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The Good Wife Creators: Alicia Was Supposed to Have Happy Ending, But...

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That epic slap was not the end of the story.

Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King intended to tack an extra scene onto last spring’s polarizing series finale. The additional footage would’ve made it clear that Alicia (Julianna Margulies) ended up with Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Jason. Instead, the episode concluded with Diane (Christine Baranski) smacking Alicia upside the head.

During a Q&A Thursday at the Scripted television conference in New York (attended by our sister site Variety), the Kings confirmed a statement made by Morgan over the summer that shortly after production on the finale wrapped they tried to bring him back to New York to shoot a quick new scene with Margulies. But Morgan couldn’t get the time off from The Walking Dead, which is based in Atlanta.

Robert King (who is currently in production on the Good Wife spinoff The Good Fight) added that perhaps it all worked out for the best, musing that a shot of Alicia falling into the arms of [Jason] would have been “too much of a cop-out.”

Back in August, Morgan told Entertainment Weekly that he, like many fans, “didn’t like” the dark, ambiguous ending that aired. “We raised so many questions about Jason and this relationship that he had with Alicia that I felt like nothing was ever answered, you know?” he said. “So I walked away frustrated for my character and Alicia’s character in not having any kind of closure with that.”

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