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'The Good Wife' season finale tonight: Five possible scenarios

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Image Credit: David M. Russell/CBSTonight, we find out if Alicia (Julianna Margulies) will stand by her man, cheating husband Peter (Chris Noth), as he attempts to win back his seat as the State’s Attorney of Illinois’ Cook County. Until last week, when Alicia essentially made a deal with Peter’s image consultant Eli (Alan Cumming) that he’d bring his business to her law firm to secure her job if she’d continue playing The Good Wife, I thought she might actually leave Peter for Will (Josh Charles), the old friend/current boss with whom she has a history. With Cumming becoming a regular in season 2, I just don’t see how Alicia backs out of that unspoken agreement. So what do you think happens? From the preview, embedded below, we know that Will makes his intentions clear and that Alicia has a decision to make — will she join Peter on stage at a press conference, or will she accept an incoming call from Will? From talking with Cumming, we know that the final seconds of tonight’s finale (CBS, 10 p.m. ET), will involve Alicia, Will, Peter, and Eli. I can see five possible scenarios — possibly none of which are correct, because the Good Wife writers are smarter than me…

Scenario #1: Alicia goes to Will. Peter and Eli follow. Eli threatens to pull his business and destroy the firm. Will has to decide if he’s really ready to choose love over ambition. (Too melodramatic.)

Scenario #2: Alicia goes to Will. Peter and Eli follow. Eli threatens to pull his business and destroy the firm — unless Alicia agrees to play wife to Peter in public and lover to Will in private. (Too seedy.)

Scenario #3: Alicia goes to Will. Peter and Eli follow. Eli tells Alicia and Will that Childs and Cary are out to destroy them all. If they don’t work together, they’ll all go down.

Scenario #4: Alicia chooses to stay with Peter for the sake of her job (oh, and the children). Eli tells Alicia and Peter that Childs and Cary are out to destroy Alicia now, too, and they all go to warn Collateral Damage Will and strategize.

Scenario #5: Alicia separates from Peter and tells Will she needs time alone. Eli tells Peter that Childs and Cary are out to destroy Alicia now, too, and they go to warn Alicia (and Collateral Damage Will) and strategize.

Which scenario is your money on? Feel free to propose a sixth…

SPOILER UPDATE: I was right about being wrong. I moved too fast. Look for Ken Tucker’s recap in the a.m. on his blog.

More on The Good Wife:

Q&A: Josh Charles talks Will-Alicia sexual tension (and getting whistled at)

Q&A: Matt Czuchry on the contest’s original ending, Cary’s future

Q&A: Alan Cumming on the little bombs Eli will be dropping

Ken Tucker’s Good Wife recaps