“The Good Wife” has had some pretty amazing guest stars (and there are more coming) and the show just keeps getting better and better, and on Monday, March 4, we joined in on a conference call with the creators and executive producers, Robert and Michelle King, to find out what’s coming up in the rest of the season.
The Peter/Alicia/Will love triangle. “The Good Wife” has seen this storyline take a few turns, and recently, things have been going much better for Alicia and Peter. But Will and Alicia did share that kiss—and that kiss not only makes them wonder, “Maybe we shouldn’t be alone in a room together,” as Robert put it, but also pushes them in opposite directions to keep that from happening. For Alicia, she goes to Peter, while Will’s driven towards Amanda Peet’s Laura.
Things have changed for the triangle since the beginning. Alicia was, in a way, “off the hook ethically and morally because of the way Peter behaved,” Robert explained. But now, Alicia doesn’t have “an easy out” and instead will be “struggling with her attraction to two men,” which they will explore “all the way through the end of the year.” This isn’t about her choosing one of the men but instead about the show exploring the morality of the situation.
Kalinda’s husband. It’s no secret that this storyline did not work out the way they had hoped, and they actually cut three episodes out. “We accelerated some of the plot that was already shot…to finish it off before our December break…so that we would come back and reengage on the new plots,” Robert admitted. And as for what happened to him—did Kalinda do something?—he’s leaving that open-ended, but did say that any closure that comes will be about Kalinda, not about Nick. “Kalinda to us is someone who is constantly resisting connection but also there’s something within her that is trying to find connection to other people, and I think that situation is just going to propel her closer to want to reach out,” the EP said.
The election will happen this season. And if Peter wins, the matter of his living situation isn’t something they’re worried about, especially taking into account Chris Noth’s availability. And speaking of the election, Robert previewed that coming up is “this battle between Eli and [Jordan] for the direction of the campaign. As much as [Jordan] has shot himself in the foot, he’s still limping, and he’s still there.”
Kalinda and the second private investigator. Jess Weixler is coming in as Robyn, a character described as “as opposite a young woman as [they] could find from Kalinda,” beginning with the next episode. Now that the firm has money, they have a whole new set of problems, including the firm heading towards civil war. They hire a second private investigator, and Robert shared that what thy wanted was to “see how Kalinda works through the eyes of somebody else and through someone, in theory, she’s supposed to train.” Kalinda’s job means that while does talk to many people, she can’t have a relationship with any of them. The character of Robyn allows them to explore something different for her, but there is also a “complicated dynamic” between Robyn and Kalinda.
Where does it all leave Cary? “Cary is continuing down the path that he started, which is, he thinks Lockhart Gardner is a corrupt place. They promised something then pulled it back from all the fourth years except for Alicia and he’s not giving up on his designs outside the firm,” Robert teased, adding that we will see more of that this season.
Sparks for Kalinda and Cary? The promo for the next episode did tease something, and Michelle did say that “there are sparks” there, with Robert adding that “one of the things Kalinda really likes is when Cary is in ‘take no prisoners’ mode.'”
Alicia and Cary’s “difficult situation.” The current storyline raises the question of whether a friendship can survive with one of them, in a way, the boss of the other. They wanted to put them in the same office to create that closeness this season and then rip it apart as Alicia moved up the ranks.
Alicia and Diane’s changing dynamic. Diane has gone from being Alicia’s mentor to being her peer with the recent changes, and Robert teased that “Alicia’s going to slowly venture into a place where she can challenge these name partners more and more,” which will create “a stronger confrontational mode between Alicia and Diane” and “put them more on the same footing.” Michelle added that it all comes back to the law firm’s economics, and now that they have money and the means, “relationships can become strained as a result of that.”
Returning guest stars. Mamie Gummer is going to be back in episode 21. Gary Cole is scheduled for one more episode this season, and any more would depend on his schedule. They did set up Nathan Lane to return as a lawyer, but that’s not coming this season.
John Noble’s episode. The “Fringe” star will be guest starring in the March 24 episode, “Death of a Client,” playing one of those people who love suing everyone and use their money to do so. “In the beginning of the episode, he’s shot in the head,” Robert explained, and after that, it’s up to them to figure out which of the many cases could hold the key to finding his murderer. “A lot of the episode, at least with John Noble, is told in flashbacks as [Alicia] tries to remember who basically was the most violent towards him.”
“The Good Wife” season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on CBS. What are you most looking forward to during the rest of the season?
Follow me on Twitter and Facebook and Subscribe for the latest in television news.