When “The Good Wife” came to an end a few months ago, some fans were outraged at what they thought was an unfulfilling ending for Julianna Margulies’ character Alicia. “The Good Wife” star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who played Alicia’s budding love interest Jason, also felt frustrated with the series finale.
Although Morgan is no stranger to controversial cliffhangers and endings — his Neegan on “The Walking Dead” was front and center for a major one at the end of Season 6 — that doesn’t mean they don’t faze him. He hasn’t watched the “The Good Wife” finale yet, but he didn’t like its lack of closure for Alicia and Jason.
“I didn’t like it. But it’s not my show, you know what I mean? If Julianna was happy, then I was happy. My feeling was we raised so many questions about Jason and this relationship that he had with Alicia that I felt like nothing was ever answered, you know?” Morgan said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“You build up all season this relationship and you see her kind of evolve from what she has been for six years and you kind of saw this other side of her. To just have it end so abruptly like that with no answers, it was hard for me reading it,” Morgan said.
He distinctly remembers running over to Margulies after reading the script and telling her: “‘What the f— is this?’ And she’s like, ‘I had to read it like, 10 times. I think I get it. I think I understand what we’re trying to do here,’ and I’m like, ‘Let me know because I don’t know.'”
However, Morgan did have a different response than most fans to the controversial “slap” heard round the world. While many saw it as a surprise and “a lack of deeper storytelling,” as Variety’s Chief TV Critic Maureen Ryan put it in her review, Morgan was onboard with it.
“I like that it kind of brought her back to beginning — that slap —and it was a kind of a role reversal there. Selfishly, I would have liked to see Jason and Alicia have some sort of answers for the audience and themselves. So I don’t know. I don’t know what happened,” he said.
“But all my stuff is all selfish. I wasn’t happy with the ending because I wasn’t happy with Jason. So that’s not a very fair assessment for the audience or for [creators Michelle and Robert King], who are obviously brilliant. They had an idea how this show was going to end and I guess we saw what it was,” Morgan added.
Next up, Morgan will be returning for Season 7 of “The Walking Dead,” which premieres Oct. 23 on AMC.