The Good Wife Creators Write Letter To Fans After Shocking Twist (SPOILER)
“The Good Wife” shocked fans with a bombshell plot twist on Sunday’s episode, and now the CBS show’s creators are sounding off on what happened. Warning: Spoilers!
Fans were devastated when Josh Charles’ character, attorney Will Gardner, was shot and killed in a Chicago courtroom by an unstable client.
Charles had been on the show since it debuted in 2009, and was an on-and-off love interest of Julianna Margulies’ character Alicia Florrick.
Showrunners Michelle and Robert King have since explained their decision to kill off the character, saying Charles had wanted to leave the series and pursue other endeavors.
They wrote in a letter to fans on Twitter, “We, like you, mourn the loss of Will Gardner. And while Will is gone, our beloved Josh Charles is very much alive and remains an integral part of our family.”
The Kings added, “‘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.”
They continued, “Finally, 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.”
CBS has also posted a video of the show’s creators and cast discussing the episode (see below). What do you think about the decision to kill off Charles’ character?