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    Bebe
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    After watching the finale, still can’t decide if this was the best season of TGF or the absolute worst.

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    Damn the finale was wild and I loved every second of it. Best show of the year imo

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    Near perfect season finale. The Kings really know how to pace a script, and this was so brisk and exciting. I found the end of Wackner’s court surprisingly moving. I know the parallels they draw with the final scenes are very on the nose, but they were incredibly impactful, as was Mandy Patinkin’s final scene. He was a stellar Season 5 addition and though the court ran its course, I’m very sad to see him leave. I wish we got more CCH Pounder, who was great in this one. The final scene in her house with the police raid was devastating. Great use of Kurt in this episode, too, the scenes with him and STR Laurie were hilarious, though the absence of David Lee is unexplainable. Great episode for Baranski all around, one of her best this season. I’m also really excited by how they’re setting up next year. Hopefully Baranski and Bingwa will share more scenes, and I’m really hoping they up Sykes to a series regular.

    I haven’t revisited the earlier seasons recently, but I think this ranks as one of the two best they’ve done, maybe a few notches behind Season 2. Just stellar stuff.

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    I loved the finale. I agree about David Lee absence, I was expecting him to appear after I watched the trailer for this week’s episode and I was surprised when I didn’t see Zach Grenier in the credits. However, I still think that the episode was perfect – IMO it was the best of this season.

    I love that The Good Fight doesn’t go to the obvious way and they’re always taking risks. And they’re not recycling plots season after season, just like some shows did (Orphan Black and How To Get Away with Murder were the first shows that came to my mind).

    PS: Alan Alda didn’t appear in the finale, I hope he comes back next season.

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    The finale of the year! I love how this show compresses so many arcs into one episode without the plotting seeming inconsistent or the show imploding on itself. Great use of CCH Pounder in these past two episodes. I have to say whilst I enjoyed the idiosyncrasy of Wackner’s court that I was getting about fatigued by it so I’m happy to see it pack up (the closing moments of the finale terrified me though!)

    I’m hopeful that the promotion of Allegra to name partner also ensures the promotion of Sykes to series regular status. She was excellent. I noticed that Alan Alda didn’t appear in the end? Did he drop out at the last minute? I wonder if he was originally going to play a part in Wackner’s court?

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    "THE POWER OF THE DOG" – IN ALL CATEGORIES
    "SPENCER" – In all categories especially Director (Pablo Larrain) and Actress (Kristen Stewart)
    "SHIVA BABY" – in all categories especially Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Score
    "TOGETHER" – Actress (Sharon Horgan), Actor (James McAvoy), Original Screenplay
    "FLEE" – IN ALL CATEGORIES
    "LAST NIGHT IN SOHO" – Director (Edgar Wright), S. Actress (Anya Taylor-Joy/Diana Rigg), Cinematography, Costume Design and Production Design

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    Loved the Season Finale! I feel like “And the Violence Spread” should definitely be the show’s Emmy submission for Writing next year. I also thought Robert King did a fantastic job with the direction. I think the episode tied up everything in the season brilliantly and set us up for an exciting Season 6.

    I also think this should be Christine Baranski’s Emmy submission. I thought the episode was a brilliant showcase for her where she was front and center (which isn’t always the case on this series). We even got to hear her sing a bit and I loved all her tender moments with Kurt.

    Watching Wackner’s Court blow up and mirror the Capital attacks was scary and felt all too real. I also loved the simple reveal of Wackner’s job occupation prior to (and during) his reign as a “judge” lol. I really hope Mandy Patinkin gets recognized in some way for his fantastic work.

    Shout out to the great CCH Pounder on her guest starring role as another “judge.”

    Charmaine Bingwa continued to shine this week and Sarah Steele has provided her best work to date this season!

    Overall, I loved Season 5 of The Good Fight. It’s my 2nd favorite season after Season 2. If there were any justice in the world, the series would finally breakthrough at the Emmys and maybe even SAG Ensemble. Alas, it hasn’t happened yet and I won’t hold my breath. Still, I’m looking forward to Season 6!

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    I feel like “And the Violence Spread” should definitely be the show’s Emmy submission for Writing next year.

    It’s my second favourite episode of the season but I found “Previously On” stronger at least on the basis that the Kings managed to wrap up all the hanging arcs from the abridged fourth season so swiftly.

    Oscars FYC:
    "THE POWER OF THE DOG" – IN ALL CATEGORIES
    "SPENCER" – In all categories especially Director (Pablo Larrain) and Actress (Kristen Stewart)
    "SHIVA BABY" – in all categories especially Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Score
    "TOGETHER" – Actress (Sharon Horgan), Actor (James McAvoy), Original Screenplay
    "FLEE" – IN ALL CATEGORIES
    "LAST NIGHT IN SOHO" – Director (Edgar Wright), S. Actress (Anya Taylor-Joy/Diana Rigg), Cinematography, Costume Design and Production Design

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    I bet the Kings will submit “Previously On…” since they seem to like these standalone season premieres. I prefer the season finale, personally, but the premiere is perhaps more accessible to voters if they haven’t watched the whole season – which they haven’t.

    I agree this should be Baranski’s episode submission. This had really great range and she did indeed feel like the star of the series in this one, which hasn’t always been this case this year. Great scenes opposite Audra McDonald and Gary Cole. I’m really glad they decided not to break them up this season like they had originally planned. Her ability to stay with him despite his proximity to both people and causes that she finds abhorrent only complicates the character more. I think that the shocking “And the two partners had a fight…” would be an excellent episode for her, too, not just for her scenes with Elaine May, but also for Diane’s genuinely bad decisions. Strong season for Baranski.

    And Mandy Patinkin. I really hope the academy’s love for him on Homeland translates to a name-check nomination for this because he truly is win-worthy. He’s the best one-season character they’ve ever had on TGF. He’d have too many good episodes to choose from, but his final scene in this was pretty heartbreaking.

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    Great season finale, I think this is my favourite season tied with season 2.

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    Delayed but agree with the overall sentiment – the best season since Season 2, Patinkin excellent in his final scene just returning to life at the copy shop. Would also submit this one for Directing too, CCH Pounder yet another addition to the dream Guest Actress list for next year.

    Sarah Steele really shone this year in a way I didn’t expect she would.

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    With the departures of Leslie, Jumbo, and Lindo, Steele is now up to #3 on the call sheet, so it makes sense she’d get a prominent storyline this year and you’re right, she absolutely delivered. It’ll be fun to (probably) see Marissa, Carmen, and Diane working more closely now that Diane’s moving down to the associate’s floor (or up to STR Laurie, if the final line of the season is any indication).

    I think it would be fun if Patinkin and/or CCH Pounder returned for an episode next season in which the firm defends him/her against a suit for false imprisonment. That’s one aspect of the season they didn’t touch on nearly enough – how those who signed onto arbitration, etc. actually complied with Wackner’s and Vinetta’s rulings for jail time without attempting any recourse. I’m sure they’ll try to get Patinkin to return, based on how much fun everyone seemed to have with him around, and his exit wasn’t as permanent as, say, Roland Blum’s.

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    his exit wasn’t as permanent as, say, Roland Blum’s.

    I feared this season slightly going in as Roland Blum ultimately ruined S3 for me, it’s one that when rewatching I felt worked even worse a second time. So when Patinkin was announced as a “wacky” new character for a season arc, I was nervous – but the Kings clearly learnt from the Blum mistakes.

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