Top 35 Shows of 2014: No 11 The Good Wife

The Good Wife refuses to slow down, it refuses to take the easy path and fall into a procedural law show. Everytime it shakes things up it could easily sit back and allow itself to be comfortable in its success but the series is always looking to go further and I’m constantly impressed by this.

Only a few months after the dramatic exit of Cary and Alicia from Lockhart/Gardner came an even more shocking twist, the death of Will Gardner. It was gutwrenching for many reasons and the lasting effect on characters like Alicia, Diane and Kalinda gave some great material for the actresses to work with and ultimately saw a reunion of Alicia and Diane. The biggest shock about Will dying was how well the show kept it hidden, so often a show or network will give away big character deaths in their promo videos but there was no hint that someone was going to die because The Good Wife isn’t a show about violent bad guys like Breaking Bad or Sons of Anarchy, death just didn’t really happen. Will dying was another huge shake up to the series and personally one I’ve enjoyed though I know others still really missing the character.

Yet once again as S6 begins we are faced with two more potentially huge changes to the show and a third one waiting in the wing. Alicia is running for State’s Attorney, Cary is facing prison and we know that Archie Panjabi’s Kalinda is leaving the show at the end season. All of these changes suggest that S7 could be the end of the road for The Good Wife as it comes full circle and whilst that would be a shame at least the show will unlikely go out with a whimper.

Favourite episodes: Dramatics, Your Honor / Oppo Research

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