The series, which stars Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry, Christine Baranski, and Chris Noth, is ending this week after seven seasons.
When asked about the series finale, Robert King revealed the last episode will be both surprising and “honest”:
Every show is different. We’re great fans of TV and are great fans of serialized TV and how it ends. I think what we were looking towards are shows that seemed to be honest and had an inevitable surprise.”
He added that the episode they wrote was planned even before CBS cancelled the show:
It wasn’t going to be any different at all. We had planned this out for a while. We weren’t trying to, in fact, endanger CBS’ franchise if they wanted to continue with the franchise, so one could pick up where we left off.”
Later, he said the ending will recall the beginning of the series, with Alicia standing by Peter’s side:
I think one of the things we wanted was a return, your ending is in your beginning and your beginning is in your ending. As we see with the characters and the politics, they have scandal after scandal. It’s not an oddity, especially in Chicago politics. So if it’s about the reality of it, that’s just true to life. And it seems like when someone’s been weakened by a run for presidency or a run for any office, and they lose, they’re more vulnerable.
But as for Alicia, I do think one of the reasons to return to her original situation is to see how much she’s grown or not grown, to see change. One of the reasons we probably do think this is a seven-year show is there are probably only a certain number of ways that we want to challenge Alicia and we wanted to challenge her one last time with this.”
The series finale of The Good Wife airs this Sunday, May 8th, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
What do you think? Are you a fan of The Good Wife? What do you hope happens during the series finale?