Season 5 starts with Alicia working on a Death Row appeal with Will and Diane before going off to start her own firm with Cary, but people begin to suspect something is afoot. Meanwhile, Peter searches for a Chief of Staff.
The Good Wife stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, a wife and mother who reclaims control of her personal and professional lives after her husband, Peter, is embroiled in a sex and political corruption scandal. Re-entering the workforce, she is awarded a job at a prestigious Chicago law firm over Cary Agos, who recently returned to the firm after working at the state’s attorney's office under Peter, who was re-elected after his conviction was overturned.
As a fourth-year associate, Alicia’s career is on the fast track, with firm partner Diane Lockhart expressing an interest in mentoring her further. Although Alicia thought she found an ally in Kalinda, the firm’s enigmatic investigator, she is devastated to learn that Kalinda slept with Peter. She separates from Peter and briefly gives in to a longstanding mutual attraction with Will Gardner, the firm’s other partner. Despite his betrayal, Alicia has conflicted feelings for her husband, who moves back into their old family home with their teenage kids, Zach and Grace, and launches a gubernatorial campaign with the help of image consultant Eli Gold.
As Alicia adapts to changes at home and at work, she continues to redefine and rediscover the woman she wishes to be.