The Good Wife Season 5 Finale: EPs Talk Alicia's 'Most Cynical Move Ever,' 'Uncomfortable' Kalinda-Cary Sex and a 'Younger,' Riskier Diane

The Deep WebTo say that The Good Wife‘s Season 5 finale was a veritable tornado of unexpected character collisions, eyebrow-raising power plays and delectable question marks would be an understatement.

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Alicia and Cary discovered (via an accidental video-conference glitch) that Lockhart-Gardner was attempting to steal their biggest client (Chum-Hum) and put their fledgling firm out of business. Diane learned Louis Canning would exercise a nuclear option to dissolve Lockhart-Gardner if he didn’t wrestle away the managing-partner role. Cary went behind Alicia’s back and told Canning of Diane’s hopes for a merger with Florrick-Agos — a last-ditch effort to quash a decision that he didn’t have enough votes to veto. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough drama, Cary tried and failed to exert sexual power over Kalinda in an upsetting bedroom scene that occurred after her saw his lover/former coworker (via that teleconference) telling her bosses she’d use her relationship with him to extract needed intel.

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Finally, after Finn Polmar exited the State’s Attorney race due to a family scandal, and Diane turned down Peter’s offer to back her candidacy if she ran, Eli closed the hour asking Alicia if she’d be the candidate of choice for the Governor (aka her estranged hubby).

Below, series creators Robert and Michelle King discuss the most polarizing and eye-popping moments of the Season 5 finale — including the “issue that raised more arguments than any issue” in the writers’ room all year.

TVLINE | The Season 5 finale had so many different character pairings through the course of the hour that it was almost head-spinning. Was that a goal of yours, to mix up the dynamic of characters in unexpected ways?
Robert King: Oh yeah. One of the things we said in the writers’ room — because sometimes what you’re struggling for is not even the specifics of the story, it’s for a tone — was that we wanted a tone of people running around in our two law firms. From that [sprang the idea that] characters that we usually don’t see together should be bumping into one another. So, Ben Rappaports’s character, Carey Zepps, would be struggling with Nathan Lane’s character, Clarke Hayden. And one of the things we wanted to avoid was having the [Season 5 finale] seem like it was memorializing the year, “Oh, here. Let’s look back over the times we had together.” It really needed to be forward-looking.

TVLINE | There weren’t any shocking cliffhangers, and yet the hour ended with a sense of flux: We ultimately have no idea how things will shake out for the core characters.
Robert King: One of the things we enjoy with the show is when it feels like you’re watching a juggler adding new balls to those being juggled, and you’re waiting for everything to fall to the ground. That’s what we thought would be fun for the last episode, that kind of panicky feel that you get when it feels like too many things are happening.
Michelle King: And we very much like the idea of suggesting that there are a lot of possibilities for Season 6.

TVLINE | Jumping to the final scene of the episode: Eli verbalizing out of left field the idea of Alicia running for State’s Attorney. I know you guys don’t ever bring up anything by accident. So, is that something Alicia is going to seriously consider?
Robert King: Oh, not immediately. She thinks that’s the stupidest idea she’s ever heard. But we ended Season 4 with Alicia saying, “I’m in,” meaning that she was going off with Cary [to start her own firm], and then starting [Season 5] not right where that immediately happens. So [in Season 6], there are going to be events that push Alicia to consider this idea [of running for office] more seriously.

TVLINE | The other big potential career move was Diane approaching Florrick-Agos about bringing her on — as opposed to Florrick-Agos merging with Lockhart-Gardner. Is Diane definitely jumping ship? And how would someone like her fit into this scrappy place that doesn’t even have doors on the offices, where she’s the last one in and may not have the same power to which she’s accustomed?
Michelle King: Well, that’s exactly what we hope to explore in Season 6. We will not say that it’s definitely happening, but we will say that it is definitely not a thread that we’re going to abandon by any means.
Robert King: This is a woman who had the worst tragedy happen to her, which is to have her best friend and business partner die, and Diane doesn’t curl up in a ball and fade away. She starts honoring Will by picking up some of his personality, some of his gambling instincts, and it makes her, in many ways, younger. There was a moment when she and Will entered Florrick-Agos for the first time, this old t-shirt factory, and it made Diane nostalgic for starting over again, for the energy of a startup. When you have everything taken away from you, there can be an excitement about starting over again. That’s what you’re finding with Christine [Baranski]’s character at the end of the year.

TVLINE | Diane and Kalinda’s bond has been taken to a new level as the season has progressed. I loved the scene where Diane seems like she’s about to just give up, and then she gets recharged when Kalinda makes it clear she’s in her corner. Do you like exploring these two women together, on an equal footing as friends as much as boss and employee?
Michelle King: We like it very, very much, and the sense is that both of them suffered a real loss in the workplace with Will’s death. He had a special place in both of their lives, and one of the ways that they’re getting through that is by the friendship together, helping each other.
Robert King: The episode before Will gets shot, Will convinces Kalinda to stay with Lockhart-Gardner, and so, in many ways, the best way for Kalinda to honor Will now is to transfer her loyalty to Diane.

TVLINE | The whole issue of the firms teleconferencing — and Lockhart-Gardner accidentally leaving on their camera feed into Florrick-Agos’ conference room — yielded very amusing results, but also a whole host of ethical questions. You seem to love playing with the idea of technology: Wiretaps, that telecommuting lawyer on wheels who David Lee hated so much, surveillance footage of Peter’s tainted election. Where did the teleconference idea spring from?
Michelle King: Well, we didn’t have to go far to find that idea because we have one of those teleconferencing systems in our office. The writers and the editors [for The Good Wife] are on the west coast, and production’s on the east coast. So we are forever on teleconference, and then it was just extrapolating what could happen if.
Robert King: Everybody [on our staff] has put tape over their cameras because it’s very easy to think you’ve turned off the machine, but all you’ve done is turn off the monitor, and the camera is still on, and the sound is still on, and you really are broadcasting. Plus, as you point out, surveillance has been a subtheme this year, but to see Alicia not being the one who’s watched — but instead being the voyeur — brought up all these ethical questions.

TVLINE | Alicia’s attitude turned on a dime the minute Louis Canning and David Lee said they were going to destroy Florrick/Agos in 48 hours. Her ethical concerns became secondary, and she knew she had to continue the surveillance.
Michelle King: One of the most exciting things about the series is seeing the maturation of Alicia Florrick and how she’s become so much more pragmatic over the last five years because she’s had to be.
Robert King: And you’ll find the more responsibility she has, the more she makes ethically questionable decisions. I think at one point in this episode, Nathan Lane says to Cary [Agos], “How can you be doing this?” And Cary says, “I’m responsible for [all of these] employees. If I don’t make this decision, those employees are without a job.” You’ll find the same thing with Alicia’s character.

TVLINE | I loved having Nathan Lane’s Clarke as this almost parental voice — telling them it was wrong to eavesdrop, possibly even illegal.
Robert King: In the writers’ room, we have three lawyers in there, and this was an issue that raised more arguments than any issue this season — whether [the camera being left on] was an unintended disclosure, and, even if it was an unintended disclosure, what you had to do based on that fact. I thought [our writers] were going to come to blows, and then we had our tech advisor, Irv Miller in Chicago, getting on the phone, and he had a completely different opinion that was a little more pragmatic and a little more like Alicia’s. [Laughs] What we loved about it is that it seemed to create quite a stir between between people who know the law. All the lawyers on our staff did exactly what the lawyers on the show did. They all started pulling out their iPhones and looking up what was said online about the ethics, the American Bar Association, and all that.

TVLINE | When Alicia goes to the offices of Lockhart-Gardner, she initially seems like she wants to leave the conference room and not allow the Florrick-Agos team to eavesdrop. Then, she eyes Will’s old office, and visibly pauses, and the meeting winds up staying in the conference room. Was she genuinely pondering the ethical conundrum, or did she actually use the sight of Will’s office to sell the deception to the Lockhart-Gardner people? How calculated was that move?
Michelle King: The latter. It was, perhaps, the most cynical we’ve ever seen Alicia in 100-plus episodes.
Robert King: She needed to get them to their marks, in a way.

TVLINE | I thought it was the latter, but I had to ask. I mean, she’s swimming with sharks — David Lee and especially Louis Canning, who, the more unethical and deceitful he can be, the more it gives him lifeblood. Is it fun to be able to let Alicia wade into that muck and outmaneuver them in that moment?
Robert King: One of the reasons we’re having fun is that Julianna Margulies had so much fun with it. But the other thing is that it’s very sad how women on TV so often cower away and, “Oh, I would never do that. Oh, that’s bad. That’s slimy.” So, it’s very nice to see an Alicia that goes right up to the line with the bad guys and says, “No, no, no. You’re not getting the advantage over me because you think I’ll cower away from bringing a knife to a knife fight.”
Michelle King: I mean, nor do we want to think of her as villainous in any way. She’s simply being smart and strong.

TVLINE | The other product of the eavesdropping that surprised me was Cary being so surprised to hear that Kalinda would use their relationship to extract intel for Lockhart-Gardner. How could he be so hurt when that dance between them has always been pretty clear? And can their relationship survive that revelation?
Michelle King: I don’t think it plays so much as surprise as mortification to have these things not only said aloud, but witnessed by your colleagues. That’s what really crashed upon Cary. Will their relationship continue in some way? Probably, but is there going to be less trust? Sure.
Robert King: One other thing that makes it hard on Cary is to have Diane talk about it, and this is a tool they have had at their disposal. It’s one thing if Kalinda and Cary know they’re using each other. It’s another thing to have it so boldly discussed in the [Lockhart-Gardner] boardroom: “Oh, we’ve used this technique before, manipulating Cary.” Whether Cary and Kalinda can survive is a really good question. It’s a relationship we enjoy, but one of the things we found with relationships on our show is, when they’re too close to happiness for too long, they actually become tedious, and they kind of turn into gray. It’s like a salt that’s lost its taste.

TVLINE | So let’s talk about the Kalinda-Cary sex scene — which went right up to the border of uncomfortable, with Cary trying to dominate, and Kalinda clearly not enjoying it. Suddenly, he’s making a quick exit. What was the intent there? What was it like filming that scene and hitting the notes you wanted to hit without…
Robert King: It was very difficult. It’s probably the scene that had the most disagreement regarding the morality, the border that we walk up to. I don’t think we went to Game of Thrones territory. I don’t think we crossed that line, but there’s an element of creeping up to the line. What we really wanted to do is that…Cary had been injured. Cary feels like Kalinda doesn’t respect him, and he needs to more be the aggressor in their sexual relationship. It was him wanting to be the aggressor [for a change], but obviously, he went down the wrong fork, so to speak. I mean, it’s supposed to be uncomfortable. We’ll see how uncomfortable it makes everybody. There was so much disagreement, even between Michelle and myself, on this scene.

TVLINE | What was the major disagreement? Whether it should happen at all, or how it should happen, or…
Michelle King: No, it was a matter of tone. It just kept being discussed right up until the final mix.
Robert King: We tried other words in Cary’s mouth instead of, “Shut up.” We tried another line in Kalinda’s mouth other than, “Cary get off me, or I’ll hurt you.” We tried a lot of things, but there was also such subtle acting going on there between Archie and Matt that we had to honor, in theory, where the script went and where they took it. The script was probably trying to go a little chancier and edgier, but they pulled it back into what people [in real life] would say and do. But again, we didn’t want it to be as chancy as, “Oh, this is getting close to rape” or anything like that. We wanted it to just play as the emotional give and take of two people who have given information about each other, and it’s coming out in odd ways.

TVLINE | It’s interesting what you say, because I can imagine those words on the paper, versus how they’re said, versus how it’s shot — and how the end result could come out 50 different ways.
Robert King: Yeah, and the only thing I did in shooting it was just try to give it a perfume-commercial kind of prettiness, so that at least it was a not a gruff world. It was a very pretty world where these harsh things were said. Anyway, it’s one we had a lot of debate about even up until the very end in the mix.

TVLINE | Interesting, and like you said, now you’ll have to see how folks will react.
Robert King: Yeah. I have a feeling we’ll change it again for the DVD. I think that’s just what we’ll do.

TVLINE | Speaking of Kalinda, I thought one of the funniest things from the Season 5 finale was when Diane referred to Kalinda as her “girl Friday” when she asked if she could bring her to her meeting with Peter and Eli. That just cracked me up. Can we expect that, whatever direction Diane heads in Season 6, Kalinda will likely be there with her?
Robert King: Yes, we can conclude that. First of all, the actresses [Archie Panjabi and Christine Baranski] love working together. One of our worries was what the loss of Josh [Charles] would do to Jules’ [Julianna Margulies] character and Christine’s character. But actually, a second worry was that Archie and Josh played very well together, you know, in these bar scenes they would have. It was really nice to see when we put Christine and Archie closer together, how even though their acting styles are incredibly different, there was a real chemistry there too, which I guess we’d always played it a little cooler up until then. Now, it makes sense in the reality of the show that these two are hitting it off.

TVLINE | So I have to ask an Emmy-related question. In the wake of “Hitting the Fan” [Season 5, Episode 5], is there any way you don’t get a Best Drama Series nomination, plus a slew of acting ones?
Michelle King: You know what? We never predict and never expect.
Robert King: Yeah, you know, we loved this year. We had a lot of fun this year, but I thought there were so many ways the fans would hate us at the end of it, obviously, because we put a bullet into Will Gardner’s brain and throat. So the reward, really, is that people might be sticking with us.

TVLINE | That’s interesting. How much did you consider fan blowback in the midst of all the huge changes in The Good Wife universe over the course of Season 5?
Robert King: We’re very paranoid writers. So, even though we trust viewers, and we should trust viewers, there are times we go through the script and go, “Oh my God. That’s too far. That’s too far. No, no. We can’t do that.” The difficulty was we had a plan at the beginning of the year, a roadmap that really meant Will dying in episode 15, and the closer we got to that date, the more there was a real butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling. Partly because it was the loss of Josh, an actor who we loved and a character we loved, but also there was a real worry that you were kicking the audience in the mid-section. That was part of the plan — with the shock, and then having the next episode play off that shock — but still, you never want to hurt anybody. You don’t want to hurt the audience. We’re always paranoid about the scripts, but this year, I think, was a little harder, because we knew the big event could really have bad repercussions.

TVLINE | Understandable, and with Josh Charles exiting after Episode 15, you couldn’t change lanes.
Robert King: We love changing the status quo, but there were two big status-quo changes this year. One is the breakup of the firms, and then Will’s death. And you never know, when you change it to a new world, into a new status quo, whether it’s going to hold up to the old one.

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  1. FSN Global 's Rick Fox says:

    Reblogged this on Global News Now.

    • Joseph says:

      My issue with the episode was the heavy power play Alicia did with Carry , that seemed so out of character , but the rest of it worked given they wrote Aliica as a freak out

      • Mike says:

        It wasn’t so much that Alicia did a heavy power play. She rightfully said they should DEBATE and VOTE on it in the open which was exactly why Lock & Gard was in trouble. Will was not getting a full vote from the partners and she didn’t want to go that way.

  2. Lucy says:

    I’m done with that show. I wish Matt Czuchry a great career…out of this show. What they did wih Cary and Kalinda suck. And what they did with Cary’s character sucked even more. Bye.

    • sladewilson says:

      Yeah, they straight punked Cary. I’m not done with the show, but they seriously punked Cary this episode…

    • Dee says:

      I am so stunned I can hardly write hear. They have abused and humiliated Cary for five years on this show but tonight was the last straw. It’s not enough that he has lost his job three times. It’s not enough that he gets limited screen time even at his own law firm. It’s not enough that Kalinda and Diane use him. Tonight made me despise….yes hate and despise Alicia, Kalinda & Diane. What’s going to happen next year? Are they going to have Cary defend Will’s killer so that everyone can laugh at and abuse poor Cary again? I have never seen any show that abuses a character and his fans more than TGW. I owe you an apology Lucy. I kept saying give the Kings the benefit of the doubt. But publicly humiliating Cary and then Kalinda’s unforgiveable treatment of Cary is the last straw. Matt Czuchry deserves an EMMY for putting in so many good performances over the years with a character that Kings have used as a punching bag. Will remain a huge fan of Matt Czuchry and hope that his future producers and writers will show him the respect he deserves. Tonight was worse than I could ever imagine. Shame on you Kings!.
      You’ve lost me for good!

      • Lucy says:

        They don’t have respect for fans. They don’t have respect for their actors. I can’t even know what to say about it anymore. I feel just bad for Matt. He keeps promoting that show while that show and those writers keep doing whatever they can to trash his character. He needs to go.

        • Dee says:

          I never wanted Matt to go until tonight. He has tirelessly promoted TGW. The disrespect TGW shows for Cary and Matt is incredible. Look at the questions asked of Kings in this recap! Cary is completely abused and Michael Slezak talks about Cary going behind Alicia’s back! Really? Really? It is disgraceful that they never gave Cary any screen time except when he is to be punked and used by the other characters. Matt, I hope you are getting a lot of money for putting up with this crap. Matt is too nice a guy to complain about anything with TGW. But the total abuse of Cary-Matt fans stops tonight for me.

          • Lucy says:

            Reviewers and critics are blind about it. Kings have completely screwed up his character and his relationship with Kalinida. I’m feeling bad for Matt because next season is going to be even worse for him. But I’m not goint to watch a season of Cary being treated like trash by Diane, Alicia and Kalinda and by writers. Matt Czuchry should open his eyes and considering how happy his fandom is about what they’ve done with his character.

          • Dee says:

            There has been a lot of worry this week at other sites about this happening tonight. We are not the only ones upset. I can not and will not put up with another season of this. I just find it incredible that the Kings keep slapping us in the face over and over again. And while I’m at it for the last time with show: The Kings, once again, did not keep their word about this season. There was no new love interest for Cary or anything else they promised. Being used by Kalinda is NOT, repeat NOT a new or old love interest. Kalinda and Diane just made my skin crawl tonight.

          • Lucy says:

            Sincerely I don’t know what was worse. I think that what Diane said ““Kalinda has a way with Cary. We’ve exploited this before” pretty sums up the complete crap that was tha episode. It’s not that they’ve ruined Cary’s character. It’s that now I hate Diane, Alicia and Kalinda too.

          • Dee says:

            That’s what I’m thinking too. It has always amazed me how so many viewers idolize Diane Lockhart. She threw Will under the bus to get a judgeship. She plays unethical politics. She
            gave that creep a partnership for committing perjury…PERJURY no less! earlier this year and on and on. But she is like a virtuous icon to viewers while they just keep knocking down Cary. Cary, as so many critics have pointed out, is the most ethical of this whole “gray area” bunch. Not easy to do when the character is constantly being trashed!

      • carola schmidt says:

        I could not agree more.

      • abz says:

        I definitely do agree that they should start moving him away from Kalinda and this using each other storyline. However, Cary has definitely been given a lot more to do and a lot more screen time this season, especially in the second half and definitely has had a lot more to do with the splitting of the firm, cases with Alicia, office drama, etc.. Also, five seasons in, I think the amount of screen time Cary is given is more than adequate. He is and always will be a supporting character no matter how much you or I like the character. There are many characters on this show that a lot of people love and they need screen time as well. Yes, He is a partner in the new firm. but in the end, no matter how much you want it. you won’t get more screen time for Cary because Alicia is the main character and her view and life at F/A is definitely more important because she is connected so many other story lines (Will, Lockhart Gardner, Peter/Governor, Eli, Diane, Finn. kids, etc.). Cary is mainly connected to Alicia and Kalinda and sometimes Diane, that’s it.

        • Lucy says:

          Nobody is complaining about screentime. Scripts and storylines sucked for Cary. And that finale pretty much guaranteed that it’s not going to improve next season.

        • Dee says:

          Cary got more screen time but only because he had so little before. He has not had ONE single case of his own all season. One review for last week’s episode said (not direct quote): “Cary got his usual 3 minutes of screen time and apparently doesn’t have a single client at his own law firm”.
          No one suggests that Cary is not a supporting character. It’s how they “use” him that is the problem. The way they treat Cary you’d never know he had a Harvard law degree.

          • Lucy says:

            And let’s talk about the fact that there not a single character in that show who respects Cary and would fight for him. There’s nobody on his side. Kalinda would throw him under a bus if Diane asked her to do it. And I’ve to be all excited about Kalinda’s loyalty to Diane when this means they both have to treat him like rubbish. I don’t give a damn. Does Kalinda know what Cary, the man she sleeping with, wants? She doens’t give a damn if Cary wanted that merge or not. Diane wanted and so let’s use Cary and treat him like an idiot. She doesn’t even consider his feeilings, the fact that he spent an year building his own firm and that LG want just to take the money. Sorry, that was pure rubbish.

          • Dee says:

            Agree. Next season looks horrible for Cary again. I especially cringed tonight when Alicia jumped all over Cary not once but twice. Cary really hit a nerve speaking the truth about why she was “tired”. Adding Diane, who is partnered in crime with Kalinda, to Florrick-Agos only gives the Kings more ways to dump on poor Cary. One of the worst things was what they did with Kalinda. I could never forgive that behavior in a character. So glad I won’t be witnessing any of this crap next year.

          • Dee says:

            Gotta add: you are so right about no one being on Cary’s side. That’s one of the best things I like about Cary is how he has to be independent. No is siding with him on anything. Even back to the first season Kalinda was helping Alicia against Cary. Diane told Alicia how she could win the job and on and on.

          • Lucy says:

            Last mockery from Robert King on twitter “Yes, I like how much more Matt is in this episode. A taste of what next season will do. #TheGoodWife”.
            Yeah, too bad it’s not matter of “quantity”. And also who the hell is going to believe you after the infamous “Year of Cary” promise?

          • Dee says:

            OMG! So more of them humiliating Cary next season is what Robert King is happy about?
            OMG. This one hour was hard to take. Cary is used and abused by every single regular on TGW and now they are crowing about it being so all next year. Good God.

      • Bailey says:

        Biggest joke ever! Have you seen the abuse a show like HOUSE did to its fans? No wait, to the Cuddy character, the actress who played her and her fans? The treatment of women over there and support character was abysmal.

        The Good Wife is respectful and miles away from anything shameful. Try your hands at Shore and co for a while, you’ll feel your pain.

        Sincerely, a fellow Cary admirer.

    • Tav says:

      Yeah… and is it just me or did they leave the door wide WIDE open to write off Archie Panjabi?
      Like damn, I get that Julianna doesn’t want her around and the Kings do whatever JM wants, but Kalinda is actually good for the show!

      • Sunjai says:

        Unfortunately, Archie Panjabi is signed through season 6 so they could marginalize her (like she has been for two season) but I sincerely doubt that they’d write her off entirely since she brings in a younger audience and is a buzz draw. They’ll just continue to put her in tight leather outfits and trot her out for two seconds an episode. I do have a glimmer of hope that we’ll get more of her if Alicia runs for SA and Florrick-Agos-Lockheart(?) remains. Maybe she won’t be so ostracized.

      • G. says:

        If Alicia becomes the State’s Attorney, Kalinda is free to join them at Florrick-Agos(-Lockhart?) and work as an investigator, or the lead investigator. Since JM doesn’t like Archie Panjabi, I would suspect Alicia will take Robin to work with her at the SA’s office, leaving Kalinda to work for Diane in the private sector.

        Obviously, if *I* were writing this show, I would have Alicia have a nice, normal night with someone she likes and cares about, figure it out, go have a talk with Kalinda and say “OK, I’ve now officially done what you did, it’s time to bury this hatchet”, and start kicking ass Alicia-Kalinda style again.

        But that’s me. ;)

      • Winston says:

        They don’t like each other?

        • anonymous says:

          Supposedly JM thinks her character would not be friends with Kalinda after what she did with her husband so thats why they don’t share scenes. But while I get why they aren’t buddies Kalinda and Alicia are cordial with each other and have talked on the phone so it does not make sense that they can’t appear in the same scenes together.

    • Sunjai says:

      Ha! This is absurd. Matt finally gets some meaty material (not just flashy but hollow plot devices like starting his own firm which is designed to afford Alicia an escape from Will) and there’s an uproar by his fans? Many of the things said are true. Cary is often overlooked and undermined so the outrage is unjustified. It’s old hat by now. The good thing about this episode was that lack of respect was explicitly stated so no one could ignore it and Cary for the first time in seasons was able to address it and react appropriately. He rebelled! And the character was allowed to act in his own best interests instead of covertly serving Alicia’s purpose. And as someone who is usually pretty unenthralled by Matt Czuchry’s performance, he impressed the heck out of me. I suppose it’s just a matter of him having an interesting role to play. The yelling match between him and Alicia cutting back and forth was riveting.

      • IMHO Cary grew up in this episode and is poised for a lot more front-and-centre action. If Alicia runs for State’s Attorney, he and Dianne will be partners and his screen time will be seriously expanded. Plus, the series just tossed Will, Finn and her son out of the storyline. A lot of key guys in Alicia’s life have disappeared.

        At one point Cary described himself as the new Will (not in a good way) but with his strategic betrayal and Dianne as potential legal partner, he may actually be edging towards the new Will. Good idea.

      • bfish says:

        Thank you for providing the voice of reason in this Matt/Cary discussion. I love this show and have a liking for all of the major characters (and most of the minor ones); Matt is one of my favorites. However, I don’t need him to be a knight in shining armor, the most ethical, a winner in romance, or always the smartest person in the room to enjoy the character and the actor. Does a character have to be a good guy all of the time for fans to like him?

        Using The Wire as an example of a fantastic drama with many plots, subplots, and interlocking characters — which TGW has increasingly sought to emulate — almost all of my favorite characters were “bad guys” (Stringer Bell, Omar Little, Prop Joe, Senator Clay Davis, Avon/Dee/Brianna Barksdale, Maurice Levy, Maj/Col Rawls, Col Burrell, etc.). And my favorite “good guys” (Jimmy McNulty, Bunk, Lester, Capt. Daniels etc.) were rascals and scammers when the need arose. And my favorite all-time character on Breaking Bad was Gus Fring, followed closely by dear old Mr. Heisenberg.

        All that is noted to say that we’re not living in an era of fairy tale characters on most of the serious dramas, and I’m mighty glad it’s this way. Back to TGW — my favorite non-main character is Jackie Florrick, especially when she’s in the manipulative (rather than dotty old dame) mode. Please give us more of the complicated and driven Cary Agos!

        • Lucy says:

          People are not complaining about Cary being a grey character. People complain because once again that season he has been used like a plot device to move the plot. Even if that season they had an entire storyline built around Cary’s firm the finale was probably the first time they did something interesting with him and first time they gave Matt Czuchry some material to work it. What’s the point of a character or an actor being in every damn episode of the season to be used properly just in the last episode of a 22 eps long series? People start to joke about Matt Czuchry’s status in that show. It’s a shame because he could do a lot more with his time and his career. Instead he spent two years working in a show to be completely ignored by media and critics because writers couldn’t give him a sherd of good material or storylines.
          And besides this that scene between him and Kalinda was awfully written and completely unnecessary. Another big disappointment.The all Cary and Kalinda thing was ill-conceived. They just had random sex all the time and she was always spying on him every time they had sex. So I don’t get what Robert King is talking about when he says that Cary and Kalinda were to close to happiness. IMO they were far from happiness and good writing. And do they dare to say that they love them?

          • Pat says:

            I personally complain about the fact that they’ve pretty much set the basis for a season 6 I don’t think I want to watch. Cary’s role in his firm has been pratically screwed up: even the partners who were on his side now are angry with him so Alicia and Diane will have full scope everytime they’ll want to outvote him or just gang up on him. And I fear that will be the dynamics between them. His relationship with Kalinda was also screwed up and I bet that since Kings keep talking about that Kalinda’s loyalty to Diane, while they didn’t say a word about Kalinda’s feelings for Cary, I bet Kalinda will keep exploite him every time Diane will ask her to do it. Obviously that also means that next season Cary will also waste other time around a woman who clearly is always willing to throw him under the bus everytime someone else, worthier more loyality than him in her book, asks it. Picture me really excited about Cary’s role in season 6.

  3. Dick Whitman says:

    Best show on network tv.

  4. Command says:

    This was such a great season. As long as this show stays that good, I hope CBS keeps it alive for a long time.

  5. ames says:

    I left after they killed Will. Reading this Q&A with the Kings did nothing to make me regret that decision.

    • Ambuclao says:

      The show’s called “The Good Wife” not “The Good Third Wheel”, and definitely not “The Good Cheater” and “The Good Firm”.

    • mark says:

      I can, without a doubt, say that you absolutely SHOULD regret that decision.

    • abz says:

      ^I agree with Mark. You should definitely regret it. The show has definitely not suffered from Will’s loss. As much I loved Will, the show is still as entertaining as ever and I find myself not even really caring that much that he’s gone (I still think it was a stupid decision for him to leave to have his only project be a film with Sarah Silverman. Way to lower his standards after that well deserved Golden Globe nomination). Anyway, there were so many great episodes even after he left, from the NSA storyline, to Colin Sweeney.

    • That’s a shame, ames. You’re going to miss some fine TV in the next 2 years.

      I hope you find something else good out there! You were smart enough to find this show and watch it for 5 years — a statement I can’t make of most of the U.S. population — so I can only hope you will be OK, and not become some sort of fan of say, The Bachelor.

    • Tammy says:

      you know the actor asked to leave right? it was his choice? So his character could have left, moved out of town, run off with that girl he was dating, etc. etc. etc. I actually think his death made for good story lines. It’s not like the fired Josh Charles, they actually talked him into a half of a season more than what he wanted to do. I get how fans are upset by his death but he was leaving one way or another and having him ride off into the sunset in some happy story line would have pissed me off more.

  6. schu says:

    Became a follower of this show after randomly catching it this season, and although I felt like I sort of new what was coming this episode after every obstacle presented itself, the acting and writing and filming of each and every scene really keeps it interesting and I hope season 6 holds my attention just as much. Really top notch show in every way.

  7. Larc says:

    It certainly looked like a classic setup for something to happen to Zack when he left home after his graduation. Plans to drive through the night, the plaintive “O Mia Babbino Caro” playing as he was bidding his mother goodbye, and that last turn to wave to her all seemed to have a finality somehow. I don’t keep up with The Good Wife cast news. Is Graham Phillips under contract for next season?

    • Bryce says:

      Not sure. I hope they keep him on as recurring so he can feel out other projects. He’s a good actor and Zach and Grace can only be utilized so much on this kind of show.

    • Dunno either, I was wondering if it was the last time we see him.

      I personally think we’ve had enough of Grace and Zack — it would be nice to see Alicia given a little bit of freedom to do as she wishes at the drop of a hat, without having to rush home for her children. Ya know?

    • Dot says:

      Zach did EXACTLY what his mother did. I see no drama behind him leaving with his friend.

      • Saabgirlatx says:

        Exactly. He perked up when his grandmother told him Alicia left the same day – so he did the same. I think it was some symbolism in how Zach sees his mother now.

  8. jane mark says:

    Great show this!

  9. abz says:

    Great interview, Michael. I really like how detailed and focused your questions were. I think the show is still is amazing as ever. Will’s death has definitely not affected the show IMO, and I’m still excited to tune in each week. It’ll be really interesting to see how this Alicia/State’s Attorney storyline plays. Wife takes the position previously held by her husband. It’s definitely bound to cause some tension with Finn, but it’d be interesting to see Alicia and Peter’s relationship as well if they go that route. They should definitely stop this Kalinda/Cary using each other thing. Bring back Lana Delany for Kalinda if she needs to be with someone and move on with Cary.

    • PJ says:

      I agree they should bring back Lana Delaney for Kalinda! It’s clear that Kalinda is more comfortable with women in bed. This unhealthy and pointless Kalinda/Cary relationship has to end. It’s uninteresting and unappealing. They have zero sexual chemistry.

      • Dot says:

        Shows Kalinda’s character if you really think about. She sleeps with him because she was told to do so. She is a backstabber and it seems Cary finally realized for sure what she was up to when he got dressed without saying a word an left.

  10. unlabyrinth says:

    IIRC, the seeds for a friendship between Diane and Kalinda were sown way back in Season 1 when Diane asked Kalinda to do a background check on a guy she was dating. Later in the episode the guy tries to pick up Kalinda. Then, the two have a great scene where Kalinda discloses the guy’s betrayal in coded language and advises Diane that she could do better than this guy. The exchange established female solidarity and that Kalinda had Diane’s back – not just as her employee. Was sad to see that bond ignored in later seasons, but I’m glad the show is mining that well now.

    • Me too. And I totally remember that episode. ;)

      Diane’s used Kalinda for a couple “special” assignments as well, and I think the potential friendship path was laid out there — for instance, the episode where Kalinda advises Diane to get a gun for protection and shows her how to use it. That was all definitely more “friend zone” than “employee zone”.

      • unlabyrinth says:

        Glad that others remember Season 1 Kalinda! Developing the Kalinda-Diane friendship again would remind viewers of all Kalinda had to offer besides bedroom/sexual scheming and magical intel gathering. I loved most how Kalinda used to offer quips about ways women should stand up for themselves or advance in the workplace. If the show’s shutdown Alicia-Kalinda reconciliation forever, then a return to this female-empowerment dynamic with Diane could offer refreshing ways to value Kalinda’s character. Here’s to hoping in Season 6!

  11. Ashton says:

    This season has been amazing. Everyone is going through a change. When people make changes they do crazy things. I don’t feel as though Cary is being under appreciated I feel as though they are putting him through a change. He is almost channeling his inner Will. I’ve felt this way since the episode after will ‘s death, there was a moment when Cary looked at the opposition and told them to sit the hell down. He reminded me so much of will in that moment. They are changing his character and evolving it into being not so much of a push over. It’s true to life, when people go through change they do things they never thought possible.
    I will say too that I really like Finn’s character and I hope just because he pulled out of the race doesn’t mean that we should see any less of him.

  12. Gwen says:

    Wouldn’t there be ethical questions raised if the Governor’s wife became the state’s attorney? Conflict of interest? (Even though the marriage is currently one in name only…)

    • Bryce says:

      I think that’s part of Alicia’s reaction “What?” And I think that’s why she’s going to wait to make any move on that situation (as said in the interview). I was thinking about it though. State attorney’s isn’t like the Supreme Court. It’s not an appointment by Peter, but an elected position. I don’t think he would be able to appoint her to the Supreme Court, but if Alicia ran on her own volition for states attorney, how could Peter NOT endorse his own wife?

    • Lauren says:

      Yeah it seems really ethically wrong, somehow. Plus I feel like Alicia would hate it. I hope it’s not a route that they take next season. (Diane moving to Florrick Agos on the other hand…)

    • Ashton says:

      Also, yes she has already be vetted, but nothing is really public. Wouldn’t her affair and the fact that she and Peter are not together anymore come to light which would mean terrible things for Peter. It seems ridiculous that Eli would even consider her. Let Diane join Florrick/Agos that is a partnership that could be epic.

  13. forwarddad says:

    What was the point of Diane getting married?

    • Amy says:

      Christine Baranski told the Washington Post, Diane goes home to her cowboy and they cook and have great sex.

      Gary Cole is too busy helping Selina Meyer become President to be there for Diane…

  14. carola schmidt says:

    I gotta say that I hate what they are doing with Cary Agos. He is the most disrespected character on the show and he (and Matt Czuchry) deserve better. One can only hope that Season 7 changes course.

    • Dee says:

      You speak the opinion of so many who have had to put up with such abuse of this intelligent and likeable character. Tonight was painful to watch in many ways. I got the feeling that the Kings and the writing staff were enjoying seeing Cary suffer. Disgraceful.

      • Lucy says:

        Those writers love seeing Cary being treated like rubbish by everyone. Alicia, Diane, Kalinda.

        • Dee says:

          By the end of this torturous episode I was so tired of Alicia’s pontificating and Diane and Kalinda’s treachery that it was sickening. In reality there is no way they could reconcile the three of them with Cary next year to make it even half way believable. No way.

  15. Bryce says:

    There was so many things at play this episode, and I think that really reflected the perfect madness that was the whole season. Personally I hope Diane does jump on board FA and then I want everyone to stay put for a while so the series can gain some rhythm for at least a season or two.

  16. Cate says:

    On an unrelated note, I really liked Zach going to Georgetown. Hopefully we’ll get some comment from Alicia on her time there. I’ve always wondered about it, and now may be the best time to see what really happened between Will and Alicia (yes, I know he’s dead but I can’t let go of this ship).

  17. i’am done with the good wife if they don’t get rid or i can’t understand him when does nothing but slur and move all over the cotton place please replace him as soon as possible. it is a great show without him i get seasick watching him try to act ugh

    • Tom says:

      You are quite possibly the worst person ever. Congrats.

    • abz says:

      Okay, I’m going to take a guess that maybe you’re not familiar with Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease condition in real life because if you are, you are absolutely disgusting!

    • Are you aware the Michael has Parkinson’s Disease? You must be the most disgusting person on earth.

    • Kristoffer says:

      Wow. You seem like a really nice person. Do you go around kicking puppies too?

    • ann cook says:

      You probably are perfect. You are lucky. I also have Parkinsons and it saddens me that there are ignorant people out there who look at me in the store or out for a walk with disgust as I have trouble getting my fingers to get that stupid wallet open. I used to do theater but I can’t any more. Michael J. Fox is my hero. He doesn’t let PD hold him back – he keeps on going. I choke up every time I see him because I know how he feels. It is a stupid debilitating disease. I was diagnosed 14 years ago and I will have it until I die. I suggest you look at his website. Then you will be informed and compassionate – a much healthier feeling.

  18. Andrew Hass says:

    I thought last night’s episode was great and sets up next season nicely.Alicia running for state attorney could be very interesting because now she could be in the public eye.As for Cary now that he knows Kalinda was playing him somewhat he might play her now too.So now he could use her to get information about Lockhart-Gardner.Plus as Alicia focuses on becoming state attorney we might see Cary in the courtroom more next season.

  19. lori says:

    I can see I’m in the minority here, but I think Cary’s behavior last night as far as the merger goes is consistent with how the character has behaved since the beginning. As far as the relationship with Kalinda goes, I think he has his eyes completely open now. He has been abused by her a few times, but he definitely sees it now and that relationship will end. I think it will be an interesting set up for next season.

  20. Brooke says:

    It cracks me up to see so many people freaking it about Cary, a supporting male character on a show where the main character is a strong woman. All this whining that all the female characters are victimizing him. Cary has been smarmy and looking out for himself above everyone else since the first season. The show is FILLED with shady male characters of questionable ethics, but the one that gets all the verbal support is the one whose smarminess is taken down a notch by all the strong women on the show. What gives? Is it as sexist as it appears to me, or is it just the fact that he’s the youngest and a good looking guy who pulls in a certain type of viewer?

    • iluvcandy says:

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ THIS.

    • brycealexander says:


    • Pam says:

      I think you statement is sexistier that every post written there about Cary. So according to you, a show about a strong woman means that it’s right to picture male characters like crap or just have them being treated like that by those women. If that’s the femminism Kings have in minnd, well, that’s the lame and fake version of it. Also I think everyone is entitled to feel whatever they want about a character, male or female, without being accused to be sexist or being shut up with the femminism card.

      • Brooke says:

        Sexistier! That is a humorous mashup of sexier and more sexist, which seems appropriate! I’m not sure what “picturing male characters like crap” means, but the complaints about Cary are so unusual to me. The men and women on his show are all dealing with morally and ethically questionable situations. Everyone has at times undermined and manipulated everyone else. Even our hero (it IS called The Good Wife) has had her losses. Cary has been used and manipulated by men on the show (including Will and Childs), but the complaints on this article are so specific in calling out the women! And his fans cite his intelligence and likeability, but a) everyone on this show is intelligent, and b) Cary is not particulary likeable! From the beginning he’s been very calculating and arrogant. Not that other characters are MORE likeable. Everyone is very ambitious and willing to push moral boundaries to get ahead, which makes everyone difficult to root for. But then this has the effect of making me wonder why Cary has been singled out for such passionate fandom when he is very much a supporting player on a show whose central character is a woman. This is Alicia’s story, but the most ink and energy has been dropped on a man, as is so typical in history! The answer seems to be that he’s young and handsome to a certain group of viewers.

        • Lucy says:

          Great way to genarilze about people without knowing nothing about them and just because they don’t share your opinions. Congrats.

    • Jan says:

      Thank you! I really had no idea that Cary/Matt had so many rabid fans. Nice for him (Matt), but his character is secondary. I love this show.

  21. Ange says:

    I thought the season was great. There was so much going on. It was sweet to watch the tender moment between Alicia and Zack before he left for school and to once again have the finale in Eli’s hands. Smart move! As for Kalinda/Cary, I thought that scene was a summary of what their relationship has always been – a battle for power/control over each other.

  22. TED says:

    Wow! Dee and Lucy, take your Matt Czuchry posters off of your bedroom walls and open your eyes to the possibility that the Kings are writing a character that exists in the real world. I work with several Cary’s, young men whose ambition far exceeds their ability. Does Cary get used and smacked down a lot? Yes. As he should. He asks for it when he sleeps with the enemy, tells secrets to enemy, goes behind his partner’s back to the enemy, plots to leave and disable the enemy, etc. I could go on but I hope you get the point. The good news is that he might actually learn from the mistakes he made from tripping over his ambitions. There is an arc to the story line for every character in this show. As I see it, Cary seeing the tape of Kalinda is the start of Cary’s arc to understanding the consequences of his ambitions, both professional and private. If he is as smart as the King’s have led you to believe he is, he will walk away from these smack downs a wiser man.

    • Dee says:

      No posters here Ted. I understand everything you are saying but it doesn’t change the fact that Cary, the character, is not treated with he same level of respect as the others. In the real world someone as intelligent as Cary would not be constantly used by those around him. On this show Cary’s abilities far exceed his ambition. If you think otherwise then it proves everything about how they write for this character. While the other characters on TGW go about their ways it’s always Cary who is made to look bad. I did get a chuckle about Kalinda making Cary understand the consequences of his ambitions. Kalinda using Cary has absolutely nothing to do with Cary’s ambitions. I hope you enjoy next season.

      • Pam says:

        Dear Ted, that’s your “version” of Cary’s character. Not mine. A young man who needs to be smacked down? We have already seen this in season 1, 2 and 3. Sincerely I’m tired of that storyline. Time to move on. And for the record I don’t think Alicia acted like a good partner in that storyline. She wanted to merge the firms because she’s tired…really selfless decision, yeah. No surprise Cary got mad about it. I think it would be cool if from time to time she would be smacked down too because I don’t think every thing she says or does is unconditionally or automatically good.

        • TED says:

          I never said Alicia wasn’t flawed. She has made her fair share of mistakes too. I agree that many of her actions are born from weariness in the second half of this season. All of the characters in this show have flaws. Watching each character work through their flaws is what makes for good dramatic television. Of all the main characters, Cary is the baby. It is no surprise to me that it has taken him 5 seasons to get his wake up call. Cary’s reaction to seeing Kalinda and Diane plot to play him again gave me hope that he finally was going to hit the bend in the arc of his story line, but then he let ‘l’il cary'” get the best of him. He is still a work in progress, but a very interesting work, indeed.

      • TED says:

        “Kalinda using Cary has absolutely nothing to do with Cary’s ambitions.” Really? As I see it, Kalinda is the only one who really understands his ambitions. If she didn’t, she wouldn’t be able to play him so easily to get the information Diane wants. And the sex is just strings attached sex. That is all it has been for Kalinda from the start. Him trying to dominate her in bed and realizing how stupid he was is a perfect example of him tripping over his ambitions. Thankfully the phone rang and gave him a way out before she beat the crap out of him. Does he have ability? Sure. Would he be ready to use those abilities on his own? Absolutely not. I’ll give you this. He may be smart enough to recognize his shortcomings. That’s why he surrounds himself with so many people who are older and wiser. Maybe…and I do hope this is the case…Cary will become the fully formed, wiser character next season. But for now watching him trying not to trip over himself is great fun.

  23. Shar says:

    Is it just me or is Finn coming across as a bit of a wimp.. can’t make a move without input from Alicia who he’s know for all of about 3 months? Finn seems lost without direction and very malleable.

    • Molly says:

      I agree Shar. There is also zero chemistry between him and Alicia. A big mistake to match Finn and Alicia as lovers in future series.

  24. Nichole says:

    What happened with Kalinda’s husband?? He disappeared and earlier in the season they said that disappearance would be dealt with later in the season, I took that to mean maybe he’s dead and possible murder charge for Kalinda, then nothing has happened :/

  25. Steven says:

    Mike, you forgot the bombshell of Diane wanting to join Florick Agos

  26. RockGolf says:

    My daughter pointed out to me that this show makes me laugh harder than most sitcoms. It’s true! The look on Alan Cummings’ face when he first thinks about Alica for State’s Attorney, the “Of course! No, don’t be insane. Wait this could work. Oh, yes!” all without a word was as delicious as key lime pie.

  27. kerisia says:

    I think what should happen is that Diane push for dissolution of her law firm and then jump ship to F/A. I think Alicia and Diane teamed up could hurt Canning, Louis and rest of those idiots at L/G.

  28. Stefan says:

    I think the finale was great. That said in a year with amazing episodes such as “Hitting the Fan”, “The Decision Tree”, “The Last Call” etc. I hope Diane does jump ships in season 6. I enjoyed the dynamics between F/A and LG very much, but they don’t seem right now that Will is gone. They were just much more entertaining before. Maybe it would be interesting if Alicia accepts the State Attorney position and faces her own firm now in the form of Lockhart-Agos? Unfortunately, LG will no longer have place in the show in such a scenario and I don’t think they’d let that happen. The show would just be even farther apart from its initial image and they’ve already taken too many drastic changes this year. All in all, I’m quire puzzled what they will decide to do exactly. I’m sure it will be great to watch though. As usual.

    • Stefan says:

      BTW I want that Finn guy gone. Totally useless. And Canning as well. I mean, I love having him for an episode or two at time, but it’s getting too much now. Recurring characters must stay recurring. That said, I wouldn’t mind another appearance by a certain red head. Especially since they mentioned her firm last week.

  29. Deion says:

    I enjoyed the finale of what has been a stellar season. This show has always given me a reason to love it.

    As far as people being up in arms about Cary’s treatment. Cary was meant to be kind of a villain at the beginning. He was Alisha’s adversary, Alicia’s young, cocky enemy. It wasn’t even until season 3 that the character saw enough maturity to come back to L/G without wanting to be over Alicia. Some people act as though Cary has been this hero since day one. Three out of five seasons at best. Also, from day one, Kalinda has used his attraction against him. It’s what Kalinda does. Cary has known who Kalinda is. He was even wary of her after they “got together”. Fans are upset because his weakness is common knowledge at Lockhart/Gardner? Whatevs. You’ve never taken the character for who he was meant to be. You don’t appreciate his growth. You hate Alicia, how she got, and how she kept the L/G job.

    Also, I like the Finn character. They are trying to give Alicia a friend. I’d like to see him stick around.

    I hope F/A accepts Diane’s offer. It will definitely shake up the dynamic there. The battle with David Lee and Lockhart/Gardner will be epic.

  30. Anya says:

    I love this show! This season has been outstanding! Can’t wait for season 6 to begin and see where it goes. The writers always surprise us. Love a show that I can’t predict.

  31. Loki Rose says:

    This was the first episode ever where I was disappointed in what they did with Alicia. No way should she have that argument in front of everyone, when it was pointed out that many people would lose their jobs. That is just a stupid thing to do, and in real life would have turned many of the other FA folks against her. Also, Alicia was plotting a merger with Diane several episodes ago without ever telling Cary. He had to find out from Diane. How is Cary talking to Canning any worse of a betrayal?

  32. unhappyfan says:

    The Cary/Kalinda scene did cross the line. Kalinda said no. Cary didn’t listen and continued anyway. Teaching viewers that proceeding with sex when a woman says no, is okay, does a disservice to every rape victim and potential rape victim out there. On behalf of every woman who falls under these categories, the show must address this topic next season.

    • anonymous says:

      Cary;s actions were creepy. He had a good reason to be mad at Kalinda but he didn’t have the right to behave that way,

  33. Carolyn says:

    I have read the previous comments, and I am surprised by some of the reactions. I have watched TGW for all five seasons, and would never consider leaving the show now! It truly is the most intelligently written series in network television. The season 5 finale left many questions unanswered, but the final scene with Alicia and Eli was epic! The reaction from Eli about the possibility of Alicia as State’s Attorney was classic. You know now why he is a classic theatre actor! His facial expressions registered all the questions in his mind before he actually verbalized the question of would she run for the position! It was too funny! By the way, the shouting match between Alicia and Cary was intended for Alicia to realize that she needs to move past Will’s death, and get on with her life! Cary hit the nail on the head when he told her she was “tired” but not in the physical sense! Kind of like what Peter should have said when she dismissed him as her husband! How ridiculous was that scene! We have not seen the last of Zack. When he left for Georgetown, he said he’d be back for Thanksgiving, which is usually the first holiday for most college students to visit home! This show is wonderful and I’m excited for Season 6 and hopefully more. Keep up the great writing, Kings, because it is much appreciated by this retired English teacher/ School Librarian! Thanks for Season 5. I think Will’s departure was handled with respect and the after effects of his death for all the characters treated with the same level of shock and disbelief as most people would experience after such an horrific experience! I can’t wait for the Emmy nominations!!

  34. ME says:

    I’m not really understanding some of the comments on here, especially about Cary. I really enjoyed this season and think there was a lot of payoff for the long time viewer. I loved the season finale with the tech humor and drama. I’m looking forward to next season.

  35. Peter says:

    Greatest show on TV now.
    Alan cummings is very funny- he’s great
    Christine Baranksi’s acting – marvelous
    Kalinda and Cary – great!
    even alicia’s mom is great in the show
    Looking forward to the next season!

  36. Daniel S. Hagy says:

    Any addition storyline with the wire-taping and Alicia’s son’s ex-girl friend?

  37. Molly says:

    I just hope they get their act together and make a more “real” show in season 6. Also I hope they don’t turn Alicia into a powerful but sexless bitch. That isn’t “growing” a character just portraying one of very many TV plots .

    They have pretty much destroyed all the brilliant work done so far by killing Will Gardner off. The Kings say they listen to the fans but that clearly isn’t true as majority of them were beyond upset with the death.

    The series will be dead in the ground if they don’t pull something pretty special out of the bag and petty infighting between firms isn’t special just tedious ! Also making Michael Fox a main character senseless. I am sorry to say this but his speech is already hard to understand and the character does not have a charismatic pull that some evil fictional people do – those that you love to hate.

    Josh Charles bought something special to the Good Wife and although he decided to leave I think the Kings could have handled it better and left the door open for him to return at some future date. After all this also happens in real life all the time, bereavement happens for both death and ending of a relationship so I don’t buy their explanation that killing him was the only way forward to make it “real”

    A connection with someone does not end with death or a relationship parting it stays with you and you learn to live with it … Now that is growing !

  38. sherylscott says:

    I really forward to next season. I wish Alicia and her husband start being a couple again or just get a divorce. He is already in office there is no need to pretend anymore.

  39. margaret says:

    Again the elephant still in the room archie and julianne its have relly gotten ridiclious kings will never let another actress have that kind of controll over any other show they create and what will the good wife look like without archie and kalinda it will look like a show missing a actress name archie panjabi playing a character name kalinda sharman good bye good wife hello goodfool