As good as it gets

The Good Wife is shaken by the shock death of one of its most pop­u­lar cast mem­bers. Deb­bie Schipp re­ports

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IT’S the closely guarded twist that shocked the cast of The Good Wife and drew howls of protest from view­ers in the US in March. Fans set up on­line sup­port groups to vent and grieve in the episode’s wake, and The Good Wife star Ju­lianna Mar­gulies spoke to Face­book users about the dra­matic turn.

The show’s co- cre­ators did in­ter­views ex­plain­ing their de­ci­sion.

The episode, Dra­mat­ics Your Hon­our, airs in Aus­tralia this week, and in terms of TV deaths you didn’t see com­ing – pro­vided you’ve man­aged to steer clear of in­ter­net spoil­ers – it’s a doozy.

When Mar­gulies fi rst learned of the plan to kill off a cast mem­ber in the early stages of the sto­ry­line’s de­vel­op­ment, she thought it was a “bril­liant idea”.

But it didn’t stop her cry­ing over the de­par­ture of a cast- mate she has known “for a long, long time”, she told US press.

Other cast said it was “like the loss of a fam­ily mem­ber”, with one re­luc­tant to read the fateful script.

“I had trou­ble get­ting through it,” the cast mem­ber told eon­line. com

“I kept try­ing to read it and then I’d stop, know­ing this was the episode where it was go­ing to hap­pen.

“I was al­most in de­nial. And then there was one morn­ing where … I said: ‘ I’m just go­ing to do this’. Sud­denly … our stage di­rec­tions in­di­cated what was go­ing on. And I just couldn’t even see the page, I was just awash in tears. Then I put the script down.”

Mar­gulies’ char­ac­ter Ali­cia Flor­rick has alien­ated many in sea­son fi ve by start­ing a break­away law fi rm with Cary ( Matt Czuchry) and tak­ing for­mer clients of Lock­hart/ Gard­ner – now called LG – with her, much to the dis­gust of Will ( Josh Charles) and Diana ( Chris­tine Baran­ski).

The fall­out proved good rat­ings fod­der in the US, even ahead of the shock episode.

But the death makes Ali­cia “re­think ev­ery­thing”.

“I think she is go­ing to look a lit­tle bit in­side her­self rather than just be in sur­vival mode,” Mar­gulies said.

Ali­cia starts to ques­tion: ‘ Why am I do­ing this? Why am I rep­re­sent­ing these a--- holes?’ Sud­denly, it’s black and white. There’s no grey area.”

Se­ries cre­ators Robert and Michelle King said the event cre­ates “a new dra­matic hub … vi­o­lently spin­ning ev­ery­body in new di­rec­tions”.

“We’ve all ex­pe­ri­enced the sud­den death of a loved one in our lives. It’s ter­ri­fy­ing how a per­fectly nor­mal and sunny day can sud­denly ex­plode with tragedy,” Michelle King said.

“Tele­vi­sion doesn’t deal with this enough: the ir­re­deema­bil­ity of death.

“Your last time with the loved one will al­ways re­main your last time.”

THE GOOD WIFE Wed­nes­day, 9.30pm, TDT

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