‘The Good Wife’ Creators on the Series Finale, Potential Spinoffs, and Kalinda’s Fate

The Good Wife Season 7
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One of the biggest surprise plays in Sunday’s Super Bowl was CBS’s announcement was that this would be the final season of “The Good Wife.”

In a conference call Monday with reporters, showrunners Michelle and Robert King said it was always their plan to end the show after seven seasons.

“The story of Alicia Florrick could only support seven seasons,” said Robert King. They had previously announced that they would exit the show after this season, and it was only a question of whether CBS would attempt to continue the show without them. As recently as the Television Critics Assn. press tour last month, entertainment president Glenn Geller has hinted at the possibility of another season without them at the helm.

But on Monday’s conference call, the Kings revealed that they learned in the last week of CBS’s plan to announce the final season at the Super Bowl. Michelle King said they knew they could control their own fate by leaving the show, but were thrilled that CBS ultimately decided to end the show with them.

“We felt very fortunate and flattered that we’re being allowed to end the show with the other writers and the other producers the way we hoped it would end,” said Michelle King.

“This isn’t a show that’s ending because anybody hates each other,” said Robert King. “It’s a show that’s ending because it should be ending.”

The Kings were reluctant to offer any spoilers on the remaining episodes of the final season, but did allow that they would like to see certain characters return, including private investigator Robyn Burdine (Jess Weixler) and Kurt McVeigh (Gary Cole). But don’t expect to see Kalinda (Archie Panjabi).

“Kalinda went off deliberately to disappear,” said Michelle King. “It wouldn’t make any sense for her to come back.” And though the ghost of Will Gardner (Josh Charles) will weigh heavily on these final nine episodes, it’s unlikely we’ll see him return.

Now that they know they’re writing towards a series finale, the Kings said their plans for the storyline hasn’t changed, “but it allows us to be a little bit more definitive,” said Michelle King. “We’re writing now in pen instead of pencil.”

Asked about the possibility of a spinoff, Michelle King said “Nothing’s off the table,” and that they weren’t ruling anything out. Robert King brought up ancillary characters like Elsbeth Tascioni (Carrie Preston), who won an Emmy for her work. 

The Kings aren’t leaving CBS altogether, despite “The Good Wife” ending — they’re currently working on “BrainDead,” a comic political thriller set for a summer debut.

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  1. Anita says:

    Spinoff: Grace goes to law school…

  2. Debbie Ransom says:

    Please consider bringing this show back.There is still so much to explore in Alicia’s personal life and where she is going with her career. Karinda also was a great asset…..

  3. A Tasioni spinoff would be a terrible thing. Her quirk is best taken in small & infrequent doses. Entertaining in small samples, but as the central character?

  4. B. Lodermeier says:

    I loved Kalinda the most. I wish they also would have elaborated a little on what happened to Kalinda’s husband and why he just disappeared. Did she bribe him, did she kill him? And what happened to her?

  5. janel says:

    Its a wonderful show so sad its ending. I am so tired of the reality shows and Sunday nite i looked forward to.

  6. Fan says:

    Too bad Kalinda didn’t get a spinoff. I’m sure she had an interesting cast of characters around her

  7. IntownWriter says:

    I loved watching this show, and then football happened. Every pivotal week every fall: delayed, delayed, delayed. Far too much trouble to try to determine when to tune in, much less set my DVR. I hope Netflix will offer it streamed; now they only offer it – and too many other first-rate binge TV series – on DVD.

    • Dunstan says:

      Intown, you don’t have to wait for Netflix or any other official site. Be creative, find it online and watch it when you want.

    • cadavra says:

      For future reference: Just tack an extra hour onto the recording setting. That way you won’t miss anything because of the overruns. (Thank God I live on the West Coast where the time delay insures everything starts at its normal time.)

  8. Naomi graff says:

    I love this show. It is so great. I can’t believe it is going to end!!!!!!!!

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