updated 03/24/2014 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/24/2014 AT 11:25 AM ET
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
Everyone at home was probably crying too as Kalinda called Alicia Florrick, Will Gardner’s former law-firm partner and lover, to inform her that Will had been killed – dead in a courtroom shooting after a client lost his mind and grabbed a guard’s gun.
In Good Wife terms, this is the equivalent of the end of the world.
It means, at the very least, that the high-powered but often unstable Chicago law firm of Lockhart/Gardner, which this season has been competing with Alicia’s fledgling firm, will now be reduced formally or merely implicitly to “Lockhart.”
Just hearing the firm’s name reduced to two syllables from an august four can make a fan tear up.
The greater significance is that the always-problematic romance between Alicia, who happens to be married to the Governor of Illinois, and Will, a bachelor who had no trouble swinging from one girlfriend to another, is gone forever.