Not a great way to go out? Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who costarred on The Good Wife‘s final season as Jason Crouse, told Entertainment Weekly in an interview published on Thursday, August 4, that he wasn’t a big fan of how the Emmy-winning CBS drama bowed out in May after seven seasons. In particular, he was unhappy with the seemingly open-ended finish for his character’s relationship with Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies).
“I didn’t like it,” Morgan, 50, said of the finale. “But it’s not my show, you know what I mean? If Julianna was happy, then I was happy. My feeling was, we raised so many questions about Jason and this relationship that he had with Alicia that I felt like nothing was ever answered, you know? So I walked away frustrated for my character and Alicia’s character in not having any kind of closure with that.”
Many fans were disappointed that the series finale did not provide a clear sense of what the future holds for the pair. In the episode, Jason didn’t answer the attorney’s calls and wasn’t waiting for her after Peter (Chris Noth) resigned as governor.
Morgan — who acknowledged that he has yet to watch the finale — said that two weeks after the episode wrapped, he was asked by producers to return for “a little bit of a reshoot.” But he was unable to participate, as he was already in Atlanta filming scenes as the villainous Negan in AMC’s The Walking Dead.
The actor added that he liked how his Good Wife character was introduced at the start of season 7, but was disappointed that viewers didn’t get to see the private investigator develop further.
“I was so big on that story that got introduced so early on about who this guy was, and did he really beat up a judge?” explained Morgan, who pointed out that he loved working with Margulies. “And what about this temper that they built up so much? And then nothing. It was just sort of walked away.”
“But all my stuff is all selfish,” he continued. “I wasn’t happy with the ending because I wasn’t happy with Jason. So that’s not a very fair assessment for the audience or for [creators Michelle and Robert King], who are obviously brilliant. They had an idea how this show was going to end, and I guess we saw what it was.”
The Good Wife‘s untitled spinoff, featuring Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), is set to launch on CBS All Access on an unspecified date.
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