When The Good Wife returns later this month, Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) will have to announce her decision to break away from Lockhart/Gardner to start her own firm with Cary (Matt Czuckry). It’s a decision unlikely to please many, especially Will (Josh Charles) and Diane (Christine Baranski).

Alicia leaving Lockhart/Gardner will have some far-reaching negative implications for all those affected. Margulies said it will be akin to a “bloodbath” in a preview for the upcoming season, while The Good Wife co-creator Robert King describes it as a “civil war.”

"There's going to be a lot of tension and a lot of friction and a lot of heartbreak," Margulies told TV Guide. "Diane and Will will end up feeling, when they find out, like she stabbed them in the back. And she did."

Alicia won’t go unscathed in the aftermath of her bold decision either. Soon after she gets going in building the new firm with Cary, she begins to realize that they don’t add up to the same lethal legal team epitomized by Will and Diane. Furthermore, the team she has around her is young – and consequently less seasoned and realistic than those she grew accustomed to having around her.

As for Alicia and Peter’s marriage, the “good wife” intends to stand by her husband and try to make it work for the sake of their children. Her palpable feelings for Will will be put on the back burner, while another affair could lurk around the corner for Peter, who’s now the governor of Illinois.

Guest starring on this season of The Good Wife will be Melissa George, Jeffrey Tambor, Carrie Preston, America Ferrera and Gary Cole. Michael J. Fox and Nathan Lane could also return in their previous guest roles on the hit CBS drama series.

The new season of The Good Wife will kick off Sunday, Sept. 29 at 9/8c.

– Chelsea Regan

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