the Good Wife’s wake-up call
The episode that rocks the cast to its core
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. turn. The show’s co-creators did interviews The show’s explaining co-creators their did interviews decision. explaining their decision. The episode, Dramatics Your The Honour, episode, airs Dramatics in Australia Your this week, Honour, and airs in terms in Australia of TV this deaths week, you and didn’t in terms see coming of TV deaths – provided you you’ve didn’t see managed coming to – steer provided clear of you’ve internet managed spoilers to steer – it’s a clear doozy. of internet spoilers – it’s When a doozy. Margulies first learned When of Margulies the plan first to kill learned off a cast of member the plan in to the kill off early a cast stages member of the in storyline’s the early development, stages of she the thought storyline’s it development, was a “brilliant she idea”. thought it was But a “it brilliant didn’t stop idea”. her crying over But the it didn’t departure stop of her a cast- crying over mate the she departure has known of “for a cast- a mate long, she long has time”, known she “for told a US long, press. long time”, she told US press. Other cast said it was “like the Other loss of cast a family said it member”, was “like 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 five by starting a breakaway law firm 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 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.”
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