Almost none of the commentary I’ve read on The Good Wife season 5 finale has talked about Kalinda’s thoughts and feelings, which just highlights how little effort the show put into showing her thoughts and feelings. She was just a prop to be pimped out by Diane and abused by Cary, without a split second being devoted to what Kalinda thought about any of this. She had no reaction to Diane asking her to sleep with Cary other than “sure” and, once Cary stopped abusing her, her reaction to that was to… try and do the job she was there being paid to do?!?! I fail to see why her reaction would have been anything other than smashing him upside the head with something heavy, chaining him to the bed, and having her legion of cop friends come and take him to jail. Even if she elected to not file charges I’m sure she could’ve made sure he spent the night in a jail cell, which is where he belonged.
And why was there no exploration of the effect of what Diane asked Kalinda to do on Kalinda? Here’s Diane, taking advantage of a wounded, grieving person in a particularly awful and exploitive way. Diane took Kalinda’s offer of help and loyalty and used that to force Kalinda to sleep with someone. And Kalinda’s totally cool with this? I… what? How does any of this make any sense at all, from Kalinda’s point of view?
The answer is, it doesn’t. Kalinda’s point of view was never considered at all.