Sunday afternoon at the Tribeca Film Festival, “The Good Wife” stars Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry, Cush Jumbo and showrunners Michelle and Robert King gathered to discuss the popular CBS drama, finishing its seventh season May 8, and screen the fourth to last episode.
Rumors are swirling that Josh Charles will return for the series finale, and the Kings told Variety they’re enjoying the buzz.
“We don’t want to squash those rumors, because why would we?” Robert King said. “But there are a lot of possibilities for the last episodes.”
There has also been chatter of possible spinoffs, and the Kings said they haven’t ruled out the idea.
“It’s very preliminary,” Michelle King said. “And a little bit early to be talking about it…But there is a possibility.”
Ultimately, the showrunners admit they are ready to finish the series, and are pleased their tenure will correspond with the show’s finale.
“You hate the idea of Julianna going on and being in someone else’s hands. There is an ownership feeling about it,” Robert King said.
In a Q&A following the screening, Margulies confessed she had a lot of feelings when she saw the final script.
“I read it once, and I couldn’t talk to anyone about it, because I was emotionally confused, because I was having so many emotions knowing I was wrapping this character up,” Margulies said.
The Kings sent Margulies a bottle of wine with the last script, and a note that said, “Alicia should be drinking while reading this.”
“So I opened the wine,” Margulies told the audience. “And I poured a wee glass, not an Alicia-sized glass. I then I read it a fourth time, and I then could digest it. I wrote [the Kings] three lines: ‘Nothing but brilliant.'”