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The Good Wife Season 5 Review: Alicia Fiestier Than Ever

The Good Wife Season 5 Review: Alicia Fiestier Than Ever

*Please note this may contain spoilers for those who have not seen the previous 4 seasons of The Good Wife*

This season sees Alicia and Cary try to break away from the oppressive rule of Diane and Will and start their own firm. This won’t be easy for Alicia given her romantic history with Will and her status as partner at Lockhart & Gardner. Season 5 is full of betrayals and nobody can trust anybody. Expect new cases, old clients and plenty of fresh drama.

Before reading on, why not check out my reviews of the previous seasons of The Good Wife:
The Good Wife Season 1: A Stunning TV Debut
The Good Wife Season 2: Slow Start, Exciting End
The Good Wife Season 3: From Strength to Strength

Alicia undergoes a huge change in this series and becomes feistier than ever before. I have flip-flopped previously in this series between thinking she is seriously kick-ass but then also thinking she’s a little too passive. In this season, she is mostly just kick-ass. There is a huge, and I mean huge, plot twist in the middle of this season that completely changes everything, most of all Alicia. I read an interview with the producers of The Good Wife and that was the reason behind this huge plot twist – they wanted to allow Alicia’s character to develop even more, in a way that wouldn’t have been possible without this twist.

Many other characters also come into greater prominence including Cary, Diane, Robin, David Lee and more. It’s amazing how even though Alicia is undoubtedly the lead character that they have still managed to weave such intricate back stories for all the other characters too.

The legal dramas certainly get more interesting with some new cases but other ones featuring regular clients. What I like about The Good Wife is that it doesn’t glamorise law quite as much as other dramas. Of course, this is still fiction and highly dramatised, but it also shows the harsh reality of a lawyer’s life – long hours and tough cases. Often you’re not defending someone who is innocent, which is difficult, but at the end of the day it’s your job and these guys just have to get on with it.

The cases seem to be getting more and more interesting and have  forced me to challenge my own views. There are cases involving death row, the chair, social media, divorce, abortion – all of which are very pertinent issues in today’s society, making this show all the greater. The Good Wife hits you with a healthy dose of realism, which contrasts with the likes of Suits or How To Get Away With Murder and this legal drama is undoubtedly several steps ahead of the others.

All in all, this would have to be one of my favourite seasons of The Good Wife yet and we ended on yet another cliff hanger. I can’t wait to see where this series is headed as it seems to be picking up the pace quite considerably now. This series achieved massive critical acclaim when it was first aired and is considered by many to be the best season yet. Not one to miss!

Catch my other reviews of the Good Wife below:

The Good Wife Season 1: A Stunning TV Debut
The Good Wife Season 2: Slow Start, Exciting End
The Good Wife Season 3: From Strength to Strength
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40 Comments

  1. Hannah Latoya Bond
    16th January 2017 / 10:46 AM

    I’ve never seen this tv show. Sounds like you really enjoy it though x

  2. 16th January 2017 / 11:24 AM

    I’ve heard so many good things about this show – I really should watch it x

  3. Lynne Harper
    16th January 2017 / 11:31 AM

    This post was made for me. Im a massive fan of The Good Wife. I actually only found it by chnace on Netfix one day and was hooked from the 1st Episode, I binge watched the first load of seasons lol. Agree I a loved this Season so much x

  4. 16th January 2017 / 12:27 PM

    Netflix makes the best shows I swear, I remember binge watching this not too long ago!

  5. Migs.Alaine Alejandrino
    16th January 2017 / 2:31 PM

    Netflix is love! I can stay at home for a month with water, food and Netflix. I have been hearing about this series and this might be the perfect chance to catch up. Seems like I’ve been missing a lot.

  6. 16th January 2017 / 3:15 PM

    I keep meaning to watch this series and I just haven’t gotten to it. I have heard so many good things about it from so many people x

  7. Beautyqueenuk
    16th January 2017 / 4:08 PM

    I have this saved on my to watch list as so many people keep saying it is amazing x

  8. 16th January 2017 / 6:43 PM

    I’ve never seen this but I’m on the look out for a new series to watch x

  9. Jo Wiggins
    16th January 2017 / 7:59 PM

    This is a series I’m about to start watching so I didn’t read too much as I don’t want to spoil it. I can’t wait to start it x

  10. Jodie Whitham
    16th January 2017 / 8:28 PM

    Always wanted to get into this. Watched a few episodes of the first series, but somehow never got into it x

  11. 16th January 2017 / 8:42 PM

    I dont watch shows like this but I know people who do and love them,

  12. Deborah Nicholas
    16th January 2017 / 9:20 PM

    oh ive never watched this but so many people recommend it, when im finished with Designated Survivor i will give it a go!

  13. 16th January 2017 / 9:29 PM

    Sounds interesting. I’ve never seen even a single episode of this drama. I liked How to Get Away with Murder though. Thanks for introducing this. Let me catch a couple of episodes. If I like, I might continue!

  14. 16th January 2017 / 9:50 PM

    I used to be really into this programme but I lost my way with it. I really should watch them all again

  15. 16th January 2017 / 10:35 PM

    I’ve never seen the Good Wife before but it looks very interesting! 🙂

  16. Hayley
    16th January 2017 / 11:03 PM

    I’ve never seen this series before, I’ll have to check it out!

  17. kcalpesh
    17th January 2017 / 3:23 AM

    Not sure if they are showing this series in India. But I guess it is available on amazon prime. Looks exciting from your review and willl try to watch it.

  18. Travelerette
    17th January 2017 / 3:34 AM

    I will never forget watching that twist for the first time! I was so shocked! But if someone does not want to do their job anymore, what choice does anyone else have? I also enjoyed Season 5, but not Season 6 as much. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

  19. Maaya Legaspi
    17th January 2017 / 5:35 AM

    I’ve never heard of this series, is this available in netflix? The last time I watched a full series is last 2015. lol. But judging from the reviews, I will check this out.

  20. cieri
    17th January 2017 / 6:00 AM

    It’s the first time I heard about this series. Hope I can watch it somewhere in the web. Looks like interesting. Might share this to my friend who loves tv series!

  21. 17th January 2017 / 7:20 AM

    I’m still yet to watch this series. I’ve heard so many great things about it.

  22. Savi and Vid
    17th January 2017 / 9:10 AM

    I have’t seen The Good Wife but I’m already streaming the first episode now – forever looking for a new series to get addicted to 🙂

  23. 17th January 2017 / 9:22 AM

    I’ve never seen the Good Wife but it sounds interesting, I might have to give it a go one day x

  24. Yogo Cream
    17th January 2017 / 10:31 AM

    It’s my first time hearing about this tv series and it’s already on its season 5. It must be good for it to come a long way. I don’t think I’ll start watching it just yet since I don’t think I can relate to it. Will just take note of it and once I get married, I’ll watch it.

  25. fashion-mommy
    17th January 2017 / 1:04 PM

    I absolutely love the Good Wife, think it should’ve been a much bigger hit in the UK.

  26. 17th January 2017 / 1:54 PM

    I haven’t seen or even heard of The Good Wife before. Seems intriguing, though I don’t think it’s something my husband would want to watch with me. 🙂

  27. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    17th January 2017 / 2:56 PM

    I keep hearing good things about this but I’ve never watched it – it’s on the list!

  28. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    17th January 2017 / 5:16 PM

    We finished watching this a couple of months ago and I was gutted when it ended. Definitely one of my favourite series.

  29. 17th January 2017 / 8:33 PM

    Having watched all the seasons (sad its over) I am loving these recaps as it’s just an amazing drama

  30. Teresa Bowen
    17th January 2017 / 8:58 PM

    Another series I don’t watch but need to catch up with at some point. It sounds interesting.

  31. Dena Jayne
    17th January 2017 / 9:38 PM

    I don’t watch this, I’ve never heard of it tbh! Sounds like I am missing out xo

  32. Gryselle Mae
    18th January 2017 / 1:11 PM

    I haven’t heard of the good wife however, this series sounds interesting! I love legal dramas! It makes me think. Will definitely add this to my drama list. I’m currently watching a Japanese legal series. I don’t know the English title though.

  33. 18th January 2017 / 3:36 PM

    This is not a series that I am aware of, however will be looking out for it now. I love legal dramas and watch a couple of them. I think this could be my new series to binge watch! xx

  34. francesca
    18th January 2017 / 8:40 PM

    I haven’t ever seen the good wife nor heard of it but I’ll have to look it up and gove it a go!

  35. Baby Isabella
    18th January 2017 / 9:23 PM

    We’ve heard of this series but never watched it! Sounds intriguing must try and find a boxset x

  36. Melanie Edjourian
    18th January 2017 / 9:24 PM

    I have been meaning to check this out for a while now it does sound like an interesting series.

  37. 19th January 2017 / 12:29 AM

    I need to try watching this series again. Thanks for the heads up.

  38. 19th January 2017 / 9:43 AM

    I dont seem to have any spare time to sit and watch series and maybe I should I see many friends talking about them

  39. 20th January 2017 / 6:58 PM

    I’ve not heard of this show before, but I will give it a go! 🙂

    Dani x

  40. Charlotte
    22nd January 2017 / 5:16 PM

    I have been meaning to start watching this programme for ages. You’ve reminded me I need to!

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