The Good Wife without the good wife? Not a chance. Julianna Margulies seemed to indicate this is really it—the end—for CBS's The Good Wife with a speech honoring co-creators Robert and Michelle King, despite what the network boss said earlier this month about continuing with a season eight.
Margulies was on hand to honor the Kings, who will be leaving The Good Wife at the end of season seven, at the Casting Society of America's Artios Awards.
"I surprised Robert and Michelle tonight," she said to the assembled crowd of casting directors, according to Vulture. "They didn't know I was going to be here. They think I'm here for them, but I'm unemployed come April, and I think you haven't seen me in a while, at least not in person, so I thought I should show up."
Looks like Margulies is prepared to hang up her Alicia Florrick wig after season sevens. Could the show go on without her? At the 2016 TCA Winter Press Tour, CBS boss Glenn Geller told the audience the Kings would be leaving at the end of this year, but that didn't necessarily mean the end of The Good Wife. "We haven't determined if there will be another season or not," he said.
"They have an arc planned every year they pitch what the season's going to be about. We haven't really discussed beyond this what the series would look like, what next season could be, because they've said this is the last year we're going to be on the show. But it could certainly go on," Geller said. "I think you can see every year, the producers are able to reinvent what the show looks like, they add characters, some go away, some go on. The show looks very different than it did just three years ago."
Robert King told TVLine CBS was trying to make deals for season eight, but looks like Margulies has other ideas. Prior to season five, she told HuffPost season seven would be the end of the road. "I have enough in me as long as they want to write," Margulies said before The Good Wife season five kicked off. "As long as the writing stays like this, I can keep going. [Robert King] told me a while ago … he said, 'I know I have seven in me. I'm not sure if I have more, but I definitely have seven.' If they'll have us, I think seven is a great number."
The Kings have another CBS show, BrainDead starring Aaron Tveit, Danny Pino and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and a pilot at Amazon.
The Good Wife season seven airs Sundays, 9 p.m. on CBS.