If the recent Instagram post on Brendan and Brandon’s page is to be believed we are, or at the very least, we will be saying goodbye to the twins who have played the youngest Gallagher for the past six seasons. Which means one of three possibilities:
1) We learn in the first episode back that the lab used in season one made a mistake and Liam’s biological father is really his old sponsor who showed up to reclaim his son.
2) The twins booked another job or their parents decided not to have them return for personal reasons necessitating a recast.
3) We will see a time jump and Liam was aged up making this one of the few times Hollywood is actively seeking an older actor.
Since we really don’t see the show without any of the Gallagher siblings let alone Liam the chances of it being the first option are pretty slim. Possible yes, just not very probable. Of course weirder things have happened and we will have no problem admitting we were wrong.
The second option is more likely but the tone expressed by the twin’s mother (who runs their account) was not one of someone who’s excited about a future acting gig. If anything it had a more wistful feel to it as though she was said to be saying goodbye to this part of their lives and the people they’ve come to care about.
This brings us to the third and most logical option, a time jump. But if there is a time jump it brings up a whole other set of questions like:
How far into the future will the time jump be?
Will any of the other Gallaghers be recast because we’re sorry but no way can Ethan pull off someone in his early twenties and neither can Emma Kenney to be quite honest.
Does a time jump signify that they’re preparing to say good bye?
Will a time jump have any affect on whether or not a certain fan favorite could reasonably return without too many hoops to jump through?
The one thing we do know is that recurring guest star Ruby Modine is back as Sierra. Seeing as it’s not uncommon for previous guest stars to return for a few episodes in the new season, this isn’t exactly a shocking development. No word on if she’s back on a more permanent basis or if she’s just wrapping up some loose ends. We guess only time will tell.