The Good Wife starts off its new season where it left off. Exactly where it left off, as a matter of fact, as the cliff hanger conversation between Eli and Alicia concludes. Producers Robert and Michelle King spoke with media this weekend about what is next for the program after last year’s dramatic series of events.
Those dramatic events included the messy departure of Alicia and Cary from Lockhart/Gardner, and then the entirely unexpected death of Will, a central figure on the show from day one. As reviewer Jason Lynch wrote friday in The Daily Beast, Will’s death has allowed the show to evolve.
“So much is going on [in the season premiere], in fact, that it wasn’t until much later that I realized that one character was never referenced, possibly for the first time: the late Will Gardner. Now it can be said: Josh Charles’ exit last March, as shocking and painful as it was, is probably the best thing that could have happened to The Good Wife in the long run, and one of the main reasons this show, and these characters we’ve spent five years with, suddenly seem so fresh.”
From reports, it seems The Good Wife tradition of throwing viewers off course with an unanticipated series of events comes to pass almost immediately in the season premiere. While viewers expect, and will receive, more discussion about Alicia’s political future and whether she will be convinced by Eli’s arguments that she should run for State’s Attorney, there is also more drama on deck.
Diane Lockhart, Alicia’s one time mentor, foe, and colleague — sometimes all at once — may make the move to Floorick/Agos. Finn Polmar, the lawyer who was in the courtroom when Will was shot and who later struck up a friendship with Alicia, is back with a prominent storyline in the season premiere. Kalinda, the always-compelling investigator with a mysterious past, gets into a new “entanglement.”
As the producers told Entertainment Weekly, “we love danger,” in response to a question about Alicia’s admission to Peter’s mother last season that the two have an open marriage.
“Alicia made that declaration when she was deeply in mourning for Will, and it seemed a little bit rooted in anger, and yet it came out of her mouth, and she’s standing by it.”
The Hollywood Reporter lists off the numerous guest stars that are set to appear this year. Returning are recurring actors Carrie Preston and Kyle MacLachlan, playing the red-headed Elsbeth Tascioni and her suitor Josh Perotti. Michael J. Fox is back as the disruptive force in the Lockhart/Gardner world, Louis Canning.
Alicia is set to meet feminist icon Gloria Steinem, while David Hyde Pierce, Samantha Mathis, Taye Diggs, Connie Nielsen, and Steven Pasquale all have upcoming storylines.
The Good Wife premieres tonight on CBS.
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