‘The Good Wife’ Spoilers: Does Will Gardner Return? Josh Charles Set To Appear In Final Episode

Fans of The Good Wife were shocked by the violent and unexpected death of Will Gardner in Season 5. Josh Charles played Alicia Florrick’s law school friend who was, perhaps, the great love of her life. When he was shot in a courtroom, it marked the departure of one of the series’ leading characters. Now, as The Good Wife enters its final four episodes, TV Line is reporting Gardner may come back — at least in a series of newly shot flashbacks.

CBS did not confirm the news, but the show’s official Twitter account seemed to hint that the theme of Alicia’s struggle between Will and her husband would make another appearance. The tweet promoted Season 2 of the show, but referenced things coming “full circle,” with a picture of Josh Charles, Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth in character.

Charles has also remained mum on whether he’ll be coming back. The actor returned behind the scenes to direct an episode of The Good Wife the year after his character was killed off. When the show’s cancellation was confirmed in February, he tweeted congratulations to the cast.

Christine Baranski, who has played Diane Lockhart since the beginning, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about wrapping the show that has brought critical acclaim for seven seasons. She revealed she loved her character’s intellect but also her struggles with political ideology.

“I also just loved her liberal sensibility and how she faced legal arguments and how she personalized a lot of it and tried to keep her own ethical system in tact. Then you saw her having to compromise it at times, but I loved that struggle. I loved watching a woman deal with her sense of morality.”

She gave THR a heads up that Gary Cole, who plays Diane’s conservative, Sarah Palin-loving ballistics expert husband Kurt McVeigh, will be back on the show. The Inquisitr reported that Cole’s storyline will have him play opposite Smash star Megan Hilty as a rival business owner.

'The Good Wife' Christine Baranski
The final episodes of 'The Good Wife' will feature Gary Cole as the husband of Christine Baranski's character Diane Lockhart. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Baranski revealed that the last scene she shot was a short sequence with Margulies and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Although she was unable to give hints as to how the show wraps up, she told THR that the ending is true to the modus operandi of show producers Robert and Michelle King.

“I will say this: When I read it, I thought, ‘I get it. This is so what the Kings do.’ The Kings always had the ability to write something very complicated and ultimately surprising, and so I just thought, ‘I get it.'”

As final scenes went in the can, show stars and noted guest actors took to social media to say goodbye. E! Online did a roundup of Facebook posts and Instagram snaps featuring Margulies, Morgan, Cush Jumbo, Matthew Morrison and Alan Cumming.

E! Online revealed that Sunday night’s episode, the first of the show’s final four installments, finds Peter Florrick under arrest — again. In a preview clip, Alicia appears to come to her husband’s defense. It’s an enticing tidbit since the last viewers saw of the Florricks, Alicia was asking Peter for a divorce and he was asking her to stand by him one last time.

The Good Wife airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on CBS. The series finale airs May 8.

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