan finding himself in a place he’s never been before with no memory of how he got there, months having passed since he has been conscious.
It’s been 137 days since Frank was in Chicago, having passed out in the streets of crime capital Juarez, Mexico sometime in December. It’s now April and he has to find a way to make it home, but it won’t be that easy to cross the border and head back to the Windy City. What will Frank have to do to be able to see his family again?
Meanwhile, Fiona is having to adjust to have another adult in the house now that Jimmy is around for good. For years, she’s been their sole guardian and lived by a certain routine; without Frank, she’s had to run a pretty tight ship to keep everyone in school and behaving, but now, she doesn’t have to do that. Not with Jimmy to help her make lunches and get the kids ready in the morning – Fiona’s been a mother figure with a packed schedule for so long that the prospect of having free time and sleeping in scares her. Will she let herself accept help for arguably the first time and not feel the need to make the lives of the kids her life?
The third season of Shameless premieres Sunday, January 13th at 9:00 on Showtime. You can check out teasers for the season here and here, as well as a behind the scenes featurette here and the third season trailer here.
What do you expect from the third season of Shameless? Will Fiona be able to adjust to have Jimmy in the house and assuming a more domestic role? How long will it take Frank to escape Mexico and make it back to Chicago?