Wednesday, March 26, 2014

the good wife & the BLOW OFF

If you have not watched last Sunday's episode of The Good Wife and if you live under a rock, then don't read this because there are major spoilers.

Lately, killing pivotal characters on a TV show is a major trend.  It started with Game of Thrones-- but even then, if you'd read the books-- you saw those deaths coming.  Breaking Bad set a precedent early on that none of their characters were safe.  House of Cards followed suit.  Same goes for Mad Men.

But NOT The Good Wife.  It's not nearly as dark and edgy as all of those gritty cable dramas.
It makes you feel safe in its consistency.  You know what you're going to get when you tune in.  But on Sunday something horrible happened.

They killed Will Gardner.  Yes, the Will Gardner I've blogged about here and here.  And no one saw it coming. These days when an actor decides not to renew their contract it's immediately reported in the trades, so we all know an exit story is inevitable.  Somehow, it never got out that Josh Charles who plays Gardner decided to cut bait after four seasons on the show.  Instead of renewing his contract, he agreed to do a truncated fifth season.  And so the writers decided to kill him off.

I rarely watch a show live or even on the same night it airs.  Sunday nights are reserved for shows the H Bomb and I watch together, but when I caught a glimpse of an article that mentioned the "bombshell" episode of The Good Wife, I decided I couldn't afford to wait a day to watch it. Too many internet spoilers these days.  The H-Bomb retired to the bedroom until about forty-five minutes later when he heard me screaming "NO.  NO. NO." Over and over again. 

Why was it such a shock?  It's not just because Josh Charles has been the dependable, smoldering, eye candy on the show and that every time I see him on screen I am instantly transported back to watching Dead Poets Society, it's because the unrequited love story between Will and Alicia has been the central storyline of the show since it started.  Killing Will is the equivalent of killing Angela Bower in the fifth season of Who's the Boss? before her and Tony finally get together.

Robert and Michelle King, the husband and wife couple behind the series, eloquently described why they needed to kill Will off once the actor chose to depart the show.  Warning: this will trigger any feelings you may have about the one that got away...

"To us, there always was a tragedy at the center of Will and Alicia’s relationship: the tragedy of bad timing."

OMG, you guys. You could have bad timing with someone and then they can DIE and then you'll never get another chance with them again.  WTF.  That's such a depressing thought.

"We could 'send him off to Seattle,' he could be disbarred, or get married, or go off to Borneo to do good works. But there was something in the passion that Will and Alicia shared that made distance a meager hurdle."

Ugh.  I can't take it!  Will and Alicia's love was so strong that even a long distance relationship wouldn't have been an obstacle.  

"Finally, we chose the tragic route for Will’s send-off for personal reasons. We’ve all experienced the sudden death of a loved one in our lives. It’s terrifying how a perfectly normal and sunny day can suddenly explode with tragedy. Television, in our opinion, doesn’t deal with this enough: the irredeemability of death. Your last time with the loved one will always remain your last time." 

WAAAAAAA!  I hate guns! I need to call everyone I know and tell them I love them!  I'm going to start using the word "irredeemability" in everyday conversation!

I guess there's something tragic but also poetic in the fact that Will was shot and killed in a courtroom.  He died doing what he loved.  But I find little comfort in that.  I'm mad that we barely got to see Will and Alicia happy together.  The relationship they had on the show was so brief, I hardly even remember it.  TV writers tend to get bored with happy couples faster than viewers do and break them up too quickly.  They could have gotten a lot more mileage out of a Will & Alicia romance.  I mean, could you imagine Will sitting down for a family dinner with Zach and Grace?

I know the show will give us at least three amazing episodes of TV with the fall out of Will's death.  What's even more interesting is that his death is the best thing that could have happened to Peter Florrick's political career (the FEDS can't bring him down without Will's testimony.)  Hopefully, we'll also get to see Alicia emote for once. BUT then what?  I fear it'll never be as good again without Will around.

That said, I heart Josh Charles and I hope he goes on to do bigger and better things, but I'll always be sad he broke up with us.... 

P.S. who's going to tell Will's annoying blond yoga girlfriend that he's dead?

1 comment:

  1. i don't know if i'm really ready to talk about it

    i mean they're right, i know they're right

    i loved their love

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