'The Good Wife' Bosses on Alicia's New Beginning, Will 'Unbound' and What's Next
[Warning: Major spoilers ahead from Sunday's episode, "Hitting the Fan."]
The Good Wife threw everything into the fire in Sunday's episode, "Hitting the Fan," when Will Gardner (Josh Charles) and Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) caught wind of Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and Cary Agos' (Matt Czuchry) plan to leave Lockhart/Gardner and take the firm's top clients, causing a flurry of chaos.
But don't expect the aftermath of Alicia and Cary's expedited departure to be swept under the rug. In fact, the next three episodes take place the following day, the following week and the following month after their split. Though Alicia and Cary may have been victorious poaching a major Lockhart/Gardner client, Internet search engine Chumhum (thanks in part to Alicia's husband Peter), the battle for dominance between Lockhart/Gardner and Florrick/Agos is just beginning.
"All the alliances going into episode five are now shaken up," executive producer Robert King told reporters on a recent conference call. "Now their calculuses, let's say, have been thrown asunder."
Robert King and executive producer Michelle King discuss the aftermath of Sunday's game-changing episode, including the repercussions of Alicia and Cary's split from Lockhart/Gardner and the troubles that lie ahead.
1. The episode showed a new side to Alicia. How does Alicia change as a result of splitting off from Lockhart/Gardner?
Robert King: The next episode after is the next day. What we really wanted [to show] is a warrior princess Alicia, that there's this gauntlet set down between her and Will that makes her a more competitive person. She's sent off on a warpath. In fact, in the writers' room, we found we had some stories we had to completely rebuild going into the future because it was a different Alicia -- a ballsy Alicia who was kicking ass and enjoying kicking ass. You always hate when there's an end of something and there's a depression that accompanies that.
2. Why does Alicia say "It's not personal" to Will after he fires her? Is it personal?
Robert: One of the things we were playing with was the cliches you tend to spout when you're in stressful situations of being fired. She'd catch herself; she'd say things like, "I have to try something new." She knew right when she was saying it that it was cliche. They can't talk about the personal without Alicia confessing that that's the real reason she's doing it.
Michelle King: In her head, she's trying to convince herself that it's nothing personal. She wants to believe that it's actually a professional decision.
3. The fundamentals of the show have now been changed. What does the world look like post-split?
Robert: Will's conversation with Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) is illustrative of where we're going. Will is really a man reborn. I hope you saw it in the episode. One of the things we wanted to avoid was too much of the tragedy of a breakup like this. Will is finding a new dedication to his passion for building [up]. Some of the disputes between him and Diane in other years were about how fast to grow and how in this economy you don't want to overextend yourself. Will's unbound. Once we saw the dailies, we realized, nothing can go backwards. It really is this new day, a new paradigm for the show.
Michelle: Basically what we told ourselves was any story we could have told before this episode, we have to take out because suddenly that no longer fits.
4. Peter does some ethically questionable things during the episode to nudge Alicia along on her new venture, even when she states that she wants have an ethically sound firm. With an ethics person overseeing him, will those actions come back to hurt Peter?
Robert: It's a possibility. For Peter (Chris Noth), one of his Achilles heels, is his ethical infractions in defense of his family. As other characters point out later on, he can hurt his family all he wants but if anyone else tries to do it he goes absolutely tribal. Bottom line is, as we pointed out in the beginning of the year, Illinois has a bad reputation of their governors going to prison so that is always a possibility.