So, no, Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) and Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) did not exactly share that scene together. In the Season 6 finale of “The Good Wife,” Kalinda, on the run from Bishops’ (Mike Colter) “fixers,” met with Alicia at a bar to say goodbye before skipping town and making her series exit – Panjabi announced earlier this year that she would be leaving the show after the season. The scene would have been the first the two characters had shared in over three seasons, but savvy fans were quick to point that the highly anticipated reunion seemed to be faked. Well, "The Good Wife" executive producers Robert and Michelle King have finally broken their silence (sort of) on the controversial moment.
Speaking to TVLine, the Kings admitted that CGI was used to combine Margulies and Panjabi's performances in the scene as the actresses did not film their parts together and were never in the same room. However, the producing pair was quick to dodge any implication that the special effects trickery had anything to do with any real life beef between Margulies and Panjabi when asked about fans' disappointment with the scene.
"We’ve had reporters in the editing room before and they can see the tricks we bring to [the show]. What I don’t like is how this connects itself to gossip. Just so we’re clear, Josh [Will Gardner] wasn’t really killed. We faked those gunshots. We fake everything in the show, so I can address this on a storytelling level that there was no intent ever to dupe the viewers," said Robert King. "I do know what you are going after [with the question], and the only thing I will address is the storytelling. The mechanics of how we do our show is its own thing and we’re usually an open book about it, until it comes down to gossip."
Michelle King added that the CGI used to bring Alicia and Kalinda together was nothing new for the show.
"We are certainly never ever hoping to hurt the fans’ feelings or make them feel like that trust has been broken," said Michelle King. "But we’re making the show every day using tricks, like if you’re in a car and there’s green screen and it looks like Chicago out the window but that’s not exactly where we are. That’s an every day, run-of-the-mill thing on the show."
It is not surprising that the producers would be so defensive about the question, considering the rumors of a real life feud between Margulies and Panjabi. Margulies is a producer on the show, leading many to believe that she had personally been responsible for the fact that the two actresses had not shared screen time since Season 4. The two stars, as well as the show’s producers, have a long history of dodging questions about the matter. However, the origins of the potential feud have never been revealed.
Will fans ever learn the truth about what went on behind-the-scenes? Season 7 of "The Good Wife" returns to CBS on Oct. 4.