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'Good'bye: An Ode to Archie Panjabi's Kalinda Sharma

By Nadia Chaudhury | Lists | October 15, 2014 |

By Nadia Chaudhury | Lists | October 15, 2014 |

It was announced today that Archie Panjabi is departing The Good Wife, where she won an Emmy for playing Kalinda Sharma, for a show of her very own on Fox. So, expect her to get shot in a courtroom by someone from Weeds (Shane? Definitely Shane) any episode now. Here are a few reasons why she’ll be missed.

1. Her mystery
We never really learned Kalinda’s full story, beside that whole crazy ex-husband storyline, which sort of helped explain the Kalinda we know. She’s a mysterious giftwrapped present that should never be unwrapped. The less you know, the better.

2. Her dynamic with Alicia, Cary, and Diane
Now that Will is gone (RIP), Alicia and Cary are the closest people in Kalinda’s life, despite not being on speaking terms with one and sleeping with the other. Yes, she’s annoyed at Alicia and Cary for not asking her to leave with them, which is why she helped Lockhart and Gardner get dirty on the fledgling firm. Yes, she slept with Peter (though I still don’t see how that happened; their chemistry never made sense to me). And yes, Alicia rightfully held that against her. But a weaker form of contempt is still an emotional reaction, and they still care about each other in a weird way. They’re friends on a break now, and there’s hope of some sort of reconciliation (or maybe a blow-up?) before the end of the season. Though you have to wonder why she told Lemond about Alicia running for district attorney…

3. Her Efficiency
She’s a damn good investigator who uses what she has (even people) to get what she needs, which leads to…

4. Her love affairs
She OWNS her sexuality. Men and women alike love Kalinda, and my monocle is still popped over some of her scenes The Good Wife got away with on network television.

5. Those outfits
C’mon, they’re iconic. Next Halloween costume idea?

We’ll miss you Kalinda (though not as much as Will).


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