"I know The Good Wife has a long season, and we’re only three episodes in. But Kalinda fans already have a lingering bitterness from last season of the The Husband Storyline That Shall Not Be Named. The Kings acknowledged that they messed up with it; they were aware that people were upset. So they promised us a new love interest for Kalinda this season. So I know it is coming.
But in these three episodes thus far, she is practically a ghost. And there is so much drama going on with Will and Diane—which, don’t get me wrong, I love—that I don’t have any hope of this love interest coming into play any time soon, or when it is, any faith that it will really be given a decent amount of screen time. Even though the husband storyline was awful last season, at least it did help to further Kalinda’s character, at least in my opinion. We had chances to question her dark and mysterious past; she seemed alternately strong and vulnerable; she had a depth beyond just taking orders in the Lockhart Gardner offices. And the pairing of her with Robyn at the end of last season was really genius; watching her work with the yin to her yang was both hilarious and satisfying, somehow. It was nice having someone on her side again that didn’t just want to seduce her, that made her feel a little less alone, especially in light of the fact that her and Alicia’s relationship seemed to be fading fast.
I know there’s a lot of other things for the Kings to play with right now, but I also feel that they have to know how much people love Kalinda. That she’s as essential to the show as Alicia or Diane or Will for it to really give the dynamite punch that The Good Wife can give. Because I was trolling the Internets after last night’s episode, and it seems that even the straights are noticing, and bemoaning, her absence. So bring her back to us, will you?”
- So I wrote this long rant in my Good Wife recap on AfterEllen - yesterday. And then this morning I learned that the promised love interest isn’t even happening. WHY DO YOU HATE ME AND NOT WANT ME TO BE HAPPY, GOOD WIFE.
I want the writers to do more with Kalinda, but by incorporating her more into the narrative as a whole, not with an endless parade of love interests. The storyline with her husband didn’t do a single thing for the character besides turn her into a sexual play thing (why the thought of focusing in any way on Kalinda’s love life horrifies me, the writers are so bad at it). I would love to see a take-charge Kalinda engaged and involved in what is going on. For example, Alicia is leaving - instead of sulking about it, Kalinda can recognize that Alicia is going to be taking a lot of knowledge and experience with her, not to mention access to highly-placed individuals, leading to Kalinda can propose a trade of survives with Alicia: Kalinda will use her investigative skills to help Alicia when she needs it provided Alicia help Kalinda with info or access when she needs it. I’d rather see THAT roughly a million times more than continuing the love interest parade. Kalinda is more than who she is sleeping with.