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

Tue, March 25, 2014 1:54pm EDT by Elizabeth Wagmeister 35 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 reported yesterday, after the shocking episode. Josh spoke with our sister site,, 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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