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'The Good Wife' shocks fans, kills off major character

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Spoiler Alert: If you haven't watched the Sunday, March 23 episode of the series, stop reading if you don't want to be spoiled

Fasten your seat belts “The Good Wife” fans. If you've been following the trials of the lawyers of Lockhart & Gardner and Florrik & Agos, you didn't see this coming.

In tonight's episode, entitled “Dramatics, Your Honor,” Will Gardner (Josh Charles) was shot and killed in a random courtroom shooting by the client he was defending in court. Again, no one saw it coming.

It was just a regular workday in Chicago with regular cases and the on-going story of the Voter Fraud investigation, Cary represented Alicia in the “voluntary” deposition with the investigators. Cary came clean to Alicia about his relationship with Kalinda and Kalinda tried to do the same with Will. Diane offered to help to Will in court when his case seemed to be going downhill and Alicia warned Will that his clients parents were having second thoughts about his defense and wanted a second opinion.

Just when everything seemed to be going Will's way and his client's way, this happened. The shock of the plot twist is heightened by the fact that Will has been a regular character on the show since its 2009 debut and the love interest of the show's main character, Alicia Florrik and a partner in the law firm where Alicia worked before starting her own firm earlier this season.

The true aftermath of Will's death and what it will mean for his firm and for Alicia will be seen in upcoming episodes. Tonight's show ended with Kalinda calling Alicia with the news. A preview clip hinted at Diane hiring Will's replacement and also showed Alicia taking the news pretty hard, thus causing more strife in the already shaky marriage between her and Peter.

Fan reaction has yet to be seen, but the creators seem to be ready to heal any wounds that might result from it. Creators Robert and Michelle King posted a letter on CBS.com regarding “Episode 515” explaining their decision to kill the character rather than write him off to perhaps return at another time.

"We’ve always taken as a guiding principle of this show that drama isn’t in the event; it’s in the aftermath of the event. We think you’ll find that true of this episode," is just one of the phrases the letter states.

Charles will surely talk about his decision to leave the series when he makes an appearance on “Late Show with David Letterman”on Monday night. The Kings will be the guests at a panel moderated by Charlie Rose later this week, to discuss the episode and to forecast the season's remaining seven episodes that sees the returns of Michael J. Fox and Stockard Channing and Dallas Roberts as Alicia's mother and brother.

“The Good Wife” stars Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi, Matt Czuchry, and Josh Charles, Alan Cumming and Chris Noth.

Catch “The Good Wife” Sundays on CBS.

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