(Warning: There may be a spoiler or two in the article you are about to read.)
Were you one of the people watching The Good Wife the other night? If so, you caught wind of a crucial plot twist when one of the show’s main characters, Will Gardner, was killed off the show. It’s been a hot topic of discussion the last few days, even topping news of the latest death on Scandal, which also left Twitter reeling just a few nights earlier (RIP James played by Dan Bucatinsky.
Apparently, actor Josh Charles, who has played Will since the show’s inception, asked to leave the show last year when his contract was up and the twist was kept under wrap by him and the show’s writers since then. He agreed to stay on for another season and shoot 15 episodes so that the writers could carefully plan his exit. Apparently the cast was told of his exit at the end of last season. According to the online entertainment publication Deadline, show runners Michelle and Robert King, who wrote the episode together, said: “Their reaction was understanding. It’s a very collegial and professional cast, and they understand an actor leaving because he wants to challenge himself. It helped that Josh was directing two episodes this season, and one of the episodes we specifically arranged for after he left the show so the Band-Aid wouldn’t be completely ripped off.”
One thing was for sure. If you DVR’ed the show, it was hard to stay away from spoilers with the big reveal. Fans were so upset about the unexpected death that they took to Twitter to vent their woes. Someone tweeted "I can't handle what just happened on #TheGoodWife. I need a support group.” The reaction prompted the Kings to write the show’s fans a public letter posted on CBS. About Will’s brutal death by an angry client in court, they said:
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.
Read the entire letter courtesy of CBS.
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