This article contains spoilers about the season nine finale of “Shameless.”

Emmy Rossum is departing “Shameless”, and it is hard to imagine the show without her.

As season nine comes to a close, so does the part of Fiona Gallagher.

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“I was 23 when the show started, and it’s been pretty remarkable the confidence that it’s given me,” Rossum told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s been a long, wonderful journey and I’m so close to my Gallagher family that to walk away is quite bittersweet, but it did feel like it was time for the character to spread her wings and that there was less need for her. I never want something to just feel like a job, and so I’m leaving while I still love it.”

Rossum says the way her character says goodbye “is quite moving.”

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As for a possible return, she says she ” would never close my door on the family.” But adds that “quite honestly, I’m not sure what more story can be told for her. I really liked the way we ended it. But never say never.”

Co-star Emma Kenney also posted a tribute to Rossum.

 

Fans were preparing themselves for an emotional finale.

As the episode went on the reality started to sink in that this really was the end.

Then as the episode ended, fans on Twitter lost it.

Rossum also turned to Twitter to offer her interpretation of the final scene between Fiona and Frank.

Earlier in the night, Rossum tweeted her good-bye, calling the part an “honour and privilege.”

As everyone was left wondering where Fiona will end up after she slipped out before going away party, showrunner John Wells told Deadline that fans will have to wait until early season 10 to find out promising “she’s not going to disappear from the face of the Earth.”

The rest of The Gallaghers will return for season 10.