A mandatory disclaimer – I have always been a shipper. I’ve been told that shipping characters on good shows reduces it to the level of any other teen drama. But to like a show I need to be invested in its characters, and if I am invested in the characters then I am invested in all aspects of their life – including their love lives.
And yes, I was shocked, upset and disappointed with the writers’ decision to have him written off in an irreversible twist. How will Alicia get her happy ending? It also meant that I enjoyed this episode’s closing scene.
Alicia was never supposed to be with Peter. They were the convenient option, maybe even the logical option, but there was always something off about their relationship. A big red flag of course is the cheating (on both sides, although St. Alicia has always used it to take the moral high ground). They were both using each other – as Alicia pointed out this week, they both need each other for their respective careers. Clearly not the healthiest of relationships.
The fallout from Will’s death was always going to trigger what-ifs for Alicia. TGW creators, Robert and Michelle King, had addressed the impact of the death, saying, “Will’s death propels Alicia into her newest incarnation. These turning points keep the show from slipping into a numbing sameness and keep the characters fresh because you see how they react to a completely new status quo. Will’s death in many ways becomes a hub for the whole series, violently spinning everybody in new directions.” The two seemingly huge turning points for Alicia have come fairly quickly – dumping Peter and questioning her choice of career.
For Diane and Kalinda the transition looks to be slower. Kalinda is looking for a quick fix solution to get over the loss of a friend. Diane is trying to fill a vacuum and is warned by David Lee to not make any major decisions while she is in mourning. Just one of the many ploys used by Lee to make sure a Lockhart-Gardner-Florick-Agos merger doesn’t happen.
TGW always works best when it balances cases with the personal and corporate drama as its backdrop. With Will’s death the relationships have been front and centre – particularly for the three women in Will’s life. Which is fine for now. After all how else does one deal with a major character death mid way through a season? But the quirky is missing that TGW delivers so well through it’s wonderfully weird clients, judges and opposing counsel.
This episode’s case of the week too was a foil to Alicia’s coming to terms with Will’s death and the potential merger talks between Florrick-Agos and Lockhart-Gardner. The divorce proceedings only positive was allowing David Lee involvement in an active case.
The Finn Polmar scapegoat story will continue through this season (Matthew Goode is now a series regular). Michael J Fox is back – claiming to be the new Will and in David’s corner. Will that prompt Diane to seek out a role in Florrick-Agos?
Here’s hoping for more Cary (independent of Kalinda), more Eli and maybe some side stories with the kids?