‘Good Wife': Josh Charles Explains Will Gardner’s Death — Watch

Tue, March 25, 2014 1:54pm EDT by 29 Comments

‘The Good Wife’ fans are still in the midst of an emotional breakdown after Will Gardner was killed off in the March 23 episode, and now, actor Josh Charles is speaking out on the shocker of TV history. Keep reading to find out why he was shot.

It’s not often that a series regular is killed off a hit show, but The Good Wife went there on the Sunday, March 23 episode, killing off Will Gardner (Josh Charles). It’s hard to imagine that an actor would voluntarily opt to leave primetime, but it’s true — Josh wanted out! Why did he decide to end his run on the CBS legal drama? Click below to WATCH!

Josh Charles Explains Will Gardner’s Death On ‘The Good Wife’

Series regular Will Gardner was killed of The Good Wife this past Sunday, March 23, practically killing fans everywhere. Shot by his client, Jeffrey Grant (Hunter Parrish), Will didn’t make it out alive — turns out, the actor behind the fan favorite character didn’t want him to make it out alive.

Josh Charles stopped by The Late Show With David Letterman last night, Monday, March 24, to explain his shocking exit, and he’s not quite mourning Will’s death like fans are.

“What the hell happened?” David Letterman greeted Josh Charles on his show last night. “You got killed off!”

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A surprisingly upbeat Josh answered with wit: “That’s what you gotta do to get on the Letterman show. I had to do that, I had to get killed off to get on your show.”

While we love his humor, we are sad to see Will leave Lockhart Gardner for good, and our hearts are aching that Will’s terminal fate was decided on ages ago!

“Yeah, we’ve known this since last year,” Josh admitted of his character’s killing. “It’s been one of the greatest gigs for me in my entire career, but at the end of last year, my contract was up and I was just ready to kind of move on.”

He also pointed out that coming back to do 15 episodes this season was “really was great for the show and also was a really proper goodbye to the character, so that was special.”

We don’t think Will’s send-off could be proper in any way — especially with a shot through his body!

Will Will Gardner Ever Return To The Show?

Although Will is gone, he’s not quite gone forever. Ah, the power of television! Josh will return to next week’s March 30 episode in a series of flashbacks from Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) point of view, as HollywoodLife.com reported yesterday, after the shocking episode. Josh spoke with our sister site, TVLine.com, telling Michael Ausiello about his final episode.

“Will’s presence is deeply felt in [next week's episode]. And the script is extremely powerful. The shock is in Episode 15, but Episode 16 is where you see the ripple effect of how everyone is taking the news. Reading the script was very hard for me. The scenes between Alicia and Diane… it really broke me up reading it. It was beautifully written and crafted and I was thrilled to be a part of it. There’s a moment at the end of the episode where Alicia is dealing with her memory of the day that it happened… Let’s just say that there was a phone-call moment that I had [which was] the last piece of real acting that I did on the show, and that was a very emotional moment for me. I think we did about five or six takes. And as each take progressed, I found myself getting more and more emotional, because I realized this is the last time I’d be talking as this character. This emotion came from some sort of deep place inside of me. And I had to kind of contain it somewhat. But that was when it hit me. That moment was one I will remember for a long time.”

Josh will also be directing an upcoming episode of The Good Wife, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. We’re glad that there’s no bad blood (pun intended) between Josh and the cast, but we’d much rather see him in front of the camera!

Wouldn’t you? Let us know, HollywoodLifers, if you were sad to see Josh Charles leave The Good Wife, and if you’re still planning on tuning in without Will Gardner!

– Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Jasmine

Posted at 6:45 AM on June 7, 2014  

I was truly devastated when Will was killed. I had secretly hoped for a permanent union between Will and Alicia. I think they made an ideal couple with love, humour and partnership all incorporated into their relationship.

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Rubi Israel

Posted at 1:37 AM on May 7, 2014  

I’m in total shock(I saw the sudden episode just yesterday). Cried like I lost a close friend. I can’t imagine this series withour Will. Each next episode that I saw I waited for him.
The series just lost one of the most interest aspects and I’m not sure that next season can be good now without Will and I’m not sure it will work and get the same high reiting

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Mariel

Posted at 3:45 PM on April 21, 2014  

I was hoping to find out that Michael J Fox would NOT be Will’s replacement but it seems like I am wrong. So for me too: so long The good Wife. I have been watching since the first episode but just couldn’t handle the ones with Fox on it and would not / could not watch it any longer….. Like so many people are saying.

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Dd

Posted at 10:20 PM on April 13, 2014  

Show is dead now! Not even good! Done watching!
Michael J Fox will seal the lights off on show! Sorry he’s no Will!

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Dips

Posted at 6:24 AM on March 29, 2014  

Just bring him back in the show….otherwise the show is dead…. Bye bye the good wife!

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Frances

Posted at 1:51 AM on March 28, 2014  

Michael J. Fox ruins the show. With Will gone, I’m done. Bring him back. He made the show!

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Mary Jane Prothro-Jones, Rancho Cucamonga CA

Posted at 11:43 PM on March 26, 2014  

Well we all know Elicia is going to have a complete breakdown . . . drunk all day in her pajamas, and I am never going to watch my favorite show again. God kill her husband, or even one of her kids (yeah, I’M BITTER) HA! You producers and writers SUCK IT!

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Janet

Posted at 10:39 AM on March 26, 2014  

I was hoping the first of next season, Alicia would wake up from a dream/nightmare…….

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Posted at 12:03 AM on March 26, 2014  

Anyone else feel like they’ll need a support group to work through this? Who new a fictional character’s death could blindside me like this…

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Posted at 12:03 AM on March 26, 2014  

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Karen

Posted at 10:00 PM on March 25, 2014  

I am surprised that Will was killed off. The show ours not going to be the same. He and Alicia made that show. I do not like Michael J Fox’s character. Not to mention with his illness he is not the actor he used to be. He needs to medically retire.

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Posted at 2:13 AM on July 18, 2014  

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Bonnie

Posted at 10:00 PM on March 25, 2014  

Will not watch the show any more!

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Kathy

Posted at 9:55 PM on March 25, 2014  

Why did he leave? No one is answering that question? Was it money? Was it to do something else? To me they are trying to use the shock factor like Breaking Bad to get people to watch, but in the upcoming scenes they show Michael Fox, whom I appreciate as an actor and person but this show does not did that character, it will ruin the show. I think the writers should rethink this decision and bring back Will as his twin brother or something like that. The show will never be the same.

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arlene

Posted at 9:26 PM on March 25, 2014  

Won’t watch anymore

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Ginger

Posted at 12:31 AM on March 26, 2014  

Sure you will.

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Sandi

Posted at 9:24 PM on March 25, 2014  

This is unreal!!!! UNREAL!!!! We just watched it on DVR….UNREAL!!!!

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Babe

Posted at 8:34 PM on March 25, 2014  

I can’t get over Josh’s (Will) character being killed off. I watch the series because of him, Diane, Eli Gold and Cary Agos. Not a big fan of Alicia the main cast and Kalinda. Will watch a few more episodes to see how it goes but I’m guessing I will move on from it soon. All the same, goodluck Josh, we’ll really miss you.

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JR

Posted at 7:39 PM on March 25, 2014  

The producers need to renegotiate Josh’s contract and give him whatever he wants to get him back.They can say that the person who was shot was Will’s long lost twin or it was a cover up to hide him from Dubeck,the government investigator.

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Ginger

Posted at 12:34 AM on March 26, 2014  

No, that would be terrible. There is also nothing they could give him that would bring him back. He is the one who wanted to move on to other things. Sure they could have offered him enough that would have been so stupid he would have to agree, but the show would be cancelled because it would cost more to keep him than the show costs.

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Barbara

Posted at 5:33 PM on March 25, 2014  

I understand that the emotional/sexual tension between Will and Alicia had run their course. I’m not certain how Fox’s character will fit/add to the show’s dynamics. I love Juliana, Christina, and Archie’s characters. The directors/cast have lots to live up to.

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straightshooter415

Posted at 4:57 PM on March 25, 2014  

Michael J Fox will ruin The Good Wife. He needs to stay the Hell off the set of The Good Wife, or their ratings will plummet.

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Posted at 3:58 PM on March 25, 2014  

I liked the Good Wife because of Will and Alicia. I will not be watching it if Michael J. Fox is Will’s replacement on the show. I hate his character.

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Julie

Posted at 4:44 PM on March 25, 2014  

I also hope Michael J. Fox doesn’t fill Will’s position. I will still watch the show as it is one of my favorites but am very sad that Will isn’t a part of it anymore.

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