'The Good Wife's' shocking death explained - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

'The Good Wife's' shocking death explained

Posted:

By Breeanna Hare

Editor's note: This article contains spoilers about a major death on "The Good Wife."

(CNN) -- Be kind to fans of "The Good Wife" today. They're seriously struggling.

During the course of Sunday's episode, faithful "Good Wife" viewers had to say goodbye to Josh Charles' character, Will Gardner, who was killed in a plot twist no one saw coming.

Fans have taken the news so badly that showrunners Robert and Michelle King have been forced to explain why they did it.

The Kings, who launched the acclaimed drama in 2009, say in an open letter addressed to their "loyal" audience that their focus has always been on "the education of" Julianna Margulies' character, Alicia Florrick, a lawyer whose life was thrown into turmoil after her husband's corruption scandal.

Over the past five seasons, Florrick has gone from being "the good wife" to a woman rebuilding her life and career as a litigator, reuniting with her old law school friend, Will, along the way.

So when the two writers were "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," they say of the deceased character.

But distance would've been but a "meager hurdle" for Alicia and Will.

"To us, there always was a tragedy at the center of Will and Alicia's relationship: the tragedy of bad timing," the Kings said. "The brutal honesty and reality of death speaks to the truth and tragedy of bad timing for these two characters."

Basically, this character's death will "propel Alicia into her newest incarnation."

"Death also created a new dramatic 'hub' for the show," the Kings continue. "We're always looking for these turning points -- some event midway through the season that will spin everybody's lives in new directions. These turning points keep the show from slipping into a numbing sameness, and keep the characters fresh: because you see how they react to a completely new status quo."

The unexpected death they just handed down "in many ways becomes a hub for the whole series, violently spinning everybody in new directions."

So why did they opt to off the guy in such a gut-wrenching way?

Well, the Kings say, "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."

In the end, the two conclude, "Life does go on."

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2014 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

  • Triumph Over Kid Cancer Holds Giddy Up Race

    Triumph Over Kid Cancer Holds Giddy Up Race

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:07 AM EDT2014-09-01 13:07:33 GMT
    James Ragan's goal was to raise money and awareness to find a cure for pediatric cancers.More >>
    James Ragan's goal was to raise money and awareness to find a cure for pediatric cancers.
    More >>
  • It's Your Life Foundation Golf Tournament

    It's Your Life Foundation Golf Tournament

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:47 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:47:39 GMT
    It's Your Life Foundation is working to end diabetes, childhood obesity and youth smoking in the Coastal Bend.More >>
    It's Your Life Foundation is working to end diabetes, childhood obesity and youth smoking in the Coastal Bend.More >>
  • Family Searches for Missing Man

    Family Searches for Missing Man

    An Aransas Pass family is searching for their loved one who went missing in Brooks County. His family says it's the last thing he said on the phone that has them fearing for his life. 20 year old Eric Samora reportedly called his family two weeks ago saying he was running for his life through the brush near Falfurrias and didn't know where he was at. That's when the phone went dead. Anayeli Ruiz spoke with the young man's family and has the story.More >>
    An Aransas Pass family is searching for their loved one who went missing in Brooks County. His family says it's the last thing he said on the phone that has them fearing for his life. 20 year old Eric Samora reportedly called his family two weeks ago saying he was running for his life through the brush near Falfurrias and didn't know where he was at. That's when the phone went dead. Anayeli Ruiz spoke with the young man's family and has the story.More >>