the Good Wife’s wake-up call

The episode that rocks the cast to its core

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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. 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 eon­

“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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