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'The Good Wife's' Josh Charles talks about his (shocking) exit

File- This Feb. 2, 2013, file photo shows

File- This Feb. 2, 2013, file photo shows actor Josh Charles at the 2nd Annual NFL Honors in New Orleans. 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 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. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Credit: AP

In a reasonably huge show departure -- for want of a  better phrase at the moment -- Will Gardner was gunned down, and killed in a courtroom scene that no one saw coming, with of course the exception of the actor who played him, Josh Charles.

Charles, an excellent actor who has other professional aspirations beyond a hit show, explains in the clip released last night by CBS that he had signed on only for a portion of this season, while Robert and Michelle King, the showrunners, explain that they wanted this exit to be one of those game-changers that put all remaining protagonists in uncertain emotional terrain going forward.

And now, let the fans debate whether the death of Charles' core character was out of -- excuse the pun -- character for a series more dependent upon the conventions of prime-time legal dramas than upon the conventions of (to pull just one show out of the hat) "NCIS: LA." 

Here's the clip and for another clip that may offer bit of foreshadowing, the one that follows explains the ongoing tension between Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Will.

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