This “Desperate Housewives” trial has truly been a wonder to behold. Nicollette Sheridan, who was axed from the show in Season 5, then filed charges against showrunner Marc Cherry for assault and battery, gender violence, wrongful termination, and emotional distress. The case has finally gone to trial and has included such gems as Sheridan calling co-star Teri Hatcher the “meanest woman in the world.”
Now, the trial has gone so far as to reveal a major spoiler from the show.
If you don’t want to know, now would be a really good time to stop reading.
This is your last warning.
James Denton‘s character, Mike Delfino, will bite the bullet in this Sunday’s episode, which begins with a warning that one of five major characters will get killed off. Mike’s ties to the mob catch up with him in the episode, and he dies a violent, bloody death — on the porch, where we first saw him in the pilot. Aww.
With the trial leaking the information early, the press has had to scramble to get their exit interviews with Denton posted several days early. EW reveals that the last moments between Mike and Susan are amongst Denton’s favorite scenes. “I told Marc, ‘I wish you’d give me scenes like this for the last five
years,'” he says.
Fans can expect to see plenty of flashbacks to scenes from the pilot onward — and even some scenes we haven’t yet seen. Denton reveals that after filming the death, he returned, later, to shoot flashback scenes and funeral scenes for the following episode.
While it may be a disappointment to fans who won’t see Mike alive in the final six episodes of the season, Denton saw it as a blessing. “Just that I think it’s really funny because through all the interviews,
all the talk shows, people would ask what I wanted on the show. I’d say: ‘I just want to live. Just don’t kill me. Whatever it takes, just don’t
kill me.’ And I made it with six episodes to go — I almost made it.
Delfino gets this really big exit, and I’m free for pilot season. It’s
ironic. It ends up it’s the best gift I could have gotten.”
He says that he’s the only “Desperate Housewives” cast member who was actually available to go out for pilots this season, as the rest of his co-stars are still working on the show as it comes time to shoot new series.
Sheridan is sure to be a little bummed about the news leaking — particularly given Denton’s kind words about Cherry. “God bless Marc,” Denton said, remembering the day Cherry told him about the death. “He wants so badly not to hurt anybody’s
feelings. He didn’t want me to be unhappy about it, so he was breaking
it to me gently. The whole time I’m biting the inside of my cheek
because I was trying not to crack up because it’s fantastic for me. We’re almost through, anyway.”