Oddly using the Super Bowl to make the announcement, CBS revealed last night that The Good Wife will be ending its run this year. There are nine episodes left in the series, and apparently, next week’s episode will see the biggest Good Wife twist, so far.
What will that twist be? We’re not sure, but here’s what it should be. The series should jump ahead two years (because this is not an election year for Peter Florrick) and it should see Alicia announcing her candidacy for Governor against her now ex-husband.
From The Good Wife to The Go Fuck Yourself Wife. It’s how it has to be.
Why? Because Eli said himself, after Peter lost in his Presidential bid, that Alicia was the biggest reason to vote for Peter. Standing beside Peter — even after his affairs, his prostitution scandal, and his bit in prison — is why Peter was elected State’s Attorney, and why he was elected Governor. She allowed herself to be a political pawn for a husband with whom she has no affection. She’s basically been used for seven years? Why? For the kids? To further her own ambition through her marriage to a powerful politician?
I don’t know, honestly. The only reason to keep Alicia and Peter together as long as the show has is because it’s called The Good Wife and because Chris Noth needs the occasional paycheck. Otherwise, it makes no sense, unless it’s all been building toward the moment that we’ve been waiting for so long that we actually forgot we were waiting for it: That day Alicia finally tells Peter to take a hike, and to really twist the knife, tells him that she’s running against him for Governor.
There are only nine episodes left, so in order to pull it off, there’ll have to be some narrative shortcuts, but the series often works best when it’s in the midst of a campaign. This is how Eli makes it up to Alicia for deleting Will’s voice mail. He runs her campaign. Eli’s daughter can also work on the campaign, along with Alicia’s daughter. If they want to bring back Margo Martindale, that’s OK, too. And when Alicia wins the Governor’s seat, she finally appoints Diane Lockhart to the state Supreme Court, and Cary Agos becomes the lead partner in a firm with Lucca Quinn, Michael J. Fox’s character, and Jason Crouse.
Also, Howard Lyman dies a hilariously tragic death.