That Thing That Happened On Last Night's 'The Good Wife,' Spoiler Alert, Was Completely F**king Unacceptable

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That Thing That Happened On Last Night's 'The Good Wife,' Spoiler Alert, Was Completely F**king Unacceptable

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | March 24, 2014 | Comments ()


Happy Monday morning everyone, and go to hell, The Good Wife!

You can’t do that. No. I said, NO. Take it back. Fucking dream sequence it out of existence. Hit the restart button. Have Jack Shepard look toward the sky and wake up next to Roseanne in Bob Newhart’s bed. I don’t care. Just figure it out. UNDO IT. You have to reverse it. Get Moffat. He’ll figure it out. I don’t care if it makes sense or not. JUST FIGURE IT OUT. Do some time travel, or get whatever it is that Agent Coulson got, or identical twin brother this business out of existence. Just get it done, The Good Wife. Where you left it last night, that’s unacceptable. Completely unacceptable.

Spoiler alert, by the way, Will Gardner was shot in the head. He died. F*cking Silas from Weeds shot him in the courtroom because Silas — who was winning his case, by the way — didn’t want to get sent back to the holding cell, where he was being regularly beaten. So he stole the bailiff’s gun, and he went on a shooting spree, and he killed his own goddamn lawyer, the one man who had the most faith in his innocence. He shot Will Gardner dead, and that’s not OK.

Silas from Weeds, of course, was introduced way back in the beginning of the season, so Michelle and Robert King — the sadistic married couple of that orchestrated this — have been planning it all year long. And they kept it secret. You know who saw that coming? Billy from Ally McBeal and NO ONE ELSE.

Will Gardner just got Billy’d.

What does it mean for the rest of the season? For the rest of the series? Well, it means that Will Gardner will no longer be on the show. That’s what sucks. The series got a huge SHOCKING moment out of it during last night’s episode, and Good Wife fans will be talking about it for weeks but when those weeks run out, the show still has no Will Gardner, and in case you were late arriving, that’s completely fucking unacceptable.

Josh Charles was the best reason to watch this show, except for Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, Carrie Preston, and sometimes Michael J. Fox. OK. Whatever. There’s still a lot of great talent on the show. But there’s no sly, charming, ice-cream truck guy from Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, and that’s not OK. Sure, the will-they-won’t-they with Alicia had kind of played out, but it wasn’t supposed end with won’t they. It was supposed to end with Will they, happily ever after.

Of course, they’ll patch over his absence with Michael J. Fox. And they’ll probably merge Florrick/Agos with Lockhart/*Sob Sob*, and there’s still the matter of Alicia and her dickhead husband, but who will be Alicia’s love interest now? Like, her real love interest. Oh, I see. She’s not going to have one. Because this is ultimately about a character who was, for so long, defined by her husband, going out and defining herself.

That’s a powerful theme, a noble one, even. But when it comes to romance, and two people meant for each other, well, YOU CAN’T KILL RACHEL’S ROSS, GODDAMNIT.

So fix it, Robert and Michelle King. Figure it out. Time Traveler’s Wife it. Or About Time it. At least let Will be the Ghost of fucking Hamlet, because I can’t go on this morning it’s too much I love you Will Gardner please don’t go!

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  • Nathan Convey

    This episode made my heart hurt. It didn't shock me, because I knew something was up (no contract signed, Josh on Letterman) but god it made me sad. As interested as I am in Alicia's reaction, I would have been more interested a year ago. As it stands, Kalinda, Diane & Finn (Matthew Goode's character) are what interests me at the minute.

  • kirbyjay

    Is Matthew Goode going to be a recurring character? I can get behind that. And I hope Diane throws the thug Will hired out on his ass.

  • Nathan Convey

    I'm not sure if he's going to be a permanent fixture or just around 'til the end of the season. But the King's did say he'd have a multi-episode arc which I assume will deal with Will practically dying in his arms and his trauma over the entire thing. I'd like for it to be permanent though.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Okay okay, we're all in shock but it's time to start thinking about the careful plotting that got us here, and I need to talk about my theory.

    This was 100% Peter's doing. Peter hates Will already and now dude has the testimony to ruin his life. Shooter guy was getting beat up in prion and Peter is not beyond intimidation tactics. So Peter somehow intimidated him into killing Will, and buddy decided to do it when he had the chance and messed up instead of waiting for the opportune time. We didn't see the actual shooting or hear what went down just before either, which at a minimum tells me there's more to this. Plus the way they called out the prison beatings felt a little leading.

    Peter is a fucking mobster of a politician and we only ever see him interact with other main(ish) characters, never with the people he conspires with. We get the persona not the man. When Alicia puts all this together, it's going to be amazing to watch her on the warpath against him to avenge Will.

  • Dominic

    interesting , in that it gives her even more reason to come " home " and run AFL ( sounds better see above ) . and ur peter is a mobster theory certainly fits the vote-fixing profile ...

  • competitivenonfiction

    Oh and I'll throw this in too. Eli Gold is going to figure it out before Alicia does.

  • bappi

    Thank you so much for writing this because I was so so so sad and disappointed with Wil´s death. I´m hating this narrative that now Alicia will be free and changed and find her way... Goddamn, you can find your way and have a handsome lover who actually makes you happy! Is this feminism now, for a female character to live her love has to die? I cannot accept this. I´m still hoping for a come back. I don´t care how, Will has to come back at some point.

  • Bananapanda

    Not for nothing but Dead Poets or Sports Night is a more apt reference. #saltingthemine

  • Kathie Murphy

    I thought they ruined the show when Alicia turned on Will when she left LG. The way she did that made absolutely no sense and everyone was crowing "Great Wife" and now they kill Will! I'm with you Dustin...unacceptable!

  • Dominic

    well now she'll have to come back to LG , sorry LFA ( LAF ? or alphabetially correct AFL ? obv Cary would have to come back too ) and you can be happy again . ... tho just for the record , isn;t that what ANY lawyer would do who got more famous than her other partners ( for whatever reason , granted ) , start their own firm ? seems as good as place as any to extend the character some . far from her roots as a poor divorcee begging for a job , as the flashbacks last episode showed / were MEANT to show ...

  • loo shag brolley

    I can handle Will being murdered... I think. I'm still working through it. What I can't handle is bringing back Michael J. Fox to supposedly fill the space he leaves behind. No. No frakking way.

  • loo shag brolley

    Here's the King's note on their decision to kill off Will (Julian Fellowes take note, please:)

  • DominaNefret

    I'm not normally big on spoilers, but I am really glad I read this before watching the episode. I don't handle gun deaths very well, since my brother.

    It was aan excellent episode, after bracing myself enough to watch.

  • alannaofdoom

    It has been a rough couple of days in my living room, what with Hannibal and now this show. Bring me all the ice cream in the land, please.

  • Teabelly

    It shows how little I care about this show right now that I saw the word 'spoiler' and still came to read. And I don't care a jot. I've really started to hate Will this season, but then I can't think of any character I like right now, maybe Eli? I want to bang all their heads together.

    I'm a few episodes behind you guys, but I won't be sorry to see the back of him, or the 'will they, won't they'. Guy was an ass.

  • Rocabarra

    On my drive to work this morning, I started replaying the episode in my head and just burst into tears in the car. Will was my favourite character too (out of a cast of amazing characters!) and the relationship with Alicia was what really underscored the whole show for me. But seeing Eli's face when he heard, and then telling Alicia she had to take the call - that was a knife to the gut like no other, and I'm honestly not sure if/when I'll be ready to face the aftermath.

    Will, you magnificent sexy bastard, whatever you've left the show for better be DAMN worth it!

  • Ro

    I completely agree about the Eli moment, such a good callback to The Voicemail showing how much Eli and Alicia's relationship has changed.

  • Blanster

    Thank you for giving voice to my reaction to the show last night. I was SHOCKED and then really bummed. I only watch for the Alicia/Will-they-won't they interplay. And to tease us with Alicia telling Will about the parents calling her (because she still cared about Will) was such a sad counterpoint to the impending disaster. *sobs*

  • kirbyjay

    I'm just glad that Alicia and Will's last moment together was somewhat happy .Imagine if it wasn't.

  • e jerry powell

    Dustin Rowles has another man crush!

    And Josh Charles is definitely crush-worthy. My favorite flavor of Josh Charles actually isn't "Sports Night," it's "In Treatment."

  • Ro

    He is so brilliant in In Treatment.

  • e jerry powell

    But such a total downer of a show, though. For as much as I loved the show, I found it to be an act of masochism to watch all three seasons of it.

  • Ro

    You have greater staying power than me, I didn't make it further than the first few episodes of the second season.

  • e jerry powell

    I wanted to see how the writers approached creating completely new material for the third season (as opposed to merely adapting the existing material), because the original Israeli show stopped after two. Re-casting Josh Charles and Embeth Davidtz with a different, black couple in the second season to facilitate casting a a chubby black kid as their son when he starts counseling with the same therapist post-divorce was one of the more intriguing choices.
    The third season was on the verge of being unpleasant to watch, specifically due to two of Paul's new clients.

  • prince_of_montagu


    The promos said said "shocker!" so I was busy trying to figure out what it was.

    The stages of me during this episode:

    1) "Kalinda is leaving! That's the big surprise. Ah, well. I guess they ran out of things to do with her character."

    *sees Jeffrey itching for a gun"

    2) "whoa, is Kalinda going to get shot? Well, that's a way to go."

    *Kalinda enters courtroom*

    3) Well its her own damn fault for not staying out of there. Of course she's going to get shot."

    *sees Will on the floor*

    4) They're not going to kill off Will. Ugh, what non-drama.

    *sees Will's dead body*

    5) Where are they going with this?

    "Will's dead".


    *sees preview for rest of season*

    7) cuts TV off, leaves apartment at 11:00 at night in 30 degree weather to go for a walk.

  • lamgirls3

    OMG!! NO! NO! NO! Will is my favorite character on the show. Will and Alicia are supposed to end up together. Alicia would not be where she is without Will. I will never watch this show again. I just can't. I wanted to cry and still can't believe it. This is NOT happening. Give Josh Charles some more money and BRING HIM BACK!!!!

  • Iron

    Honestly? Will Gardner was the reason I ditched the show after a gleeful binge through the first 4 seasons. Maybe if I had been paying closer attention I'd be hurting right now, maybe season 5 would have made me like him again, but from where I stand at the end of season 4... good riddance (maybe killing him off was a little extreme but as has been mentioned, its a post GOT world and a tearful hug combined with a one-way ticket to wherever just doesn't cut it anymore.)

  • bleujayone

    BWAAAAAAAA HAHAAHAHAHAAAAHAAAAA..... *Deeply inhales.... HAHHAHAHAAHAHA....(Low throaty laughter graduating into high pitched cackle not unlike Mark Hamill) *Slaps desktop, lists to one side.... hee hee... ha ha.. whooooooooo hoo-hoo. *Cough *Gently exhales.... *Wipes tear of laughter from the corner of eye... *Soft lingering snicker. *Takes long satisfying swig of coffee and goes back to work.

  • heatseeker

    Narratively, I actually think it's an awesome, gutsy, interesting choice that sets up some high-potential storytelling.

    However, it'll take me a few more days of sobbing into this washcloth and replaying the elevator scene over and over to get me to a place where I can look at it intellectually instead of from the bottom of this dark chasm of emotion.

  • Exactly. I don't doubt that they'll use it to tell incredible stories (and to continue to take themselves off of the procedural track that they've only ever been marginally on), but at the same time, right now, I'm just sitting here, mourning Will Gardner.

  • Cree83

    This is the only time I've had trouble sleeping after a television show. I could handle Game of Thrones, and The Wire just fine (well, one kind of tragic thing about The Wire was how the characters themselves all seemed resigned to the fact that they were probably heading for an early death, and so as the viewer, it was kind of easy to become complacent about it as well). But this, man. It was just too abrupt, too much like actual sudden deaths that have occurred in my own life - not in the violence aspect just in a "everything's normal and now suddenly it's not" aspect, and I was deeply, deeply unsettled.

  • heatseeker

    The slow walk Kalinda did to the shoe-on, shoe-off feet behind the curtain was absolutely sickening. You totally knew what she was going to find, and all I was thinking was "please stop walking, Kalinda, please don't go over there." It felt so very real. Something about them anxiously peering into that operating room while he was laying dead behind them literally IN THE SHOT the whole time really messed me up. I was haunted for hours afterward.

  • Dominic

    mentioning Kalinda I would note the foreshadowing they used this episode , with her chracter wanting out , as the best thing about the episode up to the death scenes . Was There A Llittle knock on the medical profession here ? that nobody told Diane and Kalinda and just left him on a bed ? Remember the earlier scene of Kalinda questioning the woman Dr who was too busy and kalinda seeing what a broken leg really looks like. ( compound fracture i think that was .... ) which looking back , all helped to set us up ..... IDon'tCare , really , about this series ; the legalese gets boring . but who can complain about watching Margulies ? she's so good on the small screen ..

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  • kirbyjay

    Wow........I did not see that coming.......I had no idea......I'm just shocked.......damn......
    RIP Will Gardner

  • Paddington
  • anikitty

    It was was well done and awful. I can't believe how strong my feelings are for a tv character. I hope this is the plot that propels Alicia to leave Peter.

  • Dominic

    I believe the actual upshot of this plot device is to bring Alicia back to the fold , so to speak , and partner her with Diane and HER new comtrol of the firm . and cary too which will bring Kalinda back in . Rally the gang around !
    so nobody get upset about this if the guy wanted out . That's what happens when u want off a soap opera ; if they can't work in a long vacation or an illness , u get whacked . if they HADN'T people would be complaining about the lameness of his departure story ..... note to you GoT addicts - a death in a story was " de rigeur " long before that ode-to-barbaric-times show and its last season's ender

  • So it goes.

  • DarthBrookes

    This is George R.R. Martin's fault, somehow.

  • Three_nineteen

    We're blaming Martin instead of Whedon now? Good to know.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I need to jot that down.

  • This is exactly what I thought - haven't seen the show, but embraced the spoiler - is that the average Hollywood writer is now going to subject us to the influence of GoT, and now we can see focal characters whacked for no apparent reason than it happened somewhere else and their job is to recycle everything instead of come up with an original idea.

  • LaineyBobainey

    Awww, honey! I feel your pain! I was GUTTED last night. I was so gutted I almost ruined it for Joanna. SO gutted I actually got on gotdamn TWITTER and twitted to Josh Charles! TWITTER! Ugh. It was awful.

    This is how you know I take my little Clown Dog delivery boy just a little too seriously, I was up until after 2 am, just looking at pictures and trying to undo it in my head.

    I'm working from home today, but I'm going to watch season 1 or 2 of TGW on Amazon Prime while I work. I need to grieve properly.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    I, too, found myself on Twitter after looking around my living room and ruling that the dog wasn't upset enough about this. Someone posted that he came there for the group hug. Exactly.

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  • Slim

    If it hadn't been for g-awful Brangelina naming their kid Knox, I would have lobbied hard for this name for my son, because of sweet Josh Charles in Dead Poets'.

  • ZizoAH

    I'm still processing, I literally screamed constantly when Kalinda and Diane saw him.

    I just... I can't...

    Next week is going to be hard.

  • JoannaRobinson

    But it's not their fault Josh Charles wanted off the show, right?

  • Enrique del Castillo

    Disbar him and send him to Florida or something, to give him a chance to realize he's making a mistake and come back for the final season!
    This is not a comic book where death is cheap, death in a series like this is permanent.

  • Liz

    Yes. And knowing it was his choice, I'm sort of ok with it based on this

  • Naye

    To do WHAT?! Do he and Dan Stevens have a movie in the works?

  • Three_nineteen

    Josh Charles has two movies coming out in 2014. Dan Stevens isn't in either of them, probably because he was filming two movies that came out in 2013 (including the Cumberbatch-starring Julien Assange biopic The Fifth Estate), three movies coming out in 2014, and is currently filming Night at the Museum 3.

  • Naye

    Do you know that because you IMDB'd it or because his star is shining so bright now that he left Downton?

  • Three_nineteen

    I knew about The Fifth Estate and looked up the rest. I don't particularly like Dan Stevens, but I take issue with the premise that since a couple of people haven't heard of his career post-Downton that means his career is over. No one (here in the US) had heard of him pre-Downton either, but he had a pretty decent career, mostly in theatre. He also was in a Broadway play in 2012. Just because we aren't aware of what he's doing doesn't mean he's not busy and happy.

  • Naye

    You can be absolutely busy and happy, and I do believe a lot of stars just want to try new things. It's just that many who leave in the middle a show's run happen to be the best thing about their show and are fan favorites. As a fan, I reserve my right to be bitter about them leaving me. I would kind of like to see if there is any correlation between the success of an actor who stays until the show ends as opposed to leaving in the middle.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Night at the Museum 3 may have invalidated everything that came before.

    Which is saying something, since "Computer voiceover guy for The CW's The Tomorrow People" is pretty damning.

  • Mrs. Julien

    That was a magnificent slam.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Except, would it have been so bad to kill off Ross?

  • Bert_McGurt

    "You want a break, Geller? YOU WANT A F*CKING BREAK?"


    (Sorry, I just figured an explosion is how this was going.)

  • alannaofdoom

    Needs more "PIVOT!!!!!"

  • pajiba

    Actually, no. That would've been acceptable. Will Gardner, though? NOT ACCEPTABLE.

  • kilmo

    Fucking Yahoo News spoiled it for me with a SHOCKING SHOOTING DEATH, ETC headline.

    Plus I went on Twitter which was a mistake, but I DIDN'T KNOW!!!

    so basically, the promos for next week just gutted me.

    Hopefully, Grace isn't around because YOU KNOW she'll make it all about her.

    Though, this does solve the deposition/election rigging issue.

  • baxlala

    THANK YOU I've been waiting for Pajiba to post something about last night's horror so I'd have a place to come and share my grief. I too was hoping for some kind of dream sequence, something timey wimey, ANYTHING, I didn't care how stupid it was, as long as it brought Will back. :(

  • Merski

    It really pissed me off to no end that this spoiler was posted on the show’s
    Facebook page just a few hours later, before I got to see the episode (I
    don’t live in the US). No warning, no spoiler alert, no anything. Like, not all of us live in the same time zone, ok? Give it a goddamn day, would you?! Ruined the whole experience for me. :/

    Will Gardner 4EVA!!

  • baxlala

    I couldn't believe when they posted a goodbye to Josh Charles on their Twitter right after the episode ended. Rude.

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