The Good Wife Creators Talk Final Season: 'This Is Not a Show That Is Ending Because Anybody Hates Each Other'
CBS announced The Good Wife is ending in nine episodes during a Super Bowl ad Sunday
The Good Wife may be ending, but it’s not because of any bad blood.
During a Monday press conference call, co-creators and executive producers Robert and Michelle King opened up about the recent news that the show will conclude after nine episodes – which CBS announced with an ad during the Super Bowl on Sunday.
“This is not a show that is ending because anybody hates each other. We’re ending the show because really it is a show that should be ending,” Robert told reporters, explaining that even after seven years working together, the cast and crew are “still very happy with each other” – in fact, they “couldn’t be happier.”
The news that the show is wrapping came just weeks after CBS boss Glenn Geller revealed the Kings would not be returning as show runners if the critically acclaimed drama was renewed for an eighth season.
The Kings said everyone only came together and decided last week that it it’s time for the legal drama to end, and the two “felt very fortunate and flattered that we’re being allowed to end the show with the writers the way that we hope it would end,” Michelle said.
“We didn’t know [whether] it would be a Grey’s Anatomy thing, like how they continued with a whole new slew of doctors,” Robert said. When Glenn Geller stood up at TCA and said there was a chance it would continue, that meant CBS was still considering possibly going on [without us].”
Added Michelle, “There was a conversation with the network, studio and Julianna [Margulies]. Everybody came to the same decision, that to be able to go out together, is really what we all wanted.”
Plus, the two had been anticipating a season 7 finale since season 1.
“We thought about the full story we wanted to tell and how long we wanted to tell it, having come from movies,” Robert explained. “We quickly thought that the show could only support seven years, so we started to build toward that. What you’re seeing in the last 9 episodes, if it were a movie, would be the third act of the movie.”
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As for whether Archie Panjabi – whose rumored discord with Margulies made headlines after CBS used a split-screen to film their last scene together – will return in the final nine episodes, the Kings made it clear her character Kalinda’s storyline was done.
“That’s not our expectation,” Michelle said of whether Panjabi could return. “We really try to follow what makes sense for the characters, and Kalinda went off deliberately to disappear, and we’re honoring that choice, and it wouldn’t make any sense for her to come back.”
Added Robert: “I think that’s because she’s moved onto another series, too, which we can’t wait to see.”
The final nine episodes of The Good Wife begin Sunday (9 p.m. ET) on CBS.