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Warning: This article contains spoilers from the Season 7 premiere of Shameless.

The Season 7 premiere of Shameless may have been made available online last week, but the Gallaghers officially returned to TV this past Sunday and I think I speak for everyone when I say it's great to have them back in our lives. Unlike previous years, we don't have to wait until January to find out what everybody's favorite dysfunctional family are up to, Season 7 of the hit Showtime series will be airing every Sunday from October 2nd onwards.

The official poster for Season 7 of "Shameless" (via Showtime).
The official poster for Season 7 of "Shameless" (via Showtime).

Full of humor and heart, the season premiere went back to basics and reminded fans of why they fell in love with the show in the first place. Let's take a look at several things that you might have missed from "Hiraeth."

1. The Gallaghers Are Reunited

It was as if we were watching an earlier season (via Showtime).
It was as if we were watching an earlier season (via Showtime).

One of my favorite things about Shameless is the family vibe of the show. Last season, the Gallaghers went their separate ways and, for the most part, the show suffered because of this. Despite only one episode in,Season 7 has reunited the entire Gallagher clan for the first time in ages. Not only did Frank return to the family home, but Fiona, Ian, Lip, Carl and Debbie were all sharing pizza under the same roof at the same time. Fiona dragging Frank down the stairs was a complete throwback moment — this was the Shameless we all remember fondly.

Seeing the family back together is certainly a sign of things to come. It felt like watching one of the earlier seasons of the Showtime dramedy and seeing how involved the characters are in each others lives made me remember why I fell in love with the characters in the first place. Despite their struggles, they are back together. They may be dysfunctional, but the Gallaghers are the best family on TV.

2. The Truth Will Set You Free

Frank set Fiona free with the truth (via Showtime).
Frank set Fiona free with the truth (via Showtime).

Regardless of what you may think about Frank Gallagher, he must be commended for always having the courage to speak his mind. It's a good way to be and although he sometimes doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut, you can always rely on Frank to be, well, frank.

In the season premiere, Fiona kicks Frank out of the house and he barks that all he did was tell the truth about Sean — her addict ex-fiance. He's quite right — he may have been a terrible father but he did save Fiona from marrying Sean. When Fiona finally saw the truth she started her life all over again and this new beginning allowed all of her siblings came home. It took the harsh reality of the truth to set Fiona free .

3. New Directions For Everyone

I couldn't think of a better way to describe Fiona (via Showtime).
I couldn't think of a better way to describe Fiona (via Showtime).

After experiencing much loss last season, the Gallagher's are starting over. Actor Cameron Monaghan, who plays Ian, said that Season 7 is primarily about new beginnings for the Gallaghers and that really shows in the season premiere. Lip is released from rehab and ready to get his life back on track — although it'll be interesting to see if that actually happens and if he's willing to give up the drink. Debbie is pulling out all the stops to be a good mom to Frannie and although she's struggled in the past, she really seems to be making a go of things with her young daughter.

Fiona, who is one of the strongest characters on TV, is ready to take on the world and she does so by getting a tattoo that symbolizes all of the struggle and heartache she's had to endure. Although it was easy to miss it at first, she has "warrior" inked on her right arm. It's a word more than appropriate to describe her and it really made me remember just how much the character has had to cope with over the years, yet she still came out on top. Season 7 certainly marks a new beginning for the Fiona character and I'm really interested to see where she will go. it's about time that Fiona focused on herself.

Svetlana, Kev and V are really making a go of things. (via Showtime).
Svetlana, Kev and V are really making a go of things. (via Showtime).

Ian is working as an EMT and it appears that he actually has a passion for what he's doing — unlike last season. Kevin, Veronica and Svetlana are really making a go of the threesome relationship and we learn that Svetlana is gifted in more ways than we knew — specifically mathematically. Is there anything she can't do? Even Frank is starting over — by making up on all of the drinking time he's lost while he was in a coma. Okay so, we use the term "new beginning" rather loosely where Frank Gallagher is concerned. Everyone is starting over this season and allowing new storyline opportunities for the show.

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4. Ian's Character Is Further Developing

Ian has more to give on "Shameless" (via Showtime).
Ian has more to give on "Shameless" (via Showtime).

The only thing that really bugged me about the season premiere was Ian's lack of screen time. However, there appears to be a reason for this — subtle hints throughout the premiere suggested that he will come into his own in later episodes. As we saw in the premiere, Caleb's presence on the show currently means that Ian is segregated from the other Gallaghers. This means that Ian currently has less screentime at the moment but when that relationship ends then Ian return home.

Ian has always been one of Shameless' greatest characters and it looks like the character will continue to develop in Season 7. Ian's discovery of Caleb's bisexuality will make him question things — specifically his own sexuality. I think we will see the character go on a journey of self-discovery this season and that will definitely be interesting to watch. A little experimenting probably won't hurt. Having said that, I've always loved how comfortable Ian is with himself and his sexuality so I really hope that doesn't change now.

It's worth noting that Ian's bipolar diagnosis wasn't mentioned once in the premiere episode which I think is rather important as it highlights how far the character has come since the Season 6 finale. Moreover, with rumors flying that Mickey Milkovich will (finally) be making an appearance this season, I think Season 7 is going to prove to be an interesting season for Ian.

5. Isidora Goreshter In The Credits

Svetlana is finally where she deserves to be. (via Showtime).
Svetlana is finally where she deserves to be. (via Showtime).

It was a blink and you'll miss it moment, but this episode marks the first ever time that the brilliant Isidora Goreshter is named in the opening credits. The character of Svetlana may have been around for several Shameless seasons, but she's only been credited as a recurring character — this episode marks the first time she's credited as a regular.

Not only that, but Svetlana's increased screen time in the episode proves that this decision should've been made long ago. Svetlana is easily the funniest — and one of the most intriguing — characters on Shameless.

Yas Queen! Svetlana being fierce! (via Showtime).
Yas Queen! Svetlana being fierce! (via Showtime).

6. Former WWE Wrestler John Morrison

Anybody else recognize Fiona's admirer? (via Showtime).
Anybody else recognize Fiona's admirer? (via Showtime).

While playing interim manager at Patsy's Pies, Fiona serves a guy who asks her out on a date. The actor portraying the unlucky in love character was none other than wrestler John Hennigan. It was another blink and you'll miss it moment, definitely worth a rewatch if you're familiar with the athlete.

Mostly known for his stint in WWE as John Morrison, some may remember him more fondly as Johnny Nitro when he was part of tag team MNM alongside Joey Mercury and Melina.

7. The Relevance Of The Title

Frank just wants to go home (via Showtime).
Frank just wants to go home (via Showtime).

The premiere episode of Season 7 is titled "Hiraeth." Hiraeth is a welsh word for which there is no direct English translation, but it is used to describe a longing for one's home. However, it is not necessarily one's homeland, it is longing for a home that one cannot return to — a place or a time when one felt at home. Hiraeth is commonly associated with nostalgia.

Shameless Season 7 may primarily be about new beginnings for the Gallaghers but there is definitely a longing for the way that things were. Season 6 separated the family but Season 7 has brought them all back home — it's as if nothing has ever changed since the first season. Similarly, Frank reverts to his Season 1 archetype characteristics in his attempts to get back into the family home — he is longing to go home. The first episode of the season was full of nostalgia for me — it felt like the Shameless from days gone by.

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The season premiere has set the stage for a great season of Shameless. With the premiere episode exploring the themes of self-discovery and starting over, I think we're in for one hell of a ride. It may have been on the air for seven seasons, but Showtime's dramedy is showing no signs of going stale. Season 7 could be the Gallaghers' greatest adventure yet.

Shameless airs Sundays on Showtime. What did you think of the Season 7 premiere of Shameless? Tell me in the comment section below.