The Good Wife Adds Margo Martindale — as [Spoiler]'s Secret Weapon?

Here’s hoping The Good Wife‘s Eli Gold is enjoying his summer vacation.

Emmy winner Margo Martindale is joining Season 7 of CBS’ acclaimed procedural in a recurring role — and her character is poised to clash with Alan Cumming’s tightly wound campaign manager.

Martindale (Justified, The Americans) will play Willa Eastman, “a top campaign operative responsible for past successes by underdog presidential candidates in Iowa.” She’s known for “hiding her intelligence and cunning under a fake, folksy charm.”

At the end of Season 6, Eli’s main man, Illinois governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), announced his intention to explore a bid for the nation’s highest office — so there’s a good chance Willa will likely be a part of his dark-horse campaign. (Either that, or she’ll be spearheading a bid by one of his opponents.)

“Every year we look for a character and an actor who can go toe-to-toe with Eli Gold and make him blink,” executive producers Robert and Michelle King said in a release. ”So we were thrilled when Margo Martindale agreed to play Willa Eastman. Her ability to mix comedy and drama is unparalleled. And we can’t wait to see how Margo and Alan deal with each other.”

Earlier this week, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Magic City, Extant) boarded Season 7 in the series-regular role of Alex, a calm and experienced hourly investigator whom Julianna Margulies’ Alicia hires (presumably) to work at her new firm.

Excited to see Martindale play in the Good Wife universe? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. Jan says:

    Love Martindale … she’s always a good addition to a show!

  2. Steven says:

    This show really does have the best casting department.

    • LT says:

      and then, sadly…when the actors get there, their characters get messed up and get little to no story or screen time. SIGH

      • Sam Shaw says:

        Oh my god, this x1000. Outside of a Ryan Murphy show, no one wastes amazing talent like the Kings.

        • rafael_ says:

          agree. It’s a pity for both actors and viewers. But the Kings don’t seem to care.

          • dman6015 says:

            It’s all about Margulies. She’s the “Star” and everyone else is just scenery. Look at what she did to Panjabi.

  3. Sarah says:

    Need her back full-time on The Americans though!

  4. Luis says:

    A plot line about a presidential campaign, after three quarters of S6 was occupied by another campaign. Color me doubtful

    • abz says:

      Politics have been apart of this show since the very beginning. As long as Eli Gold and Peter Florrick remain characters on the show, it’ll have to be a part of it somehow. It’ll probably be to a lesser extent this season since Alicia isn’t the one campaigning.

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  6. Gwen says:

    Oh, I love her! What a wonderful addition to this cast!

  7. FtheFreys says:

    Great news!

  8. matty says:

    This season’s casting updates aren’t making me very excited, probably because of how poorly the new cast additions were utilized last season.

  9. Good wife is not a procedral. That’s a nasty slur of hate.

  10. Marci says:

    I was questioning whether or not I wanted to continue with this show, but with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Margo Martindale joining the cast, I’ll definitely continue with it. Can’t wait to see Margo’s character sparring with Eli.

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    Tianji, Ma Yinghui and Cui Minghui wyróżniono za ten projekt w prestiżowym konkursie Red
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  12. Jeri says:

    Hope she can work her magic here.