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NEW YORK – Will Peter Florrick, embattled governor of Illinois, be found guilty and face prison?
Will his dutiful wife, Alicia, continue to stand by him — or finalize their pending divorce and stick with her new love, private investigator Jason Crouse?
These are among the gnawing questions waiting to be answered when "The Good Wife " concludes its seven-season run Sunday night (9 p.m. Eastern time, CBS).
Starring Julianna Margulies as wife, mother and powerful Chicago lawyer Alicia Florrick, this complex drama has blended social issues, office politics and family turmoil in multi-strand narratives populated with a robust supporting cast including Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, Matt Czuchry, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Jason, and Chris Noth as Peter.
Since its premiere in 2009, "The Good Wife" has won devoted fans, critical acclaim and awards that include five Emmys and a Peabody.
Its husband-and-wife creators, Robert and Michelle King, have played a vital role in bringing the series to its conclusion. Now they have opted to move on, with their next project "BrainDead ," a new drama series premiering on CBS this summer.
The end of last week's "Good Wife" found Gov. Florrick, despite professing he is innocent of corruption charges from his stint as state's attorney, opting to take a deal: two year's imprisonment instead of risking 10 years if found guilty.
"There's no good answer, is there?" he told Alicia.
But the next moment, he got a phone call. The jury had reached a verdict.
Whatever that verdict turns out to be, the verdict is in for "The Good Wife": A fine show has just one episode to go.