"The Good Wife" co-creator Robert King promised an intense upcoming fifth season of the CBS drama during the recent Television Critics Association press tour, promising "very explosive" stories and likening the situation the characters find themselves in to a "civil war."
King, along with series co-creator Michelle King and star Julianna Margulies, also discussed the show's tendency to rip plots from the headlines. Naturally, given the show's roots in sex scandal, the conversation turned to New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner's recently revealed sexting dalliances and last week's press conference, during which Weiner's wife Huma Abedin, was trotted out to declare her support for her husband.
"My initial thought (when watching the conference) was that she had the exact look that I tried to capture in the pilot when you first meet the Florricks, and you see [Alicia] standing behind her disgraced man," Margulies offered.
Margulies added that she feels "complete compassion and empathy" for Abedin. "Having played this character now for four going on five years, I see it differently," Margulies said.
Another current event that "The Good Wife" panel addressed was the current exploration of the National Security Agency's surveillance program, which exploded with the allegations of Edward Snowden. Peter King noted that the NSA situation will "kind of offer a framework for the year." According to King, a plot line from the third season, when Florrick's law firm represented a terrorist sympathizer, will lead to the revelation that the firm had been monitored.