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Good Luck, Good Wife: 13 TV Shows That Survived Killing off Major Characters | The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife (Season 4), The Good Wife

Good Luck, Good Wife: 13 TV Shows That Survived Killing off Major Characters

Originally posted 03/24/2014 12:00PM

Killing off a main character in a television show is a risky move: You're upending the show's world (and putting a coworker out of a job) in the hope that the shake-up will lead to something greater down the line. And guess what? Despite the ministrations of fans, who claim that they will never watch their favorite show without [insert character name here], it often works!

Below, 13 shows that did the same thing The Good Wife did Sunday night, and not only survived, but thrived.

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About That Good Wife Twist … | The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife (Season 4), The Good Wife

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The Good Wife's Shocking Twist: PEOPLE's TV Critic Reacts

Originally posted 03/24/2014 11:25AM

The Good Wife now has its own "Red Wedding."

Sunday's episode ended with a violent twist that can be described as either a classic OMG moment or a classic game changer, although to anyone who has followed CBS's great legal drama through its five seasons this was also a heartbreaker.

The wallop can best be appreciated by saying that investigator Kalinda Sharma let her mask of absolute control slip and completely fall: In a hospital emergency room, she began to sob.

WARNING: SPOILER AHEAD …

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The Good Wife Did What? Fans and Stars React to Shocking TV Death | The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife (Season 4), The Good Wife, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Julianna Margulies

The Good Wife Did What? Fans and Stars React to Shocking TV Death

Originally posted 03/24/2014 11:05AM

SPOILER ALERT: The text below reveals major plot points to the Sunday, March 23, episode of The Good Wife

Viewers of The Good Wife were gobsmacked by the sudden, unexpected death of its dashing attorney, Will Gardner, on Sunday's episode of the CBS legal drama.

Gardner, a prominent character portrayed by Josh Charles since the series' debut five seasons ago, was gunned down in a Chicago courtroom by his unhinged client. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward.

Once the episode had aired, Twitter lit up with astonished, sorrowful and even irate posts.

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The Good Wife Bombshell: Creators Explain Why It Had to Happen

The Good Wife Bombshell: Creators Explain Why It Had to Happen

Originally posted 03/24/2014 08:00AM

Are any of your coworkers sobbing quietly at their desks?

If they're fans of The Good Wife, they have good reason: The CBS legal drama hit viewers with a sudden and saddening twist Sunday night as one of its most fundamental characters was killed off from the show.

Read on for spoilers.

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It's a Boy for The Good Wife's Melissa George | Melissa George

It's a Boy for The Good Wife's Melissa George

Originally posted 02/10/2014 04:30PM

"There are no words to describe the love," the actress says of newborn son Rafaël, born Thursday in Paris

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PHOTOS: Julianna Margulies Shows Off Her Gorgeous New York Apartment

Julianna Margulies Shows Off Her Gorgeous New York Apartment

Originally posted 01/09/2014 10:00AM

Good wife, great apartment!

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Downton Abbey Returns, The People's Choice Awards and More Can't-Miss Entertainment

Downton Abbey Returns, The People's Choice Awards and More Can't-Miss Entertainment

Originally posted 01/03/2014 12:00PM

See it, hear it, read it! Your go-to guide for what's hot in entertainment this week

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Julianna Margulies & The Good Wife Team Raise $77,185 to Help Sandy Victims

Julianna Margulies and Costars Raise More than $75,000 for Sandy Victims

Originally posted 10/28/2013 04:45PM

Just call it The Do-Good Wife.

Julianna Margulies and the cast and crew of The Good Wife teamed up with St. Bernard Project – a non-profit organization that helps disaster victims repair the extreme damage to their homes – donated $77,185 to the charity and rolled up their sleeves to do some hands–on work.

"All of us on the east coast remember that terrible day and the aftermath of its devastation," said Margulies, 47, standing with costars Chris Noth and Josh Charles outside of Sandy victim Margaret McNulty's home in Rockaway Park, N.Y., on Saturday. "One year later communities are still suffering."

McNulty's home, with the entire basement and first floor destroyed by Sandy flood waters, was just one of 6 homes the cast helped fix up that afternoon.

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Carrie Preston Wins an Emmy, But Loses a Snack

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Carrie Preston Wins an Emmy, But Loses a Snack

Originally posted 09/16/2013 03:00PM

Carrie Preston, who won at Sunday's Creative Arts Emmy Awards for her role on The Good Wife, didn't even know she was nominated until her best friend texted her.

"[She] sends me a photo of herself weeping, so I thought, 'Let me give her a call and see what this is about,' " Preston, 46, told PEOPLE in a video interview. "She was like, 'You got nominated!' "

By the time the True Blood star's publicist called to confirm the good news, the excitement had begun to kick in.

"I was saying, 'Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God' in the streets of New York, which probably made me just look like any other crazy person walking around the city."

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The Good Wife's Josh Charles Weds

Josh Charles Marries Sophie Flack

Originally posted 09/08/2013 03:00PM

Looks like Josh Charles has found himself a good wife.

The actor married his longtime girlfriend Sophie Flack on Friday in New York City, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

A former dancer with the New York City Ballet, Flack, 30, is the author of Bunheads.

Charles, 41, stars as lawyer Will Gardner on The Good Wife.

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