03:22 PM EDT 07/10/2016
Sarah Wayne Callies
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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