The TV show that sums up our times

This final season is based around the theme of civil war. From the off, there’s a sense of impending doom, with violence breaking out on the streets. As President Biden declares Trump’s Maga agenda a threat to democracy, and Trump in turn calls him “an enemy of the state”, it feels as scarily tapped-in as ever. “It’s turning into a kind of explosive moment, which seems like it would be good for the season, although not for the world,” says Robert. It’s a quandary they’ve faced many times before – as he admits that, if Trump had never won, The Good Fight would “not be as good of a show; it would be a little more prosaic”.

As the show nears its end, the frantic news cycle shows no sign of abating, and the Kings could find fresh inspiration for years to come. But they are ready to bow out now, while they have full narrative control, and can end the show how they like. They are also, they admit, “exhausted”, especially as they’re also in charge of another show, Evil, which explores the conflict between religion and science. On top of that, they’re executive producers of the upcoming Happy Face, an adaptation of a true-crime podcast about the daughter of a serial killer, and – in complete contrast – a US version of the UK comedy panel show Would I Lie to You?

There is one aspect of creating the show they’ll miss, though. As the world turned on its head, The Good Fight proved cathartic not only for its fans – but its creators, too. “As showrunners we’re using the show kind of therapeutically because it did feel – and it’s not just Trump – but, like the trolley had come off the track,” says Robert. “You needed to find a way to deal with it. It was probably a good show for that, and therapy for Michelle and I.”

The Good Fight’s final season is now streaming in the US on Paramount Plus.

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