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The Question That Shameless Fans Had About The Revamped Opening

A discussion thread broke out on Reddit after u/ImportanceNo8342 wrote, “Does anyone else find it weird that they’ve edited the opening sequence but did a half ass job of it? I mean, they took out Fiona and added Tami and Franny and aged up Liam and Debbie. They also add Ian and Mickey. Why the hell is Carl still 7? V still looks the same but Kev hasn’t had that hair in years. I mostly find it weird that they’ve changed the sequence but Carl is still a kid lol.” Plenty of others are in agreement that it’s a bit strange, especially when it comes to Carl (Ethan Cutkosky). It would seem to add up that if they were going to change the sequence, they’d go all the way with it. 

Of course, there were those who understood why some things were left as is. Redditor u/makermom304 linked to the previously mentioned YouTube video of the making behind the new sequence, stating, “According to production, they wanted to keep it as close to the original as possible so it would take the viewer awhile to realize it was different, replacing only who needed replacing.” One user, u/swagmaster2323, even though thematic resonance with only certain changes being made: “To me it’s a reminder of how the show and the family has evolved in the house. They’ve grown and changed as individuals there and added to their family.”

Whatever the actual reasoning behind keeping Carl a kid (maybe he wasn’t available to film the day they shot the scene), the revamped “Shameless” opener is a testament to the longevity of the series and how fans stuck with it for so long.

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