Fight­ing words

Diane Lockhart goes from boss to ba­sic in The Good Wife’s spin-off The Good Fight.

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Fans’ ears were prac­ti­cally ring­ing when Diane Lockhart (Chris­tine Baran­ski) slapped her ex-friend and law part­ner Ali­cia Flor­rick (Ju­lianna Mar­gulies) in the se­ries fi­nale of The Good Wife (2009-2016) for ex­pos­ing Diane’s hus­band Kurt’s (Gary Cole) in­fi­delity in court. A year has passed since that slap and Diane’s life is about to get even more dra­matic as she be­comes the centre of spin-off show The Good Fight (2017- cur­rent).

DIANE IN THE DUMPS

Af­ter a se­ries of startling events in the first episode – in­clud­ing Don­ald Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion as the US Pres­i­dent (a scene that had to be re-shot as the show’s writ­ers as­sumed that Hilary Clin­ton would win the elec­tion) – a shaken Diane is forced out of early re­tire­ment thanks to a fi­nan­cial scan­dal that costs her her rep­u­ta­tion and her life’s sav­ings. “She goes through a spec­tac­u­lar fall. For seven years, she was be­hind that ma­jes­tic desk in Chicago, wear­ing her beau­ti­ful suits and be­ing num­ber one at the law firm. She starts the pi­lot as num­ber one, but by half­way into the episode her foun­da­tions are rocked to the core,” ex­plains Chris­tine.

DOWN BUT NOT OUT

There is one sil­ver lin­ing to Diane’s poorly predica­ment though – she’s still safely in the hands of The Good Wife’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers, wife and hus­band Michelle and Robert King. “I loved the char­ac­ter, loved work­ing with them as writ­ers,” says Chris­tine. And like Ali­cia did when she was in dis­grace, Diane makes the smart move by go­ing “all in” with shrewd lawyer Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo)… as a ju­nior part­ner at the Red­dick, Bose­man & Kol­stad law firm, which is run by mostly black le­gal ex­perts and led by big boss Adrian Bose­man (Del­roy Lindo). It prom­ises to add a com­plex lay­er­ing to Diane’s strug­gle to go from be­ing in charge to be­ing the ju­nior. “I think the show is about the racism of lib­er­als,” hints Robert. “It felt like an in­ter­est­ing way to ad­dress the pol­i­tics of a law firm.”

Diane lands side-by-side with Lucca as a ju­nior part­ner.

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