CBS All Access’ The Good Fight is set to enter season 4. Here are the things we want to happen like Maia’s return and more guest stars!
The Good Fight has come a long way since it began in 2017. Its tone has shifted from that of a standard legal drama to a more satirical one as time has moved on. The show’s breaks with convention and increasingly outrageous scenarios seeming to grow in their absurdity in an attempt to mirror the real world’s increasingly unrealistic political landscape. In this last season, we saw Diane Lockhart join an underground left-wing group whose actions became more and more nefarious (hacking voting machines and initiating S.W.A.T team invasions). We saw the firm become divided over issues of race and morality. Finally, we saw an apocalyptic storm of ‘lighting balls’ threatening the entire city of Chicago. To say things have become somewhat heightened since its early days would be something of an understatement.
While the show has developed over the course of its three seasons, it has continued to ask the question: what is right? It’s placed its protagonists in the firing line of that question and holds all its characters responsible for their actions. What has remained since its inception is a cast of captivating and intriguing characters who continue to do their best, fighting the good fight. Below is a look at ten thing’s we’d like to see happen when the show returns for its fourth season.
LUCA AND COLIN REUNITED
The line between love and hate is a thin one and the sparks between Luca and Colin were obvious from their first fiery encounter. Watching these two go head to head has often been one of the most thrilling aspects of the show. Both supremely intelligent, driven and individual people their chemistry is rather explosive. Since Colin has moved to Washington D.C. we’ve seen a lot less of him in the show. While Luca had the chance to move with him she opted to stay at her current firm, meaning Colin was almost entirely absent from the third season.
We know the pair are still in contact as they’re co-parenting so there’s reason enough for Colin to come back to the show and hopefully his and Luca’s verbal sparring will resume.
Although Rose Leslie appears to have been written out of the show for good, having stated she will not be returning as a series regular, her character Maia Rindell has grown into a formidable lawyer and a great counterpoint to Diane. Maia was a large part of the first season, the main storyline revolving around her families shady financial dealings and we saw her struggling to know who she should remain loyal to. As a viewer, one would never have thought she would end up at odds with Diane, herself. However, last season saw Maia fired from Reddick, Boseman and Lockhart, sidelining her for a good few episodes in the process.
In retaliation, she took up with the firm’s adversary Roland Bloom, played with tenacity by Michael Sheen, and eventually leave Chicago with him to start a new firm. It was a surprising yet bold conclusion to her character arc and if she is gone for good, an ending with little in the way of redemption. We’d love to see Maia return, even as a guest star to continue to butt heads with Diane or to find some kind of redemption.
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE S.W.A.T TEAM IN DIANE’S HOUSE?
As far as cliff hangers are concerned this was a big one, especially for a show not necessarily prone to such storytelling conventions. The final scene of season three saw Diane’s house being invaded by a S.W.A.T team.
The very final shot a close up of a member of that team counting down to the moment they would descend on Diane and Kurt in their bed, before cutting to black. The next season will almost certainly fill us in on what went down when the S.W.A.T teams surprise Diane and Kurt and the fallout will no doubt be an intricate legal battle, working on the assumption there aren’t any trigger happy operatives on the team and they both make it out alive.
DIANE’S RETRIBUTION WITH THE ‘BOOK CLUB’
We know Diane’s ‘Book Club,’ a group of leftist activists turned radical, have ‘swatted’ someone before. After Diane attempted to leave the group and threatened their leader, it’s an easy assumption to make that the group are behind the S.W.A.T team at Diane’s bedroom door in the season finale.
What we can’t wait to see is if or more likely how Diane will get her retribution. Will she take the moral high ground or will she use her knowledge of the legal system to take them down? The bigger question remaining in all of this: who are the good guys? And does the end justify the means?
MORE EDUCATIONAL ANIMATED INTERLUDES
A highlight of the third season was the musical interludes that featured in each episode. In each animated interruption, we were treated to a song, which explained a legal or political concept or highlighted an area the episode was focussed on.
They would have seemed a little out of place in the first season’s real-world aesthetic, yet with the stakes and scenarios explored by the show becoming more heightened with each season, these interludes are a respite and an educational one at that.
CONTINUE TO EXPLORE POLITICS
The show is inherently political and in a televisual landscape which is increasingly escapist, it’s exciting to watch a show tackling today’s politics head-on. The show isn’t shy when talking about the president, about race relations, gender disparities, or the growing divide between left and right.
Last season saw the firm, a majority-black workplace, dealing with its own issues of race and pay rate disparities, addressing these issues with sensitivity and nuance. Hopefully, this will continue as the show goes on.
MORE GUEST STARS
Another highlight of the show is the many spectacular performances from an array of guest stars. Some highlights from the past three seasons include: Bernadette Peters, Heléne York, Matthew Perry, John Cameron Mitchell, Jane Lynch and Alan Alda. The roles for these guest stars are fleshed out and look devilishly fun to play.
There’s no shortage of high profile actors out there who would do brilliantly on the show and we hope that the show continues to write juicy roles for guest stars in the future.
A CHANGE IN THE WEATHER
An easily-missed detail from the third season was the continual rain and cloudy weather experienced by Chicago throughout the entire season. This bad weather all leading up to the finale’s doomsday-esque lightning balls and apocalyptic red sky. While the sun did come out by the end of the season, and there was clear and obvious reasoning behind this meteorological decision, it would be nice if the weather could let up, just a little, in season four.
Just so Diane and co can get a glimpse of something a little more hopeful.
FURTHER BREAKS FROM CONVENTION
Along with the musical interludes, this season began to break other traditional conventions. Having characters address the camera directly was one of the major breaks we saw this season, allowing us into a greater depth of knowledge regarding character and various political topics.
It also makes for fun watching and gives the creative team a little more space to stretch their muscles.
AN THE FIRM CONTINUE TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT?
The last season tested a lot of the characters, the strength of their convictions and relationships. In the final minutes we saw Luca seemingly give up caring, Maia seems to have gone off the deep end, and this season particularly questions even the protagonist’s ethics.
The show is unafraid to call into question the heroes and should be lauded for that, however it’s easy in all the chaos for characters to become bogged down. Ideally, Diane’s closing sentiment, that she felt hope for the first time in a long while, is a sign that she’s not giving up in the search for what’s right and the fight to uphold those beliefs.
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