As ‘The Good Wife‘ prepares to wrap up its first season on May 25 (CBS, 10/9c), one large question remains: will Alicia (Julianna Margulies) stick by her husband Peter (Chris Noth) or pursue a relationship with Will (Josh Charles)?
We asked executive producer Robert King to preview the season finale of the drama EW dubbed “Spring TV’s Best Show,” take a look back at his favorite moments this year, and reveal what we can expect when the show returns for its sophomore season.
What were the high points of the season? Well, the highest point was working with this cast. It really is like being thrown the keys to a Ferrari and allowed to drive it as fast as one wants. We’re constantly looking around for adult supervision, and then we realize: hey, wait, we’re it. Second high point would probably be our collaboration with CBS. I know that sounds like blowing smoke, but we were so braced for being pushed to make it more case-dependent, we were thrilled when we all found ourselves on the same page and wanting the same show.
Do you have a favorite episode, line, or scene from this season? If so – what? Yes. Favorite episode was probably ‘Heart.’ This is the one where Alicia kisses Will then immediately goes home and sleeps with her husband. It’s nicely complicated, takes a lot of chances with female sexuality, and had a lot of craftsmen and women working at the top of their game. Favorite line was probably Eli Gold’s line to Becca: “I have a lot of friends. I’m sure you do too. Just mine aren’t in homeroom.” Scene-wise, I like a lot of the family meetings that Alicia had with her kids. Usually these kind of scenes are very linear and clichéd, so I liked how they went in very odd and interesting directions. I especially like the one where the kids, Zach and Grace, argue whether it’s more proper to say “threesome” or “three-way.”
Watch the latest episode below:
Take us inside your approach to the finale, and what you wanted to accomplish. The finale was hard because there were so many stories we wanted to shake up and keep going at the same time. There were also a lot of characters we love, and we wanted to see them in the finale. So our approach was a bit of an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink affair.
Did anything disappoint you about this season? Anything you wish you could have done, but didn’t have the time, forethought or resources? Yes, we really wanted our firm to lose more. It’s a difficult balance: trying to reflect reality and yet not have Alicia’s life be too dreary. We tried to thicken the results of these cases so they weren’t just seen as binary win or lose affairs. Our heroes would often win by losing or lose because they win, etc., but we’d love to find ways to more clearly reflect the trials and errors of a Junior Associate’s career. We also wanted to pursue a subplot involving a third partner for the law partner, but we just ran out of time; so we’ll do that next year.
What should fans look forward to next season? And if you haven’t gotten that far yet…what would your dream season be? Well, mostly there will be a thickening stew of politics and law. Alicia will find her life doesn’t get easier with her husband in the middle of a political campaign. She will also find a worthy nemesis in Cary who now works with Glenn Childs in the State’s Attorney office. Cary also gives us a point of view into the enemy’s camp, and we’ll see that basically the prosecutors are not unlike our leads. Lastly, we’ll be delving deeper into the personal connections in Alicia’s life: her family and friends. I think that’s it. We have some great stories to tell next year and we can’t wait to get started.
Preview Tuesday’s season finale: