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Shameless Fan Theories

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Showtime has given us eight action packed, wildly dramatic seasons of Shameless. Throughout these eight seasons, the Gallaghers have become America's most beloved anti-heroes. We've watched them struggle to find their way out of poverty and get sucked back in every single time. They've made us laugh, they've made us cry and they've certainly made our jaws drop – from Frank's seeming immortality to Debbie's transformation into a street savvy con artist – and we're dying to know what will happen next. While you wait, you can also check out other shows like Shameless.

Fans may speculate about Shameless, but the Gallaghers are wildcards at their very core. Not even the most thought-out theories about Shameless can predict the future of the show (admit it: the methamphetamine inheritance in Season 7's finale was truly insane). While none of us know exactly what will happen in Shameless, we do know that the Gallaghers will find trouble. Some fans have managed to fill in the dots and develop theories of their own - from Carl discovering he's not actually Frank's son to Fiona realizing her true sex addiction.

These 12 Shameless fan theories may be wild, but with the Gallagher family, is anything really a shock?

  • 1

    Frank Is Actually Really Smart Underneath His Addiction

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    Anyone who's watched Shameless knows that Frank is well spoken. He also miraculously pulls of the most insane, ridiculous schemes without getting in any trouble. These street smarts don't just come out of nowhere. As Reddit user s3hunnagbeTYBG points out, Frank is actually really smart. In fact, the show mentioned that he made it to his junior year in college. He even knows how to play piano and Lip calls him a "genius" during his college appeal.

    The fan theory states that Frank is just like Lip. He had a tough upbringing but was actually on a really good path. When he met Monica, he developed alcoholism and started abusing drugs. That's when he dropped out of college and became the Frank that we know.

    Does this hold up?
  • 2

    Fiona Has An Undiagnosed Sex Addiction

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    Fiona is the one Gallagher who's supposed to have it together, yet she consistently finds herself in trouble because of her relationships. This is because Fiona is addicted to sex. Her family is already prone to addiction because of Monica and Frank's alcoholism and substance abuse, and Fiona seemingly never turns down sex. Fiona even explores this topic with Robbie, who says she's just as prone to addiction as her father.

    At first it seems like she's addicted to sex, but she decides she's actually addicted to "self-destruction." Surely, though, most of her self-destruction is revolved around reckless decisions made while chasing men. For instance, that time her three-year-old brother almost overdosed on Cocaine was deeply wrapped up in her risqué relationship with Robbie.

    Does this hold up?
  • 3

    Debbie Isn't Frank's Biological Child

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    According to one Reddit fan theory, Debbie may not actually be Frank's child. Her father is Frank's brother, Clayton Gallagher. The evidence? Lip and Ian were the only Gallagher children who took a paternity test. Ian found out he was not Frank's biological child. Instead, he was a product of Monica's 1995 affair with Frank's brother, Clayton.

    Both Debbie and Ian bear a striking resemblance and are the only red-headed Gallaghers. The theory alleges that Monica never ended her affair and had Debbie years later.

    Does this hold up?
  • 4

    Svetlana Saved The Bar In Attempt To Save Her Relationship With Kev And V

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    Svetlana, Kev and V have been a throuple for a while, but Kev and V had their doubts. A fan theory from Reddit user RLennon72 points out that Svetlana saved the bar in order to sort of force the couple to stay with her. Basically, she did it out of a twisted form of love.

    Svetlana already does all the taxes for the bar. She watches Kev and V almost lose the Alibi and so she goes behind their back to save it. It seems like a dirty move to put the deed in her own name, but she never acts like it's solely her bar. She continues to act like it's a team effort. When V confronts her about getting the bar back, she says something like "and we'll be a throuple again," but V declines. It appears she was hoping that if she got the bar back, they'd all be together again.

    Does this hold up?