Video: Good Wife EPs Say Goodbye to Will Gardner, Not Josh Charles

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Parting ways is hard to do, but luckily for The Good Wife, killing off Will Gardner did not mean bidding adieu to his portrayer.

In the following exclusive clip from the CBS drama’s Season 5 DVD release (in stores Tuesday), co-creator Michelle King reveals that the actor —  who directed an episode of the show after his departure (and is set to helm another installment in Season 6) — will remain a part of their world.

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“The good news is we don’t have to lose Josh Charles, personally,” she says. “Will Gardner leaves, but Josh Charles does not.”

Co-creator Robert King echoes the sentiment in the “Requiem for a Friend” special feature, joking that the husband and wife duo are “going to adopt him. He’s going to become our second child.”

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As for Charles, “what I’ll take most from this experience are the relationships,” he shares, praising the “family-like quality” of television production.

Press PLAY to watch the video, then pick up the DVD because it also includes the three-part documentary “Civil War: Inside Episode 515,” about that other shocking hour.

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  1. Tran says:

    RIP Will Gardner

  2. I’m just tickled pink for them, but both Will Gardner and Josh Charles have left our world as far as The Good Wife is concerned. Are we supposed to be excited they still get to see him? lol

  3. TV Gord says:

    While I appreciate the producers doing damage control by having Josh come out and say we should still support the show, it doesn’t work on me at all.

    The Good Wife was a great show right from the start. It was great, in part, because of Josh, but it will be a great show even though Will is dead. In fact, his death breathed some new life into an already great show. I’m sad that Will is gone, but it’s still a great show, and I will be with it as long as that continues.

    Knowing that Josh is still involved in the series by directing episodes? That makes me happy, too. I am in favor of everyone who cares about this series to stay involved. It’s the one thing that I look forward to every Sunday.

    Maybe I have been conditioned to like change because my all-time favorite drama is St. Elsewhere. They routinely killed off regular cast members, but the show never waned, in my opinion. The Good Wife is the same. People die in real life all the time. When it happens on one of “my shows”, it just reflects life.

    Personally, yes, I am happy that Josh’s former cast members get to see him. I look forward to his next episode from behind the camera.

    • meresger says:

      Agreed. Let’s just hope when The Good Wife ends, it isn’t all in the head of an autistic child. That ranks up there with Dexter in worst all time series finales.

  4. Liz. B. says:

    This show is the hardest show I’ve ever decided to stop watching. Because: it’s just magnificent in so many ways. And the reason I made that decision is because of Will being killed off. I understand, and respect, the Kings’ reasons for doing so, but it just ruined most of the things I loved best about the show-that, until that point, I’d never thought about. But I’ve actually thought about it several times this summer: I felt better leaving after that episode and it feels almost like it never happened. On the other hand, the characters, the actors, the production quality, the moral questions and intelligence and…just, the gifted (is really the most apt word) writing in this show makes me sad to leave it. Josh Charles made a decision and so did the Kings and I really still like and respect them tremendously. But it just truly ruined it for me.
    That said, I admire the Kings so much, that when they eventually move on from TGW, I plan to,try their future endeavors. I also think that the season (up to that point-I can’t judge what came after, as I didn’t see it) and Josh Charles should have received and Emmy. I was talking to someone just yesterday about how the scene where he hit that desk, or when he made the decision tree and had the memory pops he had and the stricken look on his face-some of THE best acting I’ve seen period. It’s a shame to see the same-old, same-old win when this fantastic show and actor (also, Baranski can be added to this too) were just phenomenal.