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The Good Wife went out with a bang (and a slap), and its dark ending had critics reeling and fans gasping. The very next year, The Good Fight premiered, continuing the courtroom drama, but leaving behind Alicia Florrick, the star of the original series, to focus on Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski).

Since then, fans have wondered when to expect even an Alicia cameo on the spin-off, but those dreams have been dashed as the first season ended, then the second. Now the show is ready to debut its third season, and once more, speculation swirled whether Alicia would appear.

And for a brief moment, Julianna Margulies recently confirmed, that possibility was very, very real. She told Deadline that the series creators approached her with an idea and she said, “You know what? I would love to." It was on ... until it wasn't. Margulies continued, "But the deal didn’t happen."

Why not? every fan of The Good Wife must be wondering. Series co-creator Robert King explained, "We thought maybe about making a big episode where she would be at the resistance, Diane and her face each other. But that would be the end of the story. It felt like an asterisk.”

So basically, to keep the ending of The Good Wife intact and max-dramatic, the creators Robert and Michelle King nixed the deal to bring Florrick into The Good Fight, leaving the actress to feel at home on The Good Wife only. This echoes what the series creators said in a joint statement to Deadline: "We discussed with Julianna the idea of visiting, but we all agreed: No matter what we did, that would then become the true end to The Good Wife story, and that’s unfortunate."

Did they make the right call? Unfortunately it seems, you'll have to judge for yourself.

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