Good Luck, Good Wife: 13 TV Shows That Survived Killing off Major Characters

Killing off a main character in a television show is a risky move: You’re upending the show’s world (and putting a coworker out of a job) in the hope that the shake-up will lead to something greater down the line. And guess what? Despite the ministrations of fans, who claim that they will never watch their favorite show without [insert character name here], it often works!

Below, 13 shows that did the same thing The Good Wife did Sunday night, and not only survived, but thrived.


Prison Break's Sarah Wayne Callies talks about motherhood

Splashnews_cdsp270407m_001_cbbPrison Break’s Sarah Wayne Callies, 29, who is expecting her first child with husband Josh Winterhalt this summer, talked to FemaleFirst about her pregnancy, how it affects the show and her thoug

Pregnant Sarah Wayne Callies at Prison Break promo

Actress Sarah Wayne Callies, 29, who expects her first child in late summer, poses in Madrid, Spain while promoting Prison Break.


Prison Break's Sarah Wayne Callies Is Pregnant

Sarah Wayne Callies, who plays Dr. Sara Tancredi on FOX’s Prison Break, is expecting her first child with her husband, Josh Winterhalt.

The baby is due in late summer, according to her publicist Jodi Gottlieb. TV Guide first reported the news on Tuesday.

Callies, 29, has primarily been a TV actress during her career, having co-starred on the short-lived TV series Queens Supreme and Tarzan before Prison Break.