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Monday, March 24, 2014

When Characters Die

Just an FYI- Spoiler Alert- if you are a Good Wife fan, and haven't seen last night's show, stop here, but do come back.

Nobody likes death to creep into their lives, and evidently (I'm not the only one) as the shocking and brutal death of

Attorney Will Gardner aka Josh Charles abruptly broke all sound barriers and was the next viral gone wild twitter feed since, Ellen DeGenderes' selfie at the Oscars.

I was one of the gazillion folks shell shocked, and I'm a recent fan.  Friends of mine have pushed the show, "Really, you've never watched The Good Wife?!

Honestly, In the beginning, the whole hubby cheats goes to prison and wife finds new love twist, soap opera (plus a bit too much political stuff) was a show that (in my opinion) wasn't interesting until it aired the separation of the law firm.  Juicy good.  Can't miss an episode worthy.

Who doesn't love a good fight?

BUT! There's more to this post.

I understand that even though an actor is shooting high-up the ranks on popularity, and his four year contract is up for renewal, why doesn't he jump ship and run off and begin again elsewhere?

My question, is what in the world were the WRITER'S thinking?

Hello, we're the ones out here making or breaking your viewing ratings, remember us?

They must realize that people, have an extremely hard time excepting real life death and drama, and then having to experience it on television, naturally this spoils our Sunday evening with a "Shooting and death at the courthouse tonight!"

Which is it ice, or blood running through their veins?

I've read articles today with the scene of Will/Josh dead and a bloody mess all by himself on a stark white emergency room bed, with one shoe on and one shoe off.  Really?


Josh Explains here.

Personally, and as one (more recent viewer) never believed it would be possible.

Here's how my conversation with hubby went as the shooting began.

Me:  No way is he going to be dead.  He's like Batman.  Nobody kills off Batman.

Hubby:  Oh I think he's dead!

Me: Darn commercial breaks.

No more explanation as it came down after that, except to say, even our animals got a bit excited/nervous as I carried on! Yikes. 

Even worse yet, arriving at the emergency room, those writers gave us a brief moment of maybe he's going to make it, before the final boom.  

I'm thinking death of any character, especially one that viewers have bonded with, (not saying the one brief episode with John or Jane Doe that pop up in a show) like Criminal Minds or C.S.I Las Vegas (they carry out the story) but a character that we relate to, have followed, laughed with, possibly loved and or hated, episode after episode.....


I'm just saying.

What do you think?

Josh Charles on twitter, just him and his shadow.


Jenny Woolf said...

Whoa! writers have to be so careful about death of a character. Some viewers really, truly believe in them. It's not just spoiling the story for them....

Karen S. said...

Jenny- Absolutely. I just wonder what buzz is going on in their office right now, and what viewers will or rather won't tune in next Sunday night!

Cloudia said...

Is it a dream?


Karen S. said...

Cloudia, That would be nice, but probably not what they/Josh, writers/CBS planned. As I see they have Michael J. Fox coming on board in future episodes, showing him saying, I'm the new Will Gardner. But who knows what the power of viewers can do! Josh will appear on the Letterman show tonight with details.

JJ said...

Shades of Ziva on NCIS. I have not seen the show, but I hate when they do that.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I just this minute finished watching it on Primetime On Demand and, boy, I wasn't prepared for that!!! Apparently Josh Charles decided it was just his time to leave the show to pursue other things. I'm not too sure about Michael J. Fox "replacing" Will Gardner but then, his show apparently didn't make the cut.... We shall see!
Thanks for your visit and nice comments over at my other blog (Magnolia's Attic).

Karen S. said...

Sarah- Hi thanks for your comment. I don't think anyone will be able to replace Will in the same fashion, but he may be a welcome change for the show, just not sure if doing it so soon will work out.

Iftekhar Ahmed said...

Glad to read your post :). It is very informative!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Arlynda and I were also quite shocked. We had saved all three episodes to what was being advertised as a three-parter so that we could watch them all in a row at one setting, but before we cold actually watch them, I saw a headline about them killing off one of the main characters. I was good boy and did not read the details, but this left us in breathless anticipation of them killing off Diane (Christine Baranski) with probably a heart attack. WILL? WHY DID THEY DO THAT?