I’m still speechless after The Good Wife Season 7 Episode 22. Well, I actually had quite a bit to say during the closing credits, but none of it is fit to write here.
What the hell was that?
How could such a wonderful show with such an overall fantastic final episode end up being so completely unsatisfying?
Because I enjoyed this series finale from the very beginning until the second to last minute, then it made me want to throw something at the screen.
It’s such a shame because there were so many great moments that will be overshadowed by such a lame ending.
Like Peter and Grace’s conversation about him taking the deal…
Grace: But Dad, you have to fight this.
Peter: I can't risk being away from you until you're thirty.
Grace: But it's two years.
Peter: I'm going to be at your graduation in the front row.
Despite all of Peter’s faults, he’s always been a good dad. It seemed right to hear Peter worrying about all that he’d miss if he rolled the dice and lost. Ten years is a lot of life to lose.
It was also a relief not to have to see Zack one last time. Let’s hope he’s enjoying his wanna-be writing career in France before his sure-to-be-short-lived-marriage sends him running back home to ask Peter for help. I say Peter because I'm fairly sure he'll have better luck with him than Alicia.
Apparently, I was wrong last week when I assumed that Alicia wasn’t representing Peter. Diane was lead council, but Alicia referred to Peter as her client several times, and that led to one of the worst decisions she’s ever made.
But before we go there, let’s talk about Will.
I miss Will Gardner and “End” only served to remind me why. Will was serious about the law, but that never stopped him from being witty and fun and completely charming.
Alicia: I'll love you forever.
Will: I'm okay with that.
Will could make even the most boring parts of the law seem interesting and even sexy. How could Alicia not love him?
But did he hate Alicia? The ironic thing is, I don’t think he hated her when she ended their affair. It hurt, but he accepted it. It was when she plotted behind his back to steal clients and start her own firm that he truly despised her, and it was easy to understand why.
Will always had Alicia’s back and gave her a place in his firm and a second chance at a career when no one else would.
Perhaps Alicia’s treatment of Will should have been a warning for how she’d handle Diane.
Alicia gave this The Good Wife quote to the AUSA while negotiating Peter’s plea deal…
You think you can play the emotional card with me? You think I'm going to break down and cry? Look at me. Do I look like I’m breaking down?Alicia
It seems that Alicia has gotten so damned good at compartmentalizing her emotions that she barely feels them. What other explanation is there for how she turned on Diane?
Alicia’s first priority was to protect Peter, but how could she look Diane in the eye as though nothing had happened after going behind her back with Lucca accusing Kurt of having an affair in open court?
It was hurtful and humiliating, and God only knows what kind of conversation Kurt and Diane had about it afterwards.
Alicia deserved that slap. I’d guess that’s a bridge that can’t be unburned.
Elsewhere, Peter got completely blindsided by the news that Eli was ready to groom Alicia for public office. Win or lose, Peter’s career was over, only he was the last to realize it.
The downside of Peter’s trial and Will’s reappearance, as much as I enjoyed both, was that it left very little room for Jason.
Jason: Your husband needs you. I think sometimes you need to be needed. It keeps you from taking over.
Alicia: Wait for me, okay? Just wait.
Alicia asked Jason to wait for her, but was it too little too late?
I think Jason did love her but was scared that she didn’t feel the same way. Alicia still had no clue what she wanted other than not to be alone.
So now what? I’d be surprised if Diane didn’t try to force Alicia out of the firm after that stunt. Peter will pick up the pieces and start something new. Grace gets to go off to college, and Cary is a guest lecturer at a college.
Is that Cary’s calling? I don’t know but I liked that Cary was the one who searched for the bullets and found the owner of the mysterious cell phone. Cary believes in the truth. He believes in the law. With all he’s learned he’d probably make a great law professor.
But what about Alicia? Will she continue with the law or move on to politics? Will Jason return or is that over? Will she even attempt to make amends with Diane or consider that relationship a thing of the past?
In the end, Alicia is no longer the victim. She’s no longer weak or easily led, but that doesn’t make this ending satisfying, only frustrating. All we’re left with is Alicia alone after turning on one of her closest friends, or I should say colleagues, because I'm not sure Alicia truly has friends.
It all has Alicia Florrick appearing generally unlikable. That's a shame for fans who invested in seven seasons.
Be sure to check back later this week to find out what The Good Wife round table team thought of the ending and which character they’d choose for a The Good Wife spinoff in the future.
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.