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Where the 'The Good Wife' Has Been and Where It's Going Now

By Dustin Rowles | TV | March 23, 2015 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | TV | March 23, 2015 |


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For those who voraciously keep up with The Good Wife, Julianna Margulies basically spoiled last night’s election results earlier this month in an interview with Vulture (via Vanity Fair):

I think what you will see — if she wins — I’m speculating. You would see more of a competition between her and her husband, because she’s in his world. I can’t tell you more because I don’t want to ruin it, but it gets really good, and there is that weird competition between the two.

Unfortunately, while it did take some of the steam out of last night’s episode (as did the ridiculous Halo plotline, which saw actors who don’t know how to play video games badly pretend to play video games), it does at least offer a more compelling future for the series. After six seasons and a lot of musical chairs that essentially led everyone back together at a new firm (minus Will), it’s probably time for the series to head into a new direction. Pitting Alicia both against her husband in the political arena, and likely against her old firm in the legal one, should set series on a new course that will take it through the seventh season and, ultimately I think, a showdown between Alicia and Peter for Governor that will finally sever their relationship once and for all.

In the short term, there are other matters to contend with, chief among them Kalinda’s exit. Kalinda hasn’t shared a scene (besides phone calls) with Alicia in two seasons now, which continues to fuel speculation that Archie Panjabi and Julianna Margulies don’t care for each other personally. Given the fact that Panjabi has basically been relegated to sharing scenes almost exclusively with Lemond Bishop, it’s practically guaranteed that her relationship with Bishop will dictate her exit. Bishop could kill her off, but I’m secretly hopeful that a “retired” Bishop with no power is murdered by a rival and that Kalinda escapes with Bishop’s kid to a country with no extradition treaty with the United States, where she becomes Algeria’s Kalinda Bourne.

Meanwhile, we can kiss the Johnny-and-Alicia ship goodbye, as Johnny is heading to Los Angeles (and Bloodline on Netflix), leaving Finn as Alicia’s most likely romantic interest. That, however, will be put on hold for at least a while, as Finn has admitted to a relationship with an as-yet-unknown woman. Spoiler alert: Lily Rabe’s Petra Moritz — who, as moderator, flirted with Peter during his Gubernatorial debate with Maura Tierney’s character — is set to return in two episodes.

Meanwhile, what will become of Florrick Agos with Florrick? Without Kalinda? Where’s the other investigator, Jess Wexler’s Robyn Burdine character? She hasn’t been seen in 2015. Will someone replace Alicia (please let it be Elsbeth Tascioni). Will Eli’s daughter (Sarah Steele) continue to have a role on the show, because she’s amazing. Is Zach Florrick the new Chris Brody?

More importantly, is that the last we’ve seen of Frank Prady, because he deserved to win that election, and it was so nice to see David Hyde Pierce on television again, and in a perfect role for him.


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