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The 'Good Wife' Twist: Now What?

Fans are left reeling after the show’s jaw-dropping March 23 episode

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If only we could declare a mistrial and demand a reshoot of the shocking March 23 episode of The Good Wife, in which — stop reading now if you haven’t watched it yet! — a murder suspect went on a shooting spree in the courtroom and killed his attorney Will Gardner (played by the super Josh Charles). The character’s demise had secretly been in the works since last spring, when the 42-year-old actor told executive producers Robert and Michelle King that he wanted to leave the CBS drama at the end of last season. Mercifully, costar and producer Julianna Margulies (who plays his sometime love interest Alicia Florrick) persuaded Charles to stay on for 16 more episodes, leading up to the unexpected bloodbath. In an open letter to fans, the Kings explained their decision to kill Will as opposed to, say, having him leave town: “There was something in the passion that Will and Alicia shared that made distance a meager hurdle…. Death speaks to the truth and tragedy of bad timing for these two characters. Will’s death propels Alicia into her newest incarnation.” And how. Not only does it pave the way for the return of Michael J. Fox (as the cunning Louis Canning) for four episodes, but a studio source swears it tees up an even more exciting sixth season for the drama (which CBS just renewed). That’s nice and all, but can we have a short recess to blubber like a baby?