Before I continue, I’d like to say that spoilers are ahead, and if you have yet to discover the shocking news I’m about to reveal, STOP READING. Here goes: Will Gardner is dead. His client went on a shooting rampage which solidified Josh Charles’ exit from the show. And before you blame the writers for such a startling story-line, it’s now become clear that wasn’t their decision. Josh Charles somehow negotiated a four year contract when he entered the series. While most contracts in the business are 6 years, they made an exception for Charles, presumably because they were desperate for him to sign on the dotted line. I also assume Charles made that initial negotiating request because he considers himself a film actor and didn’t want to be tied down to a television series for an extensive part of his acting prime. Plus, he’s newly married. And that’s a whole nother’ bowl of bananas. According to Charles himself, “Creatively, [he] was just ready to move on to the next chapter.”
It’s unclear where the show will go from here, but it’s certainly a bold choice that’s sure to shakeup a solid series. Though I’m angry with Charles for leaving, and the powers-that-be for okaying this contract, I’ll bite my tongue and hope for the best. That being said, I’m taking a break from television for a bit. I’m exhausted.