Post Mortems

The Good Wife Creators Explain That Striking Final Scene: 'The Victim Becomes the Victimizer'

The following story contains spoilers about Sunday’s Good Wife finale. Proceed at your own peril

It was the slap heard ’round the world.

The Good Wife wrapped its seven-year run Sunday night with a boiling Diane striking Alicia across the left cheek. WTF, you might be asking? Allow series creators Robert and Michelle King to explain…

“We [felt] that it should begin with a slap and end with a slap,” says Robert King in the above video Q&A. “The story is about a woman who becomes more and more confident and more and more cunning and excited about her abilities and also about powers, so that slap at the end is very similar to [Alicia slapping Peter in the pilot] . We always had this idea of Alicia becoming more and more of something she was also not liking in her husband.”

Adds Michelle King: “The victim becomes the victimizer. And that’s really the circle that we see with Alicia.”

Robert notes that, “The story of Alicia is a bit of a tragedy. To be honest with the character she was moving in a direction where there wasn’t much room between who she was and who her husband was.”

For the full Q&A with the Kings, including their thoughts on the “ambiguous” conclusion to the Peter/Alicia/Jason triangle, press PLAY above. Then proceed to your comments with an answer to this question: Are you buying what they’re selling?