'Good Wife' leaves viewers shocked, bereaved

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 and mournful posts.

One viewer called for a group hug, while another issued a plea for a counselor to treat jolted fans. Other viewers vowed never to watch the show again.

Gardner was a rival lawyer and former lover of the character played by series star Julianna Margulies.

His death and Charles' decision to exit the show had been well-guarded secrets.

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.