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Warning: This article contains spoilers from Season 7 of Showtime's Shameless.

In the world of television there are few relationships that can set the internet on fire like the pairing of Mickey Milkovich and Ian Gallagher on Showtime's Shameless. The partnership, better known to fans as 'Gallavich', is one of the most beloved fictional relationships of all time and in terms of relationships, it's right up there with Glee's Kurt and Blaine and Queer as Folk's Brian and Justin.

When Mickey was written out of Shameless in the sixth season, the fans revolted but, unfortunately due to actor Noel Fisher's other commitments, the show had to go on without Mickey. Without Gallavich, Shameless struggled during its sixth season but to be fair the seventh season has been much better. However, all of our prayers have been answered and our favourite ship is ready to set sail again — Mickey has returned and is back.

Although Sunday night television was pretty busy with The Walking Dead delivering a huge episode and HBO's juggernaut Westworld closing out it's first season, Shameless was blowing up social media.

The latest episode of the long running Showtime dramedy saw Ian Gallagher get the shock of his life when his former flame Mickey Milkovich — who has been in prison — showed up and won over his heart. As you can probably imagine, fans couldn't wait to express their joy at Mickey's return and many of their reactions summed up how we all felt while watching the episode.

Yep, Mickey's return hit us all right in the feels. The anticipation for his return first began when executive producer Sheila Callaghan tweeted about the character several months ago.

Mickey escaped from prison during last week's episode and Ian was notified by the police. This week's episode saw him spend much time deliberating what he wants out of life and ultimately he deiced that the rush he gets while with Mickey is better than any other feeling in the world. Mickey was set to go on the run and Ian decided to go with him.

Gallavich has reunited and all is right with the world. [Via Showtime]
Gallavich has reunited and all is right with the world. [Via Showtime]

Social media users were not only happy to see Mickey return, but his return meant that Gallavich was a thing again. Again, this relationship is so beloved and their reunion has been anticipated for quite some time now.

Having Ian and Mickey back together again reminds me of why I fell in love with the show in the first place — it's like the first few seasons all over again. Check out some more fabulous reactions below.

Meanwhile, some social media users were so over come with emotion that words were not nearly enough — they had to express their feelings through the use of images. It's okay guys, I totally understand

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As a fan of this pairing, this episode was literally everything that a Gallavich fan could've hoped for and more. Ian chose Mickey — the way it was always meant to be and the ending has made me hopeful for the future.

It wasn't only the fans enjoying social media during the episode, even the Shameless actors themselves took part and joined in the fun.

Check out a Gallavich clip from next week's episode of Shameless:

So there you have it folks, the moment we've all been waiting for — Mickey has returned to Shameless and the fandom couldn't be happier. With Ian and Mickey on the road again, who knows what wacky adventures they'll get up to? It doesn't really matter, as long as they have each other, right? Provided they avoid the police, they'll be fine.


Are you happy that Mickey has returned to Shameless?

Shameless airs Sundays on Showtime.


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