“Shameless” said goodbye to Fiona (Emmy Rossum) at the end of season nine but will be seeing a full-time return of Ian (Cameron Monaghan) and Mickey (Noel Fisher).
The two were originally ending their time on the show in the middle of season nine, but after a “decent amount of convincing” from showrunner John Wells, Monaghan decided to return to explore the “almost Shakespearean” relationship with Mickey, he told Entertainment Weekly.
“That was something that felt worth going back to,” Monaghan said. “There’s still a lot of story to tell. We’ve never really had these characters just together in a somewhat stable environment for very long, so that’s been fun to explore.”
The two are not only in a relationship, but are also cellmates.
“It turns out that living in cramped quarters without much break from one another is not necessarily all that conducive to a healthy relationship,” Fisher added, who will be a series regular for the first time since season five. “It’s basically living together in the worst studio apartment you can possibly imagine.”
“Like any romantic relationship, you need a healthy level of distance and separation, and that’s something not afforded to them,” Monaghan chimed in. “They’re in a challenging place and trying to work through their issues. Now, the way that people work through their issues on ‘Shameless’ tends to be pretty volatile. I won’t exactly say how they work on solving them, but I will say it involves shivs and stabbings.”
“Shameless” returns on Nov. 3.