❝ I think I was in denial for a long time about Josh’s decision. I kept thinking “he feels that way now”. I loved working with him so much and the relationship on screen is so rich and developed. Over all these years we’ve gone through so many story lines where we seemed to be coming apart and then we were back together again stronger than ever. It’s like being portrayed as the healthiest marriage in the show, so it was like my husband telling me he was going to leave. I just didn’t want to hear it.
I don’t curse people, I bless everyone around them.
"We’re going to go there"
Robert King about Alicia and Finn’s slow build
The Good Wife understands power as both a more subtle and insidious force than series like The Sopranos or Breaking Bad do. On those much-beloved, much-acclaimed series, power corrupts grotesquely. On The Good Wife, it corrupts elegantly. The characters on The Good Wife are lawyers, not mob bosses or meth dealers, and while their behavior often skirts the unethical, it exists largely within the bounds of acceptable—or at least not easily actionable—behavior. On The Good Wife, flexible morals are not the hallmark of men living ultra-violent, grandiose lives: They belong to everyone. On The Good Wife the use and abuse of power is not so malignant that it destroys itself. It is so omnipresent that it can never be destroyed.
…In this instance, we in the audience, like the characters on screen, have accommodated ourselves to the necessities, the vagaries, the moral uncertainties of power—you do what you have to do to get the money. But The Good Wife does not simply condemn its characters for this ethical lapse. It is too cynical (or is it too realistic?) to insist that the way to survive, to thrive, is to always to do good—as if, among other things, good were so easy to define. In an essay last week for the New York Times Magazine, A.O. Scott wrote about the death of adulthood in popular culture. But the adult is alive and well on The Good Wife, where “What should you do?” is neither an easier nor more sensical a question than “Who did it?”
Over the years, Alicia has become more comfortable existing within the show’s ethical no man’s land. Alicia, who began the series as the quintessential “good wife,” popularly known as “Saint Alicia,” is more at ease with power and its shadier applications. Last season, she left Lockhart Gardner to start her own firm, a move that was understood as a personal betrayal by Will, the man who had given her a job when no one else would. To ensure that her new firm survived, Alicia implicitly permitted her husband Peter, now governor of Illinois, to pressure an all-important client into staying with Alicia’s fledgling operation, rather than returning to Lockhart Gardner. The Good Wife is too clear-eyed for this particular lapse to have resulted in any meaningful blowback. Alicia secured her firm’s future by stepping slightly over the line. Sometimes—often, even—that’s how things get done.
As Alicia has become more like the two men in her life—Peter and the late Will, charming hustlers comfortable with bending and breaking rules to their own ends—she has become more efficient, more skilled, more savvy, a better, fiercer lawyer and advocate. This transformation is unsettling precisely because of its lack of ill consequences. Alicia has sacrificed some of her morality, some of her conscience, but who, exactly, is worse off? At the end of last season, Eli Gold (Alan Cumming), Peter’s chief of staff asked Alicia to run for state’s attorney. If Alicia’s induction into the darker side of power makes her more like a typical politician than she once was, it will also make her a more capable politician than she once would have been. Are voters worse off?
…Power, on this show, is appealing. It makes those who have it appealing. And this simple but potent formulation is enough to fill its world with all the moral impasses, impossible choices, and slippery slopes a TV show could ever need. Its extremely smart characters regularly cross the line, not because they are monsters, but because they are human. There is no show on TV with a darker message than that.
"The Good Wife is cynical, thrilling, and grown-up. It’s also TV’s best drama." - Willa Paskin (x)
tvd meme: 10 characters as voted by our followers - 3/10 Bonnie Bennett
"This is good. This is all I wanted. I’ll be okay. We’ll all be okay."