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The Good Wife Season 3 Review: From Strength To Strength

The Good Wife Season 3 Review: From Strength To Strength

The first season of The Good Wife surprised me with its realism and tenacious leading woman. I had my doubts about season 2 but in the end it turned out to be just as exciting, if not more exciting, than the first season. After two amazing seasons, I was convinced that this series would start to slow down and lose itself – but it did not. Season 3 of The Good Wife is just as punchy as the first two and brings new and fresh content with it. 

For those of you who have never seen this show before, The Good Wife follows the story of Alicia Florrick, wife of the State Attorney, Peter Florrick. At the beginning of the show, Peter is caught in a political and sex scandal, sending him to prison. Alicia returns to work after 13 years as a junior associate at Lockhart & Gardner, building up her professional reputation without the help of her husband.

// Click to check out my reviews of season 1 and season two of The Good Wife before continuing. There may be *spoilers* for those who have not yet seen the first two seasons. //


At the end of Season 2, Alicia left her husband, Peter, and it looked like she was about to finally get with her Georgetown sweetheart and boss, Will Gardner. In Season 3, Alicia has left her husband following the revelation of yet another sex scandal, this time featuring her coworker and best friend, Kalinda Sharma. She starts up an illicit affair with Will Gardner, her boss, something that fans have been waiting on for the past two seasons.

At work, Alicia is well on track to making partner but Will runs into difficult with the DA’s office. Wendy Scott Car is determined to bring his legal career to an end by bringing up some misdemeanours from the past and it is unclear whether Will be able to talk his way out of this one. Meanwhile Cary continues to make his mark at the State Attorney’s office, proving to be tough competition for the lawyers at Lockhart & Gardner.

Season 3 seems to have learnt from the mistakes of season 2 and this time round all the subplots are highly exciting and full of suspense from the beginning to the end of the series. Will became a much more important character and the story concerning his disbarment was surprisingly gripping. Will never seems to show much feeling and that doesn’t change hugely in season 3 but you do get to learn a little more about this workaholic. With Lockhart & Gardner under significant financial strain through the series, we see the dynamic between Will and his partner Dianne go through some serious ups and downs and there are numerous plot twists and turns here too.


Things heat up at the State Attorney’s office as Peter Florrick is determined to run a clean office this time round. No dodgy deals and no leniency. This makes things a heck of a lot harder for everyone at Lockhart & Gardner and it’s not all win win win anymore. Whilst the cases seem to have become more complex and require greater concentration, this only makes the show better as I probably would’ve gotten bored of the repetitive cases after a while.

The most exciting subplot (again) has to be Kalinda’s. The sidekick to the hero, she’s always in the background but never takes the spotlight. The story of her hidden past is still ongoing but it climaxes at the end of the season, much in the same way it did in season 2. This time the surprise is even bigger and will no doubt keep the drama going in season 4. Kalinda is the character to watch as she’s always got new tricks up her sleeves and nobody’s really sure who she is or where she came from.

As predicted, Alicia is colder, harder and bitchier, but who can blame her after she finds out her husband had even more skeletons in his closet. The affair with Will brings a new side to Alicia, the flirty side, which has been suppressed so far. Alicia, the ‘good wife’, always toes the line and follows the rules, but now she’s committing a cardinal sin and who knows what she’s capable of now.

Season 3 proved to be the most exciting and dramatic season of The Good Wife yet and it really is going from strength to strength. There are still four seasons left but I am seriously impressed with this show so far as it has proved to be consistently emotional, thrilling and climactic.


Have you watched The Good Wife? Are the next four seasons even better than the first three?

If you liked this post, check out these:

The Good Wife Season 1 Review
The Good Wife Season 2 Review 
The Good Wife Season 5 Review
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  1. PrettyLusciousThings
    3rd Sep 2016 / 3:57 PM

    Loved The Good Wife – great adult drama with great main and secondary story lines. Gutted its now finished but hoping that the spin off will happen and be as good.

  2. 3rd Sep 2016 / 3:59 PM

    We watch a lot of box sets, but not seen any of these yet, I have heard a lot of people say how great it is, so must add it to our watch list x

  3. 3rd Sep 2016 / 6:43 PM

    I’m always late to the party and have not seen this – one for a Xmas box set maybe

  4. Laura
    3rd Sep 2016 / 10:09 PM

    I absolutely LOVE the good wife. I don’t find that the latest series is as good as the earlier ones because of the absence of a particular character xxx

  5. 4th Sep 2016 / 12:25 AM

    I’ve never seen the good wife before but sounds like a great show x

  6. Alyssia Slade
    4th Sep 2016 / 1:14 AM

    I’ve never watched this show, but I have just run out of to to watch and I believe this is in Netflix so may give it a go!

  7. 4th Sep 2016 / 8:50 AM

    I’ve never watched this series (yet) but I’ve heard such good things about it that I’m tempted to give it a go. Thanks for helping convince me. 🙂

  8. 4th Sep 2016 / 12:43 PM

    I still haven’t ever seen this. I am promising myself an afternoon tea break when school starts again though so I can watch in peace!

  9. 4th Sep 2016 / 1:03 PM

    The Good Wife is fantastic, one of my favourite shows. Can’t wait for you to catch up!

  10. Clairejustineo
    4th Sep 2016 / 2:02 PM

    Whoo I have never seen this before, must look out for this. Love Netflix 🙂

  11. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    4th Sep 2016 / 2:19 PM

    I’ve not seen this yet but I definitely want to give it a watch soon!

  12. Julie Wright
    4th Sep 2016 / 2:50 PM

    I have not seen this, but have seen the advert trailers for it. Glad you are enjoying it, I love it when you get engrossed into a series.

    I loved watching this actress playing Carol in ER, now that was an awesome series!

  13. Kira L Curtis
    4th Sep 2016 / 2:57 PM

    I had heard about The Good Wife but wasn’t sure what it was about! Sounds goo to know that it’s getting better and better! I may have to give it a watch!

  14. 4th Sep 2016 / 3:28 PM

    I still haven’t got into Netflix this sounds good

  15. Beautyqueenuk
    4th Sep 2016 / 6:48 PM

    I havent seen it yet but it is listed on my favourites to start watching having been recommended to me x

  16. Laura Dove
    4th Sep 2016 / 7:16 PM

    I haven’t seen this yet but am looking for a new series to get into! Must check it out!

  17. Jessica Dearnley
    4th Sep 2016 / 7:59 PM

    I really need a good TV series to get hooked on, I will have to check this out.

  18. 4th Sep 2016 / 9:25 PM

    We’ve heard of the show but never watched it! Sounds intriguing 🙂

  19. La French Connection
    4th Sep 2016 / 9:37 PM

    And here is another series I should start. But I have to many going on and I’d like to start Stranger Things too… Added on the list!

    Mika | http://www.la-french-connection.com

  20. Danielle
    4th Sep 2016 / 10:01 PM

    This is currently saved on my favourites to watch it sounds amazing xx

  21. Natalia Molinero Mingorance
    5th Sep 2016 / 7:17 AM

    Sounds really interesting, I like those kind of stories x

  22. Kara
    5th Sep 2016 / 11:18 AM

    I have not seen this but love Netflix. Just finished the second series of Daredevil which we loved

  23. 5th Sep 2016 / 1:21 PM

    I tried watching Good Wife but I lost interest along the way. Need to try again.

  24. Tanya Brannan
    5th Sep 2016 / 5:23 PM

    I hadn’t heard of this series but it Seems like it is just the kind of thing that I like! Thank you for the recommendation x

  25. 5th Sep 2016 / 10:02 PM

    I’ve seen a few episodes of this, but have never really got into it. Might have to give it another go!

  26. Melanie Edjourian
    5th Sep 2016 / 10:20 PM

    I haven’t seen any of this before but I know others that love it.

  27. 6th Sep 2016 / 9:28 AM

    I just have to say I didn’t read your whole post as I saw it may contain spoilers… I have this as my next up to watch on Netflix while all my shows are off-air for their season breaks, I can’t deal with spoilers haha! xx

  28. kerry norris
    6th Sep 2016 / 10:01 AM

    I’ve big heard of this but always on the look out for new series’ to watch. X

  29. bericebaby
    8th Sep 2016 / 11:22 AM

    OMG! One of the best series i’ve ever watched, I actually felt so lost when it ended.
    I was lucky I could binge watch all 7 season – couldn’t imagin having to wait weekly/ yearly to watch it.
    Warning: Season 5 (i think) is a massive tear jerker & Kalinda is a BOSS!
    I was worried the show would go down hill in season 6 but nope they keep it going!! You’ll love it
    Charlotte x

  30. Brand & Beauty
    8th Sep 2016 / 1:25 PM

    The good wife sounds really exciting! I have always wanted to watch it, maybe now is the time x

  31. RustedBones
    9th Sep 2016 / 5:26 PM

    Ohh I’ve never heard of this show, but always on the lookout for new series to watch! Will have a look at the trailer 🙂

    Sandra x

  32. Laura Dove
    21st Sep 2016 / 5:01 PM

    I’ve still never watched this but I do keep meaning to as I have heard so many good things about it! I never have the time for TV these days, unless it’s kids TV!

  33. Tania Potter
    21st Sep 2016 / 5:14 PM

    It is great until Season four and then it loses the magic and got silly in parts. I was mad about it before that so was really sorry when it became tedious to watch.

  34. bc21578
    21st Sep 2016 / 7:30 PM

    I’ve never heard of THE GOOD WIFE before, but I do have NETFLIX. Lately, I’ve been on an Anthony Bourdain kick. I’m sure the adult film industry will make a parody of this show. Probably call it THE BAD WIFE, lol?

  35. Jolina
    21st Sep 2016 / 7:57 PM

    OMG I love The Good Wife. Alicia and Eli and the whole gang. Have you watched the final episode though? I still don’t know how I feel about that.

  36. Megan Ogden
    21st Sep 2016 / 8:11 PM

    I’ve never heard of the Good Wife, but it sounds like a show I would enjoy! I love shows with a strong female lead.

  37. Little Steps
    21st Sep 2016 / 10:30 PM

    I used to follow the first season, but never had the chance to watch again. Might just get into it one of these day 😉

  38. 21st Sep 2016 / 11:33 PM

    The plot of this show does sound gripping. I can’t believe I haven’t checked this out yet on Netflix.

  39. Eloise Maoudj Riley
    22nd Sep 2016 / 4:05 AM

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about this show, I think I have to start watching this! You’ve talked me into it : )

  40. 22nd Sep 2016 / 5:22 AM

    I’ve never seen a single episode but I hear it’s good and worth watching. I wouldn’t mind checking a few episodes out to see if it’s something that I would love. Thanks for the review!

  41. Talya Stone
    22nd Sep 2016 / 1:57 PM

    I have never watched this and wondering where I’ve been..off to investigate!

  42. Kara
    22nd Sep 2016 / 4:28 PM

    I have not watched this. Engrossed in Lucifer at the moment but will check it out afterwards

  43. Mary Welby
    22nd Sep 2016 / 5:13 PM

    I haven’t watched The Good Wife but it seems phenomenal. You aren’t the only person who seems to really like the show. I’ll have to add it to my Netflix list.

  44. Renna
    22nd Sep 2016 / 8:19 PM

    Reading your post really makes me want to watch it now. I like watching Victoria at the moment.

  45. Clairejustineo
    22nd Sep 2016 / 9:48 PM

    I have heard of this but never watched it before. Whoo we have Netflix, I will have a look for it now 🙂

  46. 23rd Sep 2016 / 8:01 AM

    I used to watch it all the way to season 5 but not done much since then. Loving your review

  47. Rose Sahetapy
    23rd Sep 2016 / 5:48 PM

    I haven’t watched this, but I like how you share the information from the previous seasons, make it much easier to follow the show.

  48. Melanie Edjourian
    23rd Sep 2016 / 7:02 PM

    I haven’t watched this myself but my friend does and she loves it.

  49. Newcastle Family Life
    23rd Sep 2016 / 8:55 PM

    I have not watched this show yet, I keep hearing good things about it though from friends. We have Netflix and I never watch anything on it, I really should x

  50. Anamika Ojha
    23rd Sep 2016 / 10:01 PM

    I’ve always wanted to watch The Good Wives but never got an opportunity to watch! Though my friend is big time fan of this show! She will love your post!

  51. Janella Panchamsingh
    24th Sep 2016 / 11:51 PM

    Ive always wanted to take in this series but I was afraid it wasn’t good. I think ill gvie it a try

  52. Zena's Suitcase
    25th Sep 2016 / 10:36 PM

    This sounds really good. I can’t believe I’ve not seen it before. This could be my winter TV sorted

  53. ThisKenyanTraveler
    26th Sep 2016 / 8:55 AM

    I’ve never watched the good wife. My new TV addiction 🙂

  54. Claudia H. Blanton
    27th Sep 2016 / 12:02 AM

    don’t shoot me, but I have never watched that show – there are so many good shows out there right now, it is hard to keep up! Thankfully it will be on netflix at some point, or is it already? Blessings!

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