The Good Wife’s Shocking Death — Star Tells Angry Fans, “You Can Blame Me”
*Spoiler alert! Major spoilers on March 23 episode ahead*
How ironic. Last night's penultimate episode of The Walking Dead was hopeful and tame, with no major deaths, but over on The Good Wife, they were the ones to blindside viewers with a main character's demise.
On the Sunday, March 23, Season 5, Episode 15, Josh Charles's Will Gardner was shot by client Jeffrey Grant (Hunter Parrish) in the middle of the courtroom. Will later died in the hospital.
So, um, that's the end of any future romance plans for Will and Alicia (Julianna Margulies).
Josh talked to TVLine about leaving the show, which was his idea. He talked to producers and Julianna last year about moving on, saying it wasn't for any bad reason, he was just creatively ready to move on after five seasons. Josh and Julianne are good friends, and she's the reason he did the show, since she thought of him for the role.
"I talked to her very honestly about how I was feeling, and, as a friend, she really understood my point of view and respected that decision,” Josh said. “There was some sadness in the conversation because we knew this [was] coming to an end. She was sad, but very supportive and understanding… I never wanted to leave the show in a bad place. Where Julianna was really helpful was in coming up with the idea of doing maybe a little bit more than just a few episodes this season, and that’s where I came up with the number 15. It got stuck in my head; it sounded like the right amount."
He was supportive of Will's "powerful and strong and shocking" death. But it's especially sad since "the ice definitely thawed a little bit" between Will and Alicia just before he was shot and you could see that they might be moving toward a better direction.
Josh will be back in next week's episode for a series of flashback, so it's not like Will is gone gone, but it's still not the same.
When TVLine asked for any final thoughts from him, Josh basically issued a mea culpa: "I know people will be shocked and some fans will be upset, and maybe even angry, and I can take the hit on that one. If they’re going to blame anybody, they can blame me. But I think it’s going to send the show in a new direction and it’s going to just keep being fantastic. I’ve been really proud to be a part of it. It’s the longest job I’ve ever had. I leave with my head held high and feeling, hopefully, that I contributed in some small way to make it what it is."