"As long as Will is in her peripheral vision, Alicia will be drawn to him."
This is what Julianna Margulies teases for the fifth season of The Good Wife, which starts Sunday on CBS, and if you're like us, you're hoping that Alicia will finally come to her senses and give into her Will (Josh Charles) attraction.
As you may remember, Alicia decided in the fourth season finale to start a new law firm with Cary (Matt Czuchry), and recommit to her husband Peter Florrick (Chris Noth). But Margulies suggests those decisions were actually somewhat fueled by a deep and undeniable attraction toward Will (in addition to her hankering to be the first lady of Illinois, which sure looks nice on her business card).
"I think she knows as long as she's at Lockhart and Gardner, there's no way to make her marriage work," Margulies tells me. "Because she'll always be seeing Will. I think she knows, that last scene, it was one of my favorite scenes, where she's in the car with Will and she's completely come undone. It's that feeling of, unless I'm away from you, this will keep happening. So she has to make that choice. Otherwise it will be divorce and she wouldn't be starting out her own law firm."
Julianna hints that she's hoping for more opportunities for Alicia to unravel, and it certainly sounds like that's what is in the cards.
"What I root for in Alicia is for her to let her hair down and to do what feels good, not what feels right. I, as the fan of the show, want to see her come undone again. Because I think she's so buttoned up and so afraid, she holds her cards so close to the vest. And as soon as she starts playing them out, she can't stand up. So I'm looking forward to seeing that from her and I think many factors are going to start happening."
As for what to expect in the battle with her old employers, Diane (Christine Baranski) and Will, It doesn't sound pretty. "I think she doesn't realize the impact it will have and the bloodbath that she leaves behind," Margulies explains. "That for Will and Diane that was treason."
And now the money tease that makes the new season sound like another amazing ride: "There is this incredible arc that's about to start in episode one, and shift dramatically in episode 15. And the only way I can explain it without giving it away is that it's sort of like this bloodbath that happens. Alicia left with their three biggest clients. It generates a lot of money per year. And they gave her her chance. So it's a bloodbath and then what I would call an explosion and then there's going to be a bizarre sort of, emotional journey that she'll be on for a little bit."
We are so in for the ride. You?
The Good Wife returns Sunday at 9 p.m. on CBS.