Warning: The following contains spoilers from Sunday’s episode of Shameless
Shameless dropped another bombshell on viewers during Sunday night’s episode — but the latest baby twist didn’t belong to mother-to-be Debbie.
While getting drug tested for her new job promotion, Fiona learned that she’s pregnant.
“First of all, we wanted to show real life,” executive producer Nancy Pimental says of the storyline. “We just wanted to show the authenticity of a 24-year-old who has a lot of sex. She’s probably going to get pregnant if she’s not [using protection].”
Pimental acknowledges that there are obvious parallels between the two Gallagher sisters’ arcs, but the EP also wanted to “explore a completely different storyline from Debbie’s, where she is so positive this is what she wants to do, and Fiona is so positive that she doesn’t want the baby,” Pimental says.
After having raised her siblings, “there’s no hesitation” on Fiona’s part about not wanting to have a child, Pimental continues. “You never see that either. People usually grapple with their choices.” And if you’re still doubting Fiona’s stance, the EP confirms that by suggesting she and Debbie go to the clinic together, Fi “absolutely” means she wants to have an abortion.
So will she go through with the procedure? “You definitely find out a few episodes later,” Pimental hedges, adding that Fiona will “ultimately tell Sean” about the baby despite the fact that he recently relapsed and shot up drugs.
Meanwhile, Debs “digs her heels in the sand more” in regard to her own pregnancy, Pimental previews.
“Debbie is her own individual person, and it’s right for her,” she continues. “If anything, she’s almost more mature about it than Fiona, because Fiona is trying to put this blanket action over both of them, and Debbie’s attitude is, ‘We’re two different people. You go and do what you want, but I want to do what I want.'”
Shameless fans, did Fiona’s baby news surprise you?