Spoilers from The Good Wife finale can be found throughout this article
Like a lot of major finales, last night’s final episode of The Good Wife was a mixed bag of long-awaited moments and odd endings that ended on a bit of a cliffhanger as Alicia struggled to figure out whether or not Peter or Jason was the person she wanted to spend time with in the future. Her spiritual guide as she tried to figure out the future was none other than Will Gardner, and Josh Charles’ rapport with Julianna Margulies during these key scenes was a fitting tribute to his character's importance on the series, as well as reminded us what we’ve been missing as Alicia grew colder and colder over the last several seasons. It ended without a resolution regarding Alicia’s ultimate choice, and showrunners Robert and Michelle King wrote an open letter after the episode explaining why The Good Wife chose that ending. Here’s what they had to say.
Cliffhanger endings have become trendier on television. Both The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones have used them over the last year, but in the case of both of those shows, they didn’t happen during a series finale. A series finale cliffhanger is less common, although The Sopranos memorably used that sort of format in its final episode. In the case of CBS’ The Good Wife, it was even odder, as no one’s life was on the line. Instead, Alicia was set to make a romantic choice, but didn’t really get the opportunity.
What happened instead was that Alicia asked Jason to wait for her. She then told Peter she would accompany him as he stepped down as the Governor of Illinois. They held hands when they walked in in a show of support, but when Peter reached her hand at the end of the press conference, Alicia had already run off to chase after Jason, giving us a hint about her ultimate choice. Regardless, Alicia never reached Jason. Instead she encountered Diane in a hallway. Diane was upset because earlier in the episode Alicia made public evidence of an affair her husband Kurt had had while he was doing a routine bullet analysis, hoping that it would discredit Kurt and help Peter. Diane was pissed. She slapped Alicia, mirroring a scene early on in the series when Alicia had done the same to Peter. As it turns out, it was a carefully orchestrated callback.
All in all, it was a very decisive episode of The Good Wife and a very strange way to end a series overall. Julianna Margulies even noted that fans may not like the series ender before the episode aired, so it’s no surprise that the creators felt like they needed to address what happened. Personally, I feel The Good Wife has been a mixed bag since shortly after Josh Charles left and the firms split. So, a mixed bag finale was probably fitting, as well. If you'd like to learn more about the ending, you can read the full letter, here.
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