‘The Good Wife’: Fans May ‘Hate’ The Series Finale, Says Julianna Margulies

It’s no secret that The Good Wife has brought Alicia and Peter Florrick back to where they started — in a sense. While Julianna Margulies’ character is again standing by her man, she hasn’t agreed to do so readily. She prefaced her conversation with Peter by finally asking for a divorce. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Margulies spilled some details about the show’s final scene and said not everyone is going to like it.

“At the beginning of the series, there was Alicia, standing by the side of her man. For the finale, the Kings did something so brilliant with the way she reacts to how they’re standing at the podium once again. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but you’ll see a very subtle thing at the end that she does physically with Peter that’s very different from when you first met the two of them. There’s definitely a callback to the first episode.

“Christine [Baranski] and I were filming the scene late on Friday night, and I looked at her and I said, ‘The fans are either going to love this or they’re going to hate this, but there’s not going to be an in-between.'”

Margulies revealed she felt “shaky” after reading the episode’s script. Show producers Robert and Michelle King had sent over a bottle of wine, Alicia’s favorite evening beverage, for her to drink as she read through the final installment. She read the script four times before emailing the Kings with feedback, calling the story “brilliant.”

'The Good Wife' Julianna Margulies and Christine Baranski
Julianna Margulies told 'Entertainment Weekly' that she spoke with co-star Christine Baranski about fans' potential reaction to the final 'Good Wife' scene. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

But the series has other activities in store to wrap up the seven years of character evolution. The Hollywood Reporter noted that a still photo from an upcoming episode shows Alicia in front of a Bankers Box labelled “Lockhart, Florrick & Associates,” perhaps indicating that the Governor’s wife — or soon-to-be ex-wife — takes Diane up on her offer to be at the helm of an all-female (or female-led) firm, despite warnings from Cary Agos, who quit the firm a few weeks back.

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The series finale of 'The Good Wife' is set to mirror the show's beginning, with a storyline focused heavily on the relationship between Alicia and Peter Florrick. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Sunday, April 24, The Good Wife‘s third-to-last episode will feature a party to celebrate the pending nuptials for Howard Lyman, Diane’s former law partner, and Jackie Florrick, Peter’s mother. Fans can expect some favorite characters to return, like the Florricks’ daughter Grace, and Alicia’s brother and mother. The series’ central couple will also share some of Alicia’s favorite drink.

Things may reach a crucial moment in Alicia’s relationship with Jason Crouse. In a preview clip uploaded by Carter Matt, she is shown expressing doubts to her friend Lucca Quinn. This may add to the complexity of the last few shows, as Alicia has to deal with a husband, a lover and — potentially — the memory of her deceased love Will Gardner. Although the show has not confirmed the news, it was reported that Josh Charles, who played Gardner, will appear in the series finale in newly-shot flashbacks.

The last episode of The Good Wife will air Sunday, May 8. The show airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on CBS.

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