The Julianna Margulies-Archie Panjabi feud is off.
A recap for the uninitiated: Back in May, a sliver of the internet that is obsessed with The Good Wife went into hyperdrive when it appeared that the final scene between Margulies and Panjabi’s characters, Alicia and Kalinda — their first together in over two seasons — had been done via split screen. This, the story went, confirmed years of behind-the-scenes gossip that the two actresses disliked each other so much that they would not appear on set together. It was a good, juicy story. Since then, there have been a few vague comments and semi-denials in the press, but nothing firm from any of the parties involved.
Until now. Margulies appeared at the New Yorker Festival over the weekend, and took the opportunity to attempt to put the story to bed once and for all. Vulture had the story earlier today:
“Right, I’ve heard about [the feud]. Who says that? It’s totally gossip,” Margulies said. “I heard that question had been asked to Robert King. There’s no story there, sorry … I actually had heard [that rumor] and I feel that it has been talked about and answered. I feel people just like to have gossip or make something into something that isn’t there.”
Okay, fine. But if there was no feud, then why was the split screen in that final scene necessary?
“It was shot the way [showrunner Robert King] wanted to shoot it, and the story line, too,” she said. “You also have to remember, there’s difficulty … [Panjabi] was also doing another show, called The Fall. I went along with whatever Robert asked me to do and I did it happily.”
There’s probably quite a bit you can read into the first and last sentence of that quote, if you are the type of Good Wife truther that reads hidden meaning into quotes. But there’s also no need to do that, because Archie Panjabi read the Vulture story, too, and went on Twitter to take issue with the middle sentence, clearing up any confusion.
The Julianna Margulies-Archie Panjabi feud is back on.