Alicia is in a dilemma. She has been scrabbling between her responsibilities as a mother, her career in Lockhart and Gardner and her emotional attachment for Will. In the episode “What’s in the Box?” Alicia has made a decision to be part of Cary’s firm. This was a hasty decision and what is worse was it was not even considered from a career point of view.
In a suspense ending, Alicia and Will appeared to still have strong feelings for each other but both decided not to discuss their emotions and focus more on their career and other responsibilities. Well, a bit frustrating but good thing that The Good Wife has been signed up for another season.
For the season finale, the plot involved Alicia who told Cary that she would be part of his firm. Of course, this was a decision that would not make Will happy. Career wise, the step is good for Alicia but she is not leaving her current firm for the right reasons. Instead of dealing with her relationship struggles with the firm, she decides to get away from it. One consideration that must be made is that at least, nothing is final and changes could still be done. However, another complicating factor is Alicia is about to be the First Lady of Illinois after her husband, Peter, won the elections. This time, Alicia has to find the balance and learn to manage her career as a lawyer while her husband is the Governor.
Aside from the captivating focus on Alicia, the elections also had its part in the finale. Going back to the premiere of the season, Zach, Alicia’s son, got arrested. Zach took a video of a police officer which in the end of that particular episode, the trouble he got with his phone led to an electoral mess. It was at the start dreaded that the campaign might be decided by a narrow margin, but Peter won the elections with almost a million votes.
On the other hand, Kalinda found out that the there was a deception in the votes. The Democrats faked the votes for Peter so he could win. This information was detrimental. Will could have easily used it to ruin the relationship of Peter and Alicia. However, Will went straight to Peter. And Peter just brushed the matter back to Will. In the end, the uncovered story about the votes did not have an effect on Peter’s election. But it did establish that Peter has not changed at all from his malicious ways.
Furthermore, Kalinda claimed that there was only one copy of the evidence regarding the vote scam. But it is always possible that other people may have knowledge or evidence about it and it could eventually leak out. Will knowing about Peter’s scandal could also use the information to further his relationship with Alicia. But it could at the same time backfire. Also he is not yet aware of Alicia’s betrayal of the firm.
With the open twist in the season finale, many story lines could be imagined. Will and Alicia’s relationship could take a step higher; Peter could get away and get sworn as Governor or be part of the long list of politicians imprisoned for electoral fraud. Season five is indeed up for interesting twists.