"Hitting the Fan" was the title of Sunday night's "The Good Wife" and that is just what happened when Diane (Christine Baranski) told Will (Josh Charles) that Alicia (Julianna Margulies) was leaving with Cary (Matt Czuchry) to start their own law firm and were taking some of Lockhart/Gardner's top clients with them.
“We knew she’d eventually go out on her own but we didn't know where it would end up," executive producer Robert King told reporters at a Q&A following the screening of the episode. "But ending the last episode last year, we knew what the plan was for this year."
Part of that plan was to explode things, but before that could happen, there were issues in the law firm that needed to be established before the bomb could be dropped.
So what's next for Florrick/Agos and Lockhart/Gardner? Robert and his wife Michelle King, also an exec producer on "The Good Wife," gave us this look ahead:
Everything that has happened changes the dynamic of the show. What does it look like going forward?
Robert: Will's conversation with Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) is illustrative of where we're going. Will is really a man reborn. I hope you saw it in the episode. One of the things we wanted to avoid was too much of the tragedy of a breakup like this. Will is finding a new dedication to his passion for building . Some of the disputes between him and Diane in other years were about how fast to grow and how in this economy you don't want to overextend yourself. Will's unbound. I agree. In the writer's room, once we saw the dailies, we realized, nothing can go backward. It really is this new day, this new paradigm for the show, so we kept finding new ways to illustrate that in both law firms.
Michelle: Basically, what we told ourselves was any story we could have told before this episode, we have to kick out because suddenly that no longer fit.
So what is next for Florrick/Agos?
Robert: They can't keep working out of Alicia's home. The next three episodes are called “The Next Day,” “The Next Week,” and “The Next Month.” You will see all the problems arising out of starting a new firm.
What is Kalinda's position in all this?
Michelle: What we love about Kalinda in this whole storyline is She is friends with all these people. We love playing the struggle in her of where she should make her alliances, where her allegiance should be.
Robert: The difficulty for her is she is really guilty. There were reasons why she kept the Cary stuff from Will, so she has to show where her loyalty lies, which is a Kalinda trait.
Is it all about the money for Kalinda?
Robert: No. It isn't. It started that way but she really cares for some people. She hates saying it. She is not a sentimental person. Archie isn't either. She would never say it is about something more than the money. She allows that to be an excuse for behavior that is about compassion, or love, or caring for a friend.
It looks as if Diane is not going to get the judgeship. Will she be able to go to Lockhart/Gardner? Does Will have forgiveness?
Robert: That's a really good question, but that's not a question for one episode. It's an arc that we're... What's really good is Josh and Christine love each other as performers. It's been really hard on them to play these characters, who are having difficulty. It's a marriage that hit a bump in the road. The question is, how long? We're trying not to rush forgiveness.
"The Good Wife" airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.