The Good Wife Spoilers

Good Wife Boss Teases Voicemail Fallout, Resurrection of 'Willicia'

Just when Alicia thought she was out, Eli pulled her back into the emotional tsunami surrounding Will’s sudden death. Now, prepare for the fallout.

Below, Good Wife co-creator Robert King answers our burning questions about the revived five-year-old plot thread from Sunday’s fall finale that found Eli admitting to Alicia that he intercepted — and promptly deleted — a voicemail in which Will declared his love for her. The EP also teases the impact the reveal will have on Alicia’s relationships with Diane, Jason and (yes) Will.

TVLINE | Why did you wait so long to revive voicemail-gate?
A few reasons. We like that problems don’t really go away on the show — just as they don’t go away in life. It makes it feel like the characters have lives beyond the confines of seasonal arcs and denouements. We also wanted the viewers to forget about an event from seasons past; it makes it much more surprising when it comes back. Last reason: we want the first and seventh season to feel like they’re coming full circle.

TVLINE | Was this always the way you intended for Alicia to learn the truth?
We knew it would always come very late, and it would require a vulnerable Eli and an Alicia who felt she had moved on from Will’s death. But it was only at the beginning of this season that we actually placed the specific episode.

TVLINE | How does this impact the way Alicia views her relationship with Will. What regrets, if any, does she have?
It reopens a wound. The death of a loved one never really goes away. We all have a “sliding doors” fantasy of life. If we could just go back and choose the left path instead of the right, everything would be different: Will would be alive, Alicia would be living a happy and passionate life with him, and everything would be great. The regrets are probably magical and fantastical, but that doesn’t make them any less painful.

TVLINE | Will the resurrection of Will’s ghost lead to any newly shot flashback sequences with Josh Charles?
No. Unfortunately.

TVLINE | Fans are concerned that this storyline will mark the beginning of the end for Eli. Should they be?
No, not at all. Alan Cumming is in all the episodes this season. Life will be very difficult, but Eli is a survivor.

TVLINE | How will this revelation impact Alicia and Jason?
It will throw a monkey wrench into their attraction. Alicia knows it’s not fair, but she has been hurt by love and passion. It tends to make one gun shy. Jason, for his part, likes things to be uncomplicated; and Alicia’s life is anything but that.

TVLINE | The other elephant in the room is that Peter rigged the election to help Alicia — is Eli also going to confess that secret to her in an effort to fully clear the air?
To quote the Great McGinty, Eli had his “one crazy minute of honesty.” He was vulnerable, and guilt-ridden, and self-pitying, and he divulged something he didn’t have to. And now he’ll pay for it. Honesty, unfortunately, isn’t really the best policy on our show. It will be very hard for Eli to be honest again.

TVLINE | Since Will’s sudden death, Alicia’s closest connection to him has been Diane — but their relationship has been icy at best in Season 7. Will this revelation in any way send Alicia back into Diane’s orbit?
Yes. And Lucca’s. Things go around a lot on our show, but Alicia always seems to be in search of home — a place where they have to take you in.

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  1. Pixel says:

    Fans were also concerned about Diane AND Cary storyline that season. But according to that interview that concern didn’t deserve any mention.

  2. Audrey says:

    Is “Willicia” the couple of the blind item (december 7th)?

  3. Hayes says:

    So is that a confirmation that this season is the last?

  4. X says:

    The voicemail is stupid. The show needs to move on from Will. Eli telling Alicia because of a broken heart is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Bring back Finn!! He’s the only love interest that had serious potential. He and Alicia had really good chemistry together.

    • cookie says:

      X you r so wrong! ! Eli erasing the voice mail was just wrong. Alicia would have made different decisions based on that voice mail. She was crazy in love with Will. She would have thrown caution to the wind and never looked back.

      • Gracie says:

        Hear, hear, cookie.
        I could totally feel Alicia in that moment. I also love that they brought this back, as usual, they’re right, it *is* realistic. Still miss Will, btw. If they ever (seems they won’t) had anything like Will and Alicia scenes (memory pops) again, I would *so* be tuning in. If it ever happens, I hope they publicize it enough to where I can note it and make sure to be there in front of my TV that night. But, since it’s the last part of the last season, the Kings probably know already what the last part of season seven will look like and seem to have ruled out anything like this. (Btw, thanks to the interviewer who asked the q). Oh well. If the Kings have a new show after this, I’m so giving it a try. They’re two of the most genius writers out there. And seem to be just great peeps, in general.

      • Z says:

        She wouldn’t have left Peter anyway, that’s not how she was at the time. It took her finding out about the Kalinda affair to start things with Will, then she CHOSE to end things after a few months. The voicemail is irrelevant, and frankly it reeks of soapy drama. Must be the final season.

  5. Dave says:

    I’m reading into the comment that the Kings want first and seventh seasons to come full circle as an unofficial confirmation that this is the final season of the series – as has been long suspected.

  6. Kenbud says:

    Love Lucca. Best new character on the show in years …

  7. Helen says:

    Every time Alicia gets close to someone and you enjoy their relationship (albeit friends or romantic), something happens that rips the rug out from under it and she is once again riding solo. Hard to figure out if it’s because JM doesn’t play well with others, or because the writers are trying to make it so that the character is constantly unsettled with every relationship in her life. Either way, it’s making it hard for the viewer to like her. It’s tedious.

  8. Tess says:

    “Sliding Doors?” Regrets? Are they going to rewrite history as if Eli got in the way of Will and Alicia’s epic romance? We already know what could have been because it already happened. They had their chance at love then Alicia up and bailed.

    • rowan77 says:

      It did just fade out within a few months, didn’t it? It was like the Kings didn’t know what to do with Will and Alicia as a couple so it just fizzled out.

  9. Susannah says:

    IT seems like Eli was the last original cast member that Alicia had any regular contact with other than Grace. We haven’t seen much of Cary/Alicia, Diane/Alicia, even Peter/Alicia isn’t that common anymore. I’d like to have Alicia, Cary and Diane share some scenes again.

  10. matty says:

    I am more interested if we’ll ever find out what the scrambled voicemail Will sent before his death was about! I guess that is one we’ll never know.

  11. JosiahBartlet4President says:

    “The Good Wife” is one of the only network shows I watch now because it has intelligent writing and good acting. However, revisiting the voicemail after all this time seems like they said, “Hmm how can we keep this exciting? Oh yeah! What about the voicemail from a million years ago?”

  12. bridyyc says:

    I’m surprised you didn’t ask him where Robyn is so that he can give you another lame answer about how they can’t afford to fly her to New York…

  13. aph1976 says:

    ‘m sure there will be fallout because i’m sure the show didn’t bring the voicemail back up for nothing.As for Alicia, i think she finally dealt with Will’s death and any regrets she might have had regarding their relationship but this could bring it all back up again for her.Plus maybe even if she had heard that Will’s message all those years ago maybe it wouldn’t have changed anything but now Alicia may have wonder if things might have been different.Plus Eli took that choice away from her by erasing that email.