The Good Wife: 11 Possible Exit Strategies for Archie Panjabi's Kalinda

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The Good Wife without the tough, resourceful and mysteriously sexy Kalinda Sharma?

It sounds almost inconceivable — yet it will be the new reality for CBS’ acclaimed drama now that Emmy winner Archie Panjabi has announced her intention to exit the series at the end of the current sixth season.

Yet as Panjabi plots her next move — she’s signed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV to headline a potential drama pilot for the 2015-16 TV season — Good Wife showrunners Robert and Michelle King will have to figure out a way for Kalinda to exit, if not gracefully, then at least dramatically.

Considering Season 5’s shocking twist — the unexpected death of Alicia’s erstwhile boss and lover Will Gardner (Josh Charles) — killing off Kalinda seems like a long shot.

With that in mind, we’ve brainstormed 11 potential exit strategies for Kalinda — from the logical to the downright whimsical.

Click through the gallery below for our thoughts, then hit the comments and tell us how you envision The Lady Sharma’s sendoff.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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43 Comments
  1. Tav says:

    “killing off Kalinda seems like a long shot.”
    Haaaaaa
    Are we talking about the same show? The show that has been steadily degrading and devaluing her character for the past 2 years? Kalinda will probably end up horribly murdered or in prison, I would expect nothing less from Julianna and the Kings.

  2. JAO says:

    Ooh, good ones. I vote for Ray Donovan!

  3. Pia says:

    #6 is my favorite.

  4. Steven says:

    I would die a happy man if she ended up becoming Annalise’s new investigator how HTGAWM. It would never happen, but it would be amazing.

  5. Chris says:

    “Is this because I’m a lesbian?”
    Nice L&O burn!!

    • schu says:

      Thought of it right away too! Haha, good one. I really do wonder how she’ll go out though, hopefully with a bang, stealing away into the night would be acceptable for the character, but I’d like a solid goodbye for her, she deserves it.

    • VanBuren rules says:

      Yesss! One of the dumbest Law & Order lines ever. Deserving to be mocked endlessly.

  6. K says:

    I was looking for the soap opera ending – Kalinda leaves town to have Cary’s baby. 6 months later a 17 year old kid goes to Florrick Agos looking for his father.

  7. tahina45 says:

    I hate her leaving, but #6 would be great! and she is not a lesbian, Kalinda is bi.

  8. Jan says:

    My previous response didn’t post. Guess #6 is most appropriate for her character. I would like to see her relationship with Alicia warm up a bit before she goes. And, she’s Bi … right?

  9. Kim R says:

    I like #6. Fitting.

  10. Glenn says:

    Maybe they could write her out by having her get offered a job on “Darkness At Noon” :)

  11. rebecca says:

    I wouldn’t hate it if she went away with Lana.

    • lechatnoir says:

      that’s because none of those girls she hooked up with was remotely lesbian. I found both chicas sexy separately but the blond FBI cop portrayed a lesbun horribly .She made it look like a joke.

      • CJ says:

        You mean the blond cop Jenna. The FBI agent is Lana Delaney, she’s a brunette. Lana is the best match for Kalinda and has been on the show the most often out of all the female love interests for Kalinda.

  12. This is too sad! I’m not ready to accept Kalinda moving on yet, unless it’s to her own spinoff with Cary.

  13. abz says:

    I’m surprised to see that none of the suggestions were that she finally decides to take up ex-lover Lana Delany’s (who I really hope returns to the show at some point soon) job offer to work for the FBI.
    #6 is one of my favorite suggestions because it’s so Kalinda (although I do feel like I would be a bit disappointed if that were to be her ending). However, I would also love to see the husband storyline being brought up once more at some point because we all know she did it lol (I was among the minority who didn’t hate the arc as much as a lot of other people seemed to).

  14. asm says:

    Juliana Margulies kills her. Err, I mean, Alicia kills her…

  15. asm says:

    1. Gets cancer/HIV. 2. Become the next State Attorney. 3. Have an affair with the hot Keith Lieberthal. 4. Sentenced in jail for killing Alicia.

  16. moni says:

    I really HOPE she rides into the sunset with Lana

  17. SAP says:

    Love the Ray Donovan one!!!

  18. dman6015 says:

    I think she’ll just disappear one day, never to be heard from again. Leaves a mystery as to whether she just left or she was killed by someone (there are plenty) from her past.

  19. Deena says:

    Witness protection maybe? Because of Bishop.

  20. Grey says:

    My vote is for #2 or #6. :D

  21. Luis says:

    Oh, Number 11 was just cruel. Somewhere, Elizabeth Rohm just bit her lip wistfully.

  22. Judy Walker says:

    Shades of L&O! I love #11.

  23. Sorry to see her go. She is an asset to the program.

  24. Oh... says:

    I’m not sad to see Kalinda go…I’m just not, so any way she leaves is fine with me.

  25. leman says:

    Robert: Trying to explain why is a lot harder. How is the easiest: a hit and run victim after a night out – nothing to explain! Sudden, but she leaves with viewers’ heartfelt love…………?

  26. ENJ GIRL says:

    2…6….10…Will left I stop watching 90%…sort of started back to see her & Cary…she’s leaving “””UM GONE”””.. !!!

  27. I like the idea she would go to jail for Cary. Sounds like that way she could come back to the show if she wants.

  28. Leanne says:

    I like number #3

  29. Judi says:

    #6.She leaves on her own terms.

  30. Bern says:

    I like #6 th a t way if she changes her mine she can come back

  31. Mark says:

    Goes after Bishop….then is either killed in the attempt or survives and drives off into the night never to be seen again.

  32. Richard W. Potter says:

    The first three and the sixth scenarios seem to be the most plausible. The others were either stupid or tongue in cheek. What probably will happen is Bishop will kill her after finding out she is going to turn state’s evidence against him. Kalinda could also be convicted and later released if her Fox show doesn’t work out.