AS SEASON three of juicy legal drama The Good Wife nears its end, it been a hectic ride for Josh Charles’s no- holds- barred lawyer character Will Gardner.
Season three opened in steamy style, with Will and Alicia ( Julianna Margulies) fully in the throes of their steamy affair, trying desperately to keep it under wraps from co- workers, family and enemies.
But the pair were unmasked, and now, with Will suspended from practicing law after being caught out over an old bribery scandal, the pair have been forced to call it quits.
Charles says his character’s personal life has always been a casualty of his fierce career ambition, in a back story that has slowly revealed itself over three seasons.
Basically, especially when it comes to him loving Alicia, it’s been a whole set of complications, Charles concedes.
There is a basic deep love there, but there’s a lot of reasons they
shouldn’t be together. And this season none of those reasons have gone away, in fact they’ve increased.
Certainly, after losing his licence to practice and being told to call off the relationship with Alicia for the sake of saving his career, her and law firm Lockhart Gardner, Will is walking a tightrope.
Charles says as an actor, that’s just how he likes it. And as a character, that’s exactly what drives Will.
‘‘ His personal life has paid the price for his professional life,’’ Charles says.
‘‘ What motivates Will professionally is winning at all costs for his clients, and I love that he never apologises for that.
‘‘ He is not a character who is interested in the morality of things. He is interested in winning.’’
‘‘ That means sometimes he cuts corners or clouds things.’’
Charles says Will’s total competitiveness stems from his athletic background.
‘‘ As a lawyer, he loves the game,’’ he says. ‘‘ He loves the chess match. ‘‘ He’s a gambler, literally and figuratively, and when you’re a gambler there’s always a chance that with one roll of the dice the risk can go either way.
‘‘ Sometimes it works. Sometimes it backfires.’’
Certainly with just three episodes left in this season of the show, it seems few of Will’s gambles are paying off.
Charles says he understands how watchers might feel that the more they discover about Will, the less they actually know.
‘‘ That’s the mastery of this show and the writing in it,’’ Charles says.