Last night millions of people were dealing with upset phone calls and texts from their parents. CBS’ “The Good Wife” is the King of TV for people over 55. Last night’s shocking episode is why so many grandparents are wearing black today. The episode had the requisite hype around it that all new episodes of CBS shows receive, but nothing to let viewers on to the major shock. Obviously now is the time to stop reading if you have the episode saved to your DVR.
DVR viewers could find the show’s recording cut in half due to the March Madness game before “60 Minutes” that shifted the CBS prime time schedule back forty minutes. That delay ruined many a recording of the show.
The big shock was the death of Will Gardner. Will was shot by an insane client in the middle of his trial. Actor Josh Charles is one of the best parts of “The Good Wife”, and his Will Gardner was the last person viewers expected to die. While it might be unpopular with fans, the show will benefit from the character’s exit. It sweeps the Will and Alicia’s relationship away so new stories can join the show.
The show’s producer’s sent an open letter to the fans in the wake of Will’s death that was published by Deadline.com Here’s a main piece about how Will’s death will let the show head in new directions.
Death also created a new dramatic “hub” for the show. 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. Will’s death in many ways becomes a hub for the whole series, violently spinning everybody in new directions.
Will you miss Will Gardner? Do you think the show made a smart decision?