Gold Derby editors Marcus Dixon and Rob Licuria and contributing writer David Buchanan got together via webcam (watch above) to discuss “The Good Wife” series finale and to relive the highs and lows of one of TV’s best-ever dramas. In “End,” we say goodbye to the cast and crew, led by Julianna Margulies (a three-time Emmy winner, once for “ER” and twice for “The Good Wife”) and Emmy nominated creators and showrunners Robert King and Michelle King.
Reactions to the finale were generally positive, but some had reservations about certain plot twists and choices that the Kings made in wrapping up the show after seven seasons. “I’ve got to be honest, my reactions were kind of mixed. I liked parts of it, I didn’t like parts of it,” Licuria admits. “But I have been thinking about it and parts of it have stayed with me, more than I expected them to.”
“It had its really good moments, I think we can all agree on that,” agrees Dixon. “But I wanted more from the finale.” Buchanan was more positive. “As soon as I finished watching it, I don’t know if I was just so emotionally invested in the hour, but I loved it when it ended. I’m tempering my opinion a little bit now. It’s mixed, but positive. I’m definitely on the side that liked it more than the side that hated it.”
Among the highlights discussed by our trio was the climactic scene where Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) slaps Alicia Florrick (Margulies) in the face, in an unexpected throwback to the show’s pilot (in which Alicia whallops her cheating husband in much the same way). “I loved it. That’s the moment that really sticks with me,” proclaims Dixon, which Buchanan echoes. “I never considered them revisiting the slap, and it was such a brilliant, unexpected way to end the series.”
There was also high praise for Baranski, who has one more opportunity to win an Emmy for her role on the show after six previous nominations. “She finally has the scenes where she’s yelling, she storms out of court, she slaps Alicia at the end,” Buchanan declares. “They better not screw this up and give her the damn Emmy already!”
Of the lowlights, Licuria says that the trial of Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) “did not play well for me at all, and to say that about one of my favourite shows of all time is really hard,” a sentiment repeated often by our forum posters including Atypical and Graeme O’Neil. A better storyline would have been the election rigging scandal rather than some generic murder case that came out of nowhere.
The discussion also turned to the inexplicable shutout of former cast member and fan favorite Archie Panjabi. This one-time Emmy champ was completely ignored during the series finale. And series regular Matt Czuchry was underused this season after his well-received storyline last year.
When looking back at the show as a whole, all agreed that it will best be remembered for the guest actors. Licuria gives special mention to Carrie Preston, who “made a name for herself and won an Emmy”, as well as Ana Gasteyer, Vincent Curatola, Gary Cole and Blair Underwood. Dixon singles out Mamie Gummer, Denis O’Hare, David Paymer, John Noble and David Hyde Pierce, while Buchanan adds Anika Noni Rose and Nathan Lane to that list. The guys also discuss their favourite episodes (“Hitting the Fan” from season five being predictably high on their lists) and pay special tribute to Margulies, the actor they will miss most of all and “one of the greatest actresses of our time” according to Licuria.
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