After what was arguably the best episode of "The Good Wife," "Hitting the Fan," which aired Sunday, Oct. 27, you want to know what's coming up next, right? We joined a press call with executive producer Robert King to get those answers, and there are more milestones coming up this season. If you missed any of the episode, read our recap here.
With this episode of "The Good Wife," they have effectively put the nail in the coffin that is the Alicia/Will relationship. "It felt like there was a slight sense we were repeating ourselves. Once you have this love triangle, it's kind of a monkey on your back in many ways because there's only so many ways to tell that story and so it seemed more exciting to see the reverse side of it," King admitted. "What happens when you throw a bomb into the middle of that relationship? How do these people react differently?"
And after this, nothing is going to be the same. Things won't be going back to normal next week in "The Next Day." King likened Alicia to "kind of a warrior princess" going forward. "There's this kind of gauntlet set down between her and Will that actually makes her a more competitive person and she's set off on a warpath," he explained. "It was a different Alicia, Alicia that was a little more ballsy, that was kicking ass and kind of enjoying kicking ass." But instead of focusing on the end of something, it's time to focus on the beginning of something else, and a key moment to look at is that big confrontation in Alicia's office. "She has been playing things to the middle and I think as soon as Will picks up her cell phone and says 'I'm confiscating this,' it was like the crossover from the personal to the professional," he said. "Even though there's a hypocrisy there on her part, she saw that Will wouldn't be able to handle this professionally and was even kind of pushing into her personal life, and I think that's what sets her off."
But it's not going to be so easy for Alicia moving forward, as beginning her own firm is going to put her and Cary in some tough places. "At the very beginning of this year, she and Cary had talked about having an ethical firm. She felt like she made a lot of ethical compromises throughout the four years that she was at Lockhart/Gardner," the EP told reporters. "As with anybody who starts a new venture, you start off by saying we're not going to make the mistakes of the people that we pulled away from. …I think what you're going to see is an Alicia who wants to do it better, wants to do what happened over the last four years better, and that is a struggle." She may have an idea about what she wants to see from her new firm, but there are still going to be bills that have to be paid. She's going to have to face the question of "what is the best way to preserve idealism in the face of business decisions."
With this episode, the show officially became about two different firms and the Governor's office, and with that much on its plate, there is always the concern of balancing all these storylines. However, they're not worried about that, the EP said. In fact, it's something they're excited about moving forward. "It actually creates a whole new world of stories and there's so many ways the different worlds dovetail and clash with each other." Plus now, instead of bringing in guest stars to serve as antagonists, main characters can now take on those roles, something King sees as "more fun because you never quite know who you should side with and who should you cheer when they win."
Speaking of the Governor's office, Peter made a couple of questionable moves in "Hitting the Fan." Will that come back to bite him? Well, he does have Melissa George as his ethics person, so that is always a possibility, plus something else this episode did was shake up all the alliances going into it. There are certain secrets that shouldn't get out, specifically regarding the election, and you will see the repercussions of that moving forward.
We also saw Florrick/Agos briefly lose Chumhum because of Alicia's position as the Governor's wife, and that may have just been the beginning. "The Governorship is a double-edged sword," King said. "The favor that we see from Peter at the end can really come back and bite him as Eli's worried about and Alicia can be bitten by the fact that a lot of clients wouldn't necessarily want to join, as we were starting to see, because of all the ethical restrictions of what is hands off for Alicia, what does Cary have to handle. That was buried under a lot of levels of hierarchy at Lockhart/Gardner but it's less so when it's Florrick/Agos."
Also on the subject of Peter, we once again saw Alicia put off that trip to Hawaii, and King admitted, "There is something holding her back." After the position she was in when the scandal happened, she became determined to never be put in that vulnerable position again and so she has been finding a way to stand on her own two feet. That has become true both with Alicia and Peter's relationship and with Alicia leaving Lockhart/Gardner. "There was a conversation with Cary," he said, "where Cary convinces her, 'you have to leave because you'll never get out from under Will,' which was both sexually evocative but also that you can't trade off Peter for Will and you really do have to stand on your own two feet."
Finally, we saw Kalinda choose sides in this episode, and it wasn't Alicia and Cary, despite what she made Cary think in the lobby. Instead, she used what he told her to assure Will of her loyalty. But why did she pick him? "She's more loyal to Will because she really feels guilty about being disloyal to Will," King explained. "It's not really even about the fact that she knew about Alicia for a week, it's the fact that she knew about Cary for three months." Kalinda is a very pragmatic person, and she was surprised to find one of her emotional ties is to Will, something she had betrayed. "Obviously everything with Kalinda is also based by the fact she's pragmatic about her career and money, and the place she has a job is Lockhart/Gardner and she really needs to get back in Will's graces for that reason." What we didn't get to see in this episode is a confrontation between Kalinda and Alicia. Is that coming up? "That is our hope," the EP said, but he wouldn't say more.
"The Good Wife" season 5 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on CBS. What are you hoping to see going forward?