'The Good Wife': Who should be cast as Kalinda's husband?

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On last night’s season finale of The Good Wife (read our recap), Kalinda’s past came right to her door — but he didn’t make his entrance, yet. Creators Robert and Michelle King have yet to announce which actor will play her husband, so tell us who’s on your wish list. Some intel to help you: In our post-finale chat with the Kings, Robert said they’ve been wanting to dive into Kalinda’s past since season 2, but hadn’t felt they’d found the right actor. They envision it as a long arc in season 4 — Kalinda’s past life colliding with her newly firmed up friendship with Alicia — and one that shows us a new side of Kalinda’s sexuality. “Her with someone where love and fear are kind of combined,” Robert told EW. “That’s something we haven’t seen from Kalinda before, because even with Blake last year, there wasn’t so much fear as the sense of who was gonna be the top dog in that relationship. Here, I think it’ll be a little more lurid…. It’s not exactly Fifty Shades of Grey, but the spirit of sexual dominance mixed with who’s dominating whom. It just sounds like a fascinating way to see Kalinda.”

My dream casting: Idris Elba. If you’ve seen his Golden Globe-winning turn in the miniseries Luther, playing a loose cannon detective with his own demons and secrets, you know he’d be capable of matching Archie Panjabi’s mystery, intensity, and sex appeal, and that his physical presence — towering over her, even in those knee-high boots — would feel appropriately intimidating. But he also has a great smile, which, I suspect, the character will also need. I’m imagining a scene in which Kalinda’s husband sits down next to Alicia at the bar and charms her with a story about turning his wife into a tequila connoisseur – until Kalinda arrives and introduces them. (He’s wearing a great suit in this scene, but in others, he’s wearing a soft black cashmere sweater… Okay, I’m going to stop now.)

Your turn.

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Read more:
‘The Good Wife’ season finale postmortem: Creators tease what’s next (with a ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ reference)
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