“The Good Wife” Creators Explain Shocking Plot Twist

Posted Monday March 24, 2014 9:55 AM GMT

If you’re a fan of “The Good Wife” but haven’t seen Sunday’s episode (March 23) be advised that there are some pretty serious plot spoilers ahead!

The popular CBS program, starring Julianna Margulies, ended up killing off attorney Will Gardner, played by Josh Charles, after he was shot by an unstable client in a Chicago courtroom.

In response to dismayed fans, creators Michelle and Robert King have issued an explanation for the unexpected series of events.

Via Twitter, the Kings wrote, “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.”

“‘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. 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.”

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