Fall TV Preview

The Good Wife Declares 'Civil War' in Season 5, Welcomes Back America Ferrera and Gary Cole

The Art of WarThe Good Wife‘s upcoming fifth season will be “more about our team” and “not the guest stars coming in,” exec producer Robert King told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, adding that Alicia and Cary’s impending exodus will spark a “civil war” between their new firm and Lockhart Gardner.

The new season will pick up pretty much where last May’s finale left off, with Alicia agreeing to follow Cary out the door. But the pair won’t immediately make their intentions known to their bosses. “We want to get the audience wet with this difficulty of betraying your firm,” revealed King. “What we want is the quiet before the s–tstorm.”

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Other highlights from the panel, which also featured fellow EP Michelle King and star Julianna Margulies:

GUEST STAR UPDATE | America Ferrera and Gary Cole will be back for arcs in Season 5, joining previously reported returnee Carrie Preston.

THE MOTIVE | Margulies theorized that Alicia is “leaving the law firm because she knows if she stays there, in her peripheral vision will always be Will… In her heart of hearts, she thinks [leaving is] the smart move.”

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FINALE POST MORTEM | For her part, Margulies was relieved that it was Cary — and not Will — who showed up at Alicia’s door in the finale. “I would not have been happy if it was Will,” she admits, candidly. “[Reading the script], my heart sank. I thought, ‘Oh God, I hope we’re not becoming that soap opera, that constant love triangle.'”

NICK FALLOUT | King is unsure if we’ll ever find out what happened to Kalinda’s ex Nick. “It might be like the Russian assassin in Sopranos. It might be one of those people still out there in the woods.”