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The Aftermath: The Good Wife Creators Reflect on Finale, Look Ahead to Next Season

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The Good Wife season finale, “Closing Arguments,” certainly finished out the spring campaign on a buzz-worthy note, as Alicia and Will finally got together.

That was only part of what made for such a terrific episode (and season), however.

Robert and Michelle King, the married co-creators and co-executive producers of The Good Wife, broke down the episode with Entertainment Weekly today.

Excerpts from their Q&A with EW below ...

Into the Presidential Suite

On whether the final sequence was always intended to be the end of Season 2: “I think one of the things we wanted to do was not have this year end as kind of a cliffhanger. We didn’t want to just tease the audience with, ‘Oh come back come back to us,’” says Robert.

“It was something that satisfied the question of this year, and we think that’s what this season did. But then there are all these repercussions."

"The nice thing about this show for us is it’s playing a little more like life, which is there are all these satisfying moments in life but they also have ripples, a ripple effect afterwards."

"That’s what we think will happen next year.”

On Will and Alicia’s working relationship going forward: “I mean, look, he’s her boss," Michelle says. "There’s a satisfaction in seeing them together, but that is going to be awkward. And also Alicia is going to become more desirable to other law firms, and the combination of that and what happened is going to put some strain on that relationship.”

On Alicia and Kalinda's broken friendship: “They are in a very bad place at the end of this season,” Robert says. “What we kind of want to explore is: Can friendship come back from that? Because if there’s anything that Alicia needs in her life, it’s friends."

On Kalinda’s sexual interaction with Sophia: “We don't actually think of Kalinda as villainous, per se,” explains Michelle. “It’s just that she’s hedonistic and we wanted to dramatize what happens when that hedonism bumps up against her friendship."

"The thinking is that her feelings do change about her behavior somewhat and suddenly something she wouldn’t have thought twice about - which was fooling around with a married woman - suddenly does seem real to her.”

On Eli (Alan Cumming) joining Lockhart Gardner: “It felt an interesting way to rethink the Eli and Alicia relationship by having him be her boss,” says Robert. “One of the things was because we got Alan Cumming - we were happy that that worked out - our hope was also to use Eli somehow in-house."

On Peter sending that essential evidence/glove to Lockhart Gardner: “We kind of wanted to be a little mysterious with that,” says Robert. “At the moment you’re thinking it is about the transition, which Diane mentioned. The bottom line is when the new state’s attorney comes in, they kind of sweep out all their problems, and this was a problem for them."

"It was a glove that was held possibly in the evidence room, or was misfiled. So we kicked it out the door. But you’re wondering whether it was because he has some good in him. That’s part of the exploration next year: How much is Peter truly a changed man and how much is he not?”

On what’s going to happen in Season 3: “Our theme for it is taking risks, and I think the bottom line is what we’re finding with Alicia is that now that she’s come out of her shell and she’s getting stronger and stronger,” says Robert.

“She’s trying to push whatever minimal power she has. And I think the other key is that Kalinda is becoming a more fully formed person. Can she maintain her fight? That is part of where we’re headed.”

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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The Good Wife is one of the classiest series to hit TV. Too bad they're "smutting" it up with this sick thing between Kalinda and Nick. Why does this show need this? This belongs on Criminal Minds, not a classy show like Good Wife. Sick.

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Always the best content from these prodigious wirtres.

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I watch the show from time to time but keep having the guilty feeling come back everytime, my one night fling that cost me my family anf selfrespect.
If I didn't know better that this was a TV show I would have thought someone was looking into my personel life. It is a take off on me about throwing my husband out for what I thought he was cheating and going back to work as a legal secretary after 15 years. To my surprise my boss was an old school friend and we became friendly in a sexual way before any divorce went on. Any way to make a long story short are affair got out at work and i got fired by higher ups, then everyone found out including my kids 16 and 14 teenagers along with my sone to be EX. I was totally devistated when my world fell apart when my husband divorced me and my kids went with him they were ashamed of me plus my husband was not cheating after all just working a second job so we could have a great vacation.
Till this day I live alone and my family will not make any contact with me for my infidelity.

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I love reading all these comments about the show, I'm a real diehard Peter fan and think he is getting a raw deal from guess who. They claim from the beginning that he cheated with A hooker not 18 of them and just near the end of season 2 that he had a one night with Kalinda back when.
Why don't the writers make it right and clear him of all infidelitys, I'm a backer to the wisdom of old Mr, Stern who said to Alicia he was set up. The Kalinda deal was a coverup about her and what happened up in Canada she is running from and Peter helped her get fired so not to suspect what it was.
This would be a real bombshell to an already hot story and would really set the Alicia world sky high with a guilt trip with no return from humiliation she would feel.

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Hey writers I hope you all have been working on an episode where the kids find out about their mother and Will in the hotel room, we can't wait for that blowup to happen. How about that Robert and Michelle you can create a real good story line on how mom goes from perfect to the lowest liar in their lives.
In this day and age morality seems to have been thrown out the window and everyone thinks she needs to have happiness and a fast piece, don't forget that you are on a national channel CBS and not HBO or any other cable late night show where some are semi-porn where this type of action happens. So how about writing a script that takes infidelity on her part out and put Will on the back burner.

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Robert and Michelle can you please start writing a script that can make some sense about Alicia, you keep saying that she’s come out of her shell and she’s getting stronger and stronger. I totally disagree you have her being a puppet to the firm and the people around her, this isn't about Peter it is more about Will. The way her part is either dumb or stupid which makes this series a soap opera which is going nowhere, how about putting it back on track and start showing more about how Peter has changed from the beggining and clear up the Kalinda saga which I think was not an affair at all was it.
I hope season 3 opens up with a bang to Alicia about what she did and how it will hurt her children, this will make for showing the stupidity she has shown with her adulters affair and how she was no better than Peter. Sepperated or not it is still adultry and puts her in an awkward position with everyone around her.

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They are deeply attracted to each other and everytime they are together we are waiting for her to bail out. I am trying to see where, it is starting to explode on her because she can't get her head out of the clouds and realize what a major mistake she has made with her life and family with everyone telling her what to do.
The writers should rewrite her moving on and getting a new job and friends she can depend on not Will, If the final episode has her doing the adultry thing then she might want to relook at herself and see why things happen and what will happen when it gets out. The picture will not be pretty.

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Thank you for this absolutely amazing programme. i just cant get enough of it. Despite all this arguement on the cheating factor, the story is great. This Will/Alicia attraction is so full of suspense and thats whats make it so exciting. its like we know that they are deeply attracted to each other and everytime they are together we are waiting for something to happen. the build up and suspense "just loving it",its what keeps us wanting more and more.to the writers Mr & Mrs King, well done, and i hope you continue with this story for a very long time. you have created an all in one programme,(drama, love, suspense.Just wanted to say that for all those who have negative comments, you have a choice, nobody is holding a gun to your head and telling you to watch it.find something that suits your liking.

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Good lord. Reading these comments ...you're all a worry. It's a TV programme, HELLO. Ffs, quoting the bible's not gonna help anyone... You god-bothering Americans are one hell of a worry. The sane ones amongst you must be really embarrassed.
Quality show. Just fab characterisation. Archie could've worked on her American accent a bit better but who cares. I don't know who I fancy more - Will, Alicia, Diane, Kalinda, Eli, or the ballistics guy. All of them! Gutted season has finished!
& yes, Will & Alicia - finally :) ...classy. (thought Eli was in with a chance for a minute there seeing a 'closening' of their relationship)

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Good lord. Reading these comments ...you're all a worry. It's a TV programme, HELLO. Ffs, quoting the bible's not gonna help anyone... You god-bothering Americans are one hell of a worry. The sane ones amongst you must be really embarrassed.
Quality show. Just fab characterisation. Archie could've worked on her American accent a bit better but who cares. I don't know who I fancy more - Will, Alicia, Diane, Kalinda, Eli, or the ballistics guy. All of them! Gutted season has finished!

Good Wife Quotes

Alicia: I'm just so tired of this.
Kalinda: That's what people like Cary count on.

Alicia Florrick: The last time I was in Court it was 13 years ago.
Kalinda Sharma: Wow, I was twelve!
Alicia Florrick: Thanks.

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