[Spoiler alert. Skip this post if you haven’t seen Sunday night’s episode.]
I’ve been watching the CBS series The Good Wife since halfway through the first season and caught up on it all in re-runs (thank you, TiVo). As other fans of the show know, Sunday night’s episode was a bit of a shocker: Will Gardner, played by Josh Charles, was shot and killed.
I was surprised not just because I liked the character, but I didn’t think that a TV series such this one would have the guts to kill off a major character, and I mean killing him off literally. It’s not the first time it’s happened — NCIS wrote off Sasha Alexander’s character with a bullet to the forehead — but usually they do it with less finality: they marry them off, send them to another location, or something that offers the possibility of “Special Guest Appearance” in upcoming episodes.
The producers felt compelled to explain the killing in an open letter to their fans, but from a dramatic standpoint I think it was a valid and well-done action.
The network previewed upcoming episodes which had another shocker: It was a hell of a way to find out that NBC has cancelled “The Michael J. Fox Show.”