Break-up leads to com­pelling drama

The split has hit the fan on The Good Wife, writes Lorena Blas.

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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.

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