Break-up leads to compelling drama
The split has hit the fan on The Good Wife, writes Lorena Blas.
The Good Wife is headed for a very messy breakup. Last week’s episode, Hitting the Fan revealed how Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) makes her longawaited (and ugly) exit from her law firm, Lockhart Gardner.
And the star couldn’t be happier.
‘‘I sort of understood that we were getting into this world of betrayal and incredible emotion, energy, anxiety – all of these things hanging in the balance,’’ she says.
‘‘And then, when I got the script, I was so overwhelmed with joy at how great they managed to do it. It was so nuanced.’’
Robert King, who created the show with his wife, Michelle, says, ‘‘We knew it would be the way (Alicia) would develop. That she would stand on her own two feet. And really, there was a similar downward spiral in ethical concerns,’’ which he likened to ‘‘a lighter version of ( Breaking Bad’s) Walter White’’.
Her departure is no surprise to the show’s fans. As the fourth season ended, she agreed to leave with colleague Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry) and start a new firm. But how Alicia would cut those ties has been a big mystery.
‘‘What you want to do is wake people up to the series,’’ Robert King says. ‘‘You’re in your fifth year, and you want to show that you’re not gliding into retirement. We wanted this year to really be a sprint.’’
Producers say the show will now turn up the heat as lawyers battle over Lockhart Gardner’s biggest clients.
‘‘In many ways, that was starting gun,’’ Robert King says. ‘‘The next episode (which screens tonight, Tuesday, on TV3) is called The Next Day, and it really is seeing how this massive event impacts everyone. In a way, now the struggle begins.’’ In addition to battling in court, the two firms steal clients from each other.
Margulies promises that there will be a payoff for fans who stick with Alicia through the strife.
Even her father expressed concern that ‘‘the show is losing its humanity, in that everyone is betraying everyone and looking out for themselves’’, Margulies says. But she had a quick response.
‘‘What I said to that was, ‘Hang in there, Dad. There’s a reason. There always is with the Kings’.
‘‘There’s a really great reason, and it’s going to build up tremendously.’’
Taking control: Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) has decided to leave Lockhart-Gardner and start her own law firm on The Good Wife.