“The Good Wife” Shocker: Creators Explain Killing of Major Character
And you thought The Bachelor finale had TV fans in a tizzy! What say you about last night’s nail-biting episode of The Good Wife?
CBS’ legal drama hit sent shockwaves through fans with the shocking death of attorney Will Gardner (played by actor Josh Charles). In an episode aptly-titled “Dramatics, Your Honor, Gardner was gunned down in the middle of a courtroom by deranged client Jeffrey Grant (Hunter Parrish). It seemed Will might pull through, but he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Josh reveals that he and show’s producers have known he’d be leaving the show for some time; giving writers enough time to come up with a storyline that would send Will out in a way that would make Good Wife devotees go “Gasp, Shock, Gag.” We’d say,”Mission Accomplished.”
The star tells TV Line:
“I knew last year. Through discussions with the producers and [star] Julianna [Margulies], we all kind of thought of an idea that [included me coming] back this year to do a set amount of 15 episodes and really build towards something and give the character a more proper goodbye.”
Josh is ready for fan outrage over his character’s out-of-nowhere demise.
“I know people will be shocked and some fans will be upset and maybe even angry and I can take the hit on that one. If they’re going to blame anybody, they can blame me. But I think it’s going to send the show in a new direction and it’s going to just keep being fantastic.”
Josh may be ready to incur the wrath of rabid fans, but the backlash has been more than Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King bargained for. After fans expressed disappointment over the plot development, the duo felt compelled to explain Will’s death in an open letter posted to CBS.com early Monday.
“The Good Wife, at its heart, is the ‘Education of Alicia Florrick.’ To us, there always was a tragedy at the center of Will and Alicia’s relationship: the tragedy of bad timing. And when faced with the gut punch of Josh’s decision, made over a year ago, to move on to other creative endeavors, we had a major choice to make.”
“We could ‘send him off to Seattle,’ he could be disbarred, or get married, or go off to Borneo to do good works. But there was something in the passion that Will and Alicia shared that made distance a meager hurdle. The brutal honesty and reality of death speaks to the truth and tragedy of bad timing for these two characters. Will’s death propels Alicia into her newest incarnation…”
The Kings added:
“…We chose the tragic route for Will’s send-off for personal reasons. We’ve all experienced the sudden death of a loved one in our lives. It’s terrifying how a perfectly normal and sunny day can suddenly explode with tragedy. Television, in our opinion, doesn’t deal with this enough: the irredeemability of death. Your last time with the loved one will always remain your last time. The Good Wife is a show about human behavior and emotion, and death, as sad and unfair as it can be, is a part of the human experience that we want to share.”