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The Good Wife Mourns Bombshell Death: Our Critic's Take | 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

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The Good Wife Mourns Bombshell Death: Our Critic's Take

Originally posted 03/30/2014 06:30PM

The Good Wife is now a de facto widow. It's hard to imagine a lonelier, sadder lot than hers.

That's what we experience and learn on Sunday's episode (9 p.m. ET/PT) of the CBS legal drama, an established classic that a week ago, after five seasons, suddenly became the sort of show that sends shock waves up and down the Twitter ladder. Lawyer Will Gardner (Josh Charles) was killed in a courtroom shoot-out in one of the most jolting twists ever – a jaw-dropper in an age when shocking twists are becoming routine as meals.

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Julianna Margulies: 'I Was So Sad' About Good Wife Shocker

Originally posted 03/25/2014 04:00PM



Get those hankies handy.

The promo for Sunday's episode of The Good Wife looks to be a long tearful goodbye to Will Gardner.

Julianna Margulies's Alicia gets the shocking news in a phone call that Josh Charles's character is dead, followed by gut-wrenching scenes, including Alicia saying, "I loved him."

Margulies, meanwhile, is commiserating with frazzled fans still reeling from the loss of Gardner.

The Emmy-winning actress confirmed she's known for a year about the actor's dramatic departure on Sunday night's shocking episode – and she's as sad about his exit as any loyal viewer.

"Every single day I will miss him," she wrote in a Facebook chat Monday. "He is my friend and I love working with him."

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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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Julianna Margulies's Home Flooded After Appearing in Architectural Digest

Julianna Margulies's Apartment Flooded After Appearing in Architectural Digest

Originally posted 01/14/2014 02:30PM

In the pages of Architectural Digest, Julianna Margulies's Manhattan apartment is a bright, airy stunner of a home. In reality, it's a sopping wet mess.

The Emmy-winning star of The Good Wife tells Ellen DeGeneres that her gorgeous home, designed by Vicente Wolf, met an unfortunate fate while she and her family were on vacation during the holidays.

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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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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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Julianna Margulies: Does She Consider Huma Abedin a Good Wife?

Julianna Margulies: Does She Consider Huma Abedin a Good Wife?

Originally posted 07/30/2013 07:30PM

If anyone's been following the sex scandals of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer, it's Julianna Margulies.

The Emmy-winning actress's CBS show The Good Wife "ripped its title from the headlines when Silda Spitzer was standing right behind her husband" during the prostitution scandal, Margulies told PEOPLE on Tuesday.

With her character "loosely based" on Silda and other political wives who have stood by their husbands, Margulies says, "The headlines are now imitating us because both of these politicians – Spitzer and Weiner – have gotten back into the game of politics. And now newspapers are saying, 'Huma, take some advice from Alicia Florrick. Go back to work, don't read the papers.' "

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Julianna Margulies Is Glad She Waited to Marry | Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies Is Glad She Waited to Marry

Originally posted 04/09/2013 08:00PM

Julianna Margulies waited 41 years to become a real-life good wife – and she’s savoring every minute of it.

"I feel very grateful that I had the courage to say no when I did and say yes when I could, that I waited to find the right mate and to have this little family," Margulies, now 46, tells Good Housekeeping in its May cover story. "There's something about this time in my life where I feel like it's never going to get better."

Margulies, who plays attorney Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife, married real-life lawyer Keith Lieberthal in 2007 while pregnant with their son Kieran, who was born two months later.

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