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Top 6 Moments From Season 5 of The Good Wife

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The Good Wife’s fifth season was its best to date. Stunning writing, superb acting and game-changing moments had everyone talking about the CBS drama this past TV season. Keep reading to relive the Top 6 moments that catapulted Season 5 of The Good Wife into TV legend!


No. 6: Peter Endorses Finn for State’s Attorney

Finn (Matthew Goode) was the ASA who tried saving Will’s (Josh Charles) life during the Jeffrey Grant (Hunter Parrish) shooting, and was hit twice in the process. After the State’s Attorney tried to scapegoat Finn as the person who railroaded Jeffrey Grant, he turned to Alicia (Julianna Margulies) for help.

Ever the politician’s wife, she suggested he run against his boss, just so he couldn’t be fired for discrimination. She had Eli (Alan Cumming) help with the process, which got him on Governor Florrick’s (Chris Noth) radar. Since Peter probably wanted to impress his wife, it led to a public endorsement. No one was more shocked than Finn. 


No. 5: Diane Wants to Join Florrick/Agos

Although it was fascinating to watch Florrick/Agos break away from Lockhart/Gardner, you knew the show would have to figure out how to put all the main players back in one firm. However, when a merger didn’t work out, and Diane (Christine Baranski) was threatened with her firm being dissolved if she didn’t step down from a managerial position, a new solution was presented. Diane turned to the struggling start-up, and asked to contribute $38 million in billing if she could join Florrick/Agos. 

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No. 4: Alicia and Peter’s Union Becomes a Political Marriage Only

Peter (Chris Noth) and Alicia (Julianna Margulies) have had their ups and downs as a couple. Alicia stood by her man through most of it. When her resolve wavered, Peter always became mean and blamed her.

After Peter’s nasty, inconsiderate behavior following Will’s (Josh Charles) death, Alicia finally had enough. She told Peter the marriage was over in everything but name only. It was nice to see Alicia put Peter in his place at last, but is she really done playing the “good wife?” 


No. 3: Will Alicia Become a Political Candidate?

After Finn’s (Matthew Goode) bid for State’s Attorney fell through, the Governor (Chris Noth) and Eli (Alan Cumming) had to scramble to find a replacement nominee to endorse. When their first choice declined, Eli despaired at the long road ahead. Suddenly a light bulb; he looked at Alicia (Julianna Margulies). Really looked. Then, he asked if she ever considered running for State’s Attorney. 


No. 2: Will Angrily Confronts Alicia

The episode entitled “Hitting the Fan” could not have been more apt. When Will (Josh Charles) discovered Alicia (Julianna Margulies) was leaving him, er, his firm, and taking his top clients, he exploded.

In just a few moments, he went from denial to stunned understanding, then rage. It led to an angry confrontation which left all the contents from her desk on the floor, and Alicia in tears. This moment was also the first major game-changer of the season. 


No. 1: Will is Killed

The most jaw-dropping moment of the year was easily the death of Will Gardner (Josh Charles). There were no spoilers ahead of time, nor clues on screen.

Will was helping likeable, wrongly-accused college student Jeffrey Grant (Hunter Parrish)  beat a murder charge. Unfortunately, all the stress and hellish prison conditions made the once docile lad snap.

In a moment of total despair, Jeffrey grabbed a guard’s gun and opened fire. He murdered the likely killer, who’d been testifying against him, and unfortunately, Will. An intrinsic part of the show, Lockhart/Gardner will never be the same, and neither will Alicia (Julianna Margulies).

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