The creators of “The Good Wife,” the CBS legal drama often named one of the best shows on television, have some thoughts about Sunday night’s upcoming finale. But before we get to anything, is this going to be a situation where we get an insane cliffhanger and then a network mercilessly cancels a show? After all, CBS hasn’t made a renewal announcement.
Robert King laughs. “We’re three weeks into writing Season 7…and spending money like drunk sailors,” says Robert, one half of the showrunner team (the other half is his wife, Michelle King). “It would have to be a terrible prank on Les Moonves’s part.”
We’ll take that as a yes, and that Moonves, CBS Corp. president, has given the green light even though the network doesn’t officially confirm its schedule until next Wednesday during broadcast upfront week in New York City.
While it’s occasionally rumored the show will end after the seventh season, the Kings are mum about a specific end date. After all, they have lots of guest stars that they would love to bring back for more screen time, along with a never-ending supply of real world madness for potential plot lines. “The Good Wife” often dives into the technological sphere for stories, from the NSA to e-mail hacks, which inspired a major story line this season.
“Technology is something new….that has not been done in every law show,” Michelle King said. “It’s really tough to find a murder [plot] that hasn’t been shown.”
Anyway, this Sunday’s finale: We’ll see more fallout from Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) disastrous run for state’s attorney, as well as the return of Kalinda (Archie Panjabi), who abruptly took off a couple weeks ago. “The Good Wife” regularly blows up the very high-stakes game it builds, from the shocking death of series regular Will Gardner (Josh Charles) to the downfall of Alicia Florrick. After a season-long story line fighting to be elected as state’s attorney, Alicia got unfairly caught up in a voter fraud scandal, forcing her to step down before she even took office.
Robert King says the writers intentionally left a few episodes in the season after everything fell apart with Alicia, and there’s a little “settling of all the broken china” in the finale. In between all of that drama, Finn (Matthew Goode) will have to answer Alicia’s question about joining her new law firm; and we’ll see the return of guest stars including Michael J. Fox and Wallace Shawn.
And yes, the Kings are well-aware that Alicia and Kalinda (formerly best friends) haven’t shared a scene in the same room for more than two seasons — their relationship will be addressed, somehow. Robert King says viewers will be pleased with Kalinda’s return in the finale, even though Archie Panjabi is leaving the series after this episode.