Julianna Margulies kept details of "The Good Wife's" shocking plot twist under wraps for nearly a year, the Emmy-winning actress confessed to fans this week in a Q&A session on Facebook.
Attorney Will Gardner, Margulies' character's sometimes-love interest played by Josh Charles since the show's inception in 2009, was killed during a Chicago courtroom shooting spree by the man he was defending in Sunday night's episode. The plot development was created more than a year ago when Charles first voiced his desire to leave the show to pursue other creative endeavors, according to CBS.
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When asked during the Facebook Q&A if the writers told her about Gardner's death in advance, Margulies responded: "They are so respectful, they ran it by me first before bringing it to the Network, and Josh and I both thought it was a brilliant idea."
On whether her character Alicia Florrick will find love again, Margulies said: "I hope so, don't we all wish that for anyone who has lost a love in their life? That being said, it will take a long time."
When another commenter asked if she would become promiscuous to cope with the grief, the actress quipped: "It's called THE GOOD WIFE! Not the GOOD SLUT!"
In an open letter to fans, "The Good Wife" co-creators Robert and Michelle King
explained that the show "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 [to leave the show], made over a year ago, to move on to other creative endeavors, we had a major choice to make," the letter read.
Charles made his first appearance since the episode aired on the "Late Show With David Letterman" Monday night to discuss his character's demise.
"You got killed off!" Letterman said to the actor as he sat down.
"That's what you gotta do to get on the Letterman show," Charles replied. "I had to do that, I had to get killed off to get on your show."
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