Alicia and Cary are not afraid to stand up to the government in the new season of "The Good Wife."
New photos from episode two of season five of the CBS hit shows Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Cary (Matt Czuchry) suing the NSA on behalf of the search engine Chumhum. But in doing so, Lockhart Gardner will be subject to invasive spying by the governmental agency. The episode will air on October 6.
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The photos also show Ben Rappaport ("Outsourced") as Alicia and Cary's new cohort, named Carey. Rappaport's character will join Alicia and Cary once Florrick, Argos & Associates gets rolling. The photos also show "Arrested Development's" Jeffrey Tambor as a judge during the court proceedings.
Stockard Channing is also featured in the episode, reprising her role as Alicia's mother, Veronica. Although Veronica has good intentions, Alicia may not always want to follow her mother's advice.
Executive producer Robert King shared at the Television Critics Association press tour that the fifth season will focus on Alicia and Cary's impending departure from the law firm, and the establishment of their new firm. Their exit will lead to a "civil war" with their old firm.
Margulies told TVLine that Alicia is "leaving the law firm because she knows if she stays there, in her peripheral vision will always be Will... In her heart of hearts, she thinks [leaving is] the smart move."
Josh Charles, who plays Will Gardner on the CBS hit, signed a new deal with the show last spring to continue playing the character of Will, but the deal is only for one year. Producers of the show are unsure as to whether season five could potentially be his last.
King said that he is prepared for the possibility of Charles staying or leaving, despite the drastic changes that would entail for the storyline. "We can turn on, well, not a dime, but a 50-cent piece," King said about the show's direction. "We can turn things pretty fast if we need to."
"It's what Josh is about. He's someone who wants to always explore different sides of himself," King explained. "And how [season five] goes helps him decide what he wants to do. That sounds like there's some contentiousness in our relationship. There's not. Josh is one of the friendliest and nicest actors I've met. "
However, Charles will definitely be on the fifth season, along with new guest stars Channing and Rappaport. In addition, Talia Balsam ("Homeland," "Mad Men") will be joining the show as a political journalist, along with Melissa George of "Hunted" and "Alias," who will assume the recurring role of Marilyn, Governor Florrick's in-house ethics counsel.
Although there will be many new faces on set this upcoming season, King confirmed that the show will focus on the "team" and not the new guest stars.
"The Good Wife" returns to CBS on September 29.