"The Good Wife" delivered a major curveball Sunday night when it killed off one of its main characters, sending fans of the CBS legal drama into a massive freak-out on Twitter.
On Sunday night's unexpected episode of "The Good Wife," attorney Will Gardner (played by series regular Josh Charles) was fatally shot in a crowded courtroom by his client, Jeffrey Grant (Hunter Parrish). The episode ended just as Alicia Florrick (star Julianna Margulies) is about to find out her sort-of love interest is dead.
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In anticipation of the Twitter revolt spurred by the death of a series favorite, "The Good Wife" co-creators and executive producers penned an open letter to fans that sought to explain the decision to kill off Charles' character.
"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," Robert and Michelle King's statement said. "'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."
"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," the letter continued. "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."
Charles opened up about his departure from the show in a video interview posted online after Sunday's episode aired.
"I knew that I wanted to do what would feel right to honor the character and give him a proper goodbye. Robert and Michelle shared with me how they were thinking they would like to handle Will's departure [and] I was really excited about the idea," he said. "I thought it had the element of surprise, the shock. I feel like I'm leaving the show on a very good note and I know that the show is just going to continue to get better and better."
But fans of "The Good Wife" were heartbroken and took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Will Gardner.
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