Fans of The Good Wife were left surprised during the Super Bowl when CBS announced that the hit drama would come to an end after the broadcast of its current seventh season. After the promo had aired, CBS President Glenn Geller issued a short statement;

“It’s never easy to say goodbye to one of the crown jewels of your network and studio, much less to a show that is among the best on television, but it also feels very right to end with the seven-year story its creators envisioned, and to celebrate the show’s final run while at the top of its creative game.”

Since it was announced last month that series creators Robert and Michelle King would depart as showrunners, it was assumed that another creative team would take over. Glenn Geller even teased that one of the existing producers would make for an ideal replacement, but those plans have been abandoned, and the show will be given a grand send off instead. Robert and Michelle King also issued a statement via Twitter to thank their fans for the support and promised a fitting conclusion to Alicia’s story.

“Telling the story of the Education of Alicia Florrick is the creative dream of a lifetime. It was always our plan to tell it over seven seasons. We wanted the story to have a beginning, middle, and an end — that’s the only way actions can have real consequences — and it’s the reason we had episode titles count up from one word to four, then back down again (it would have been pretty embarrassing if we were cancelled in our fifth season). We are forever grateful to our fans, cast and crew and CBS. We’re excited to celebrate the final nine eps and bring the story to its natural conclusion. Here’s a spoiler: the last episode will be called ‘End.’”

Season seven has received mixed reviews so far from critics, and its audience share has noticeably dropped from last year, but it still commands a loyal following and remains one of the network’s highest rated scripted dramas. 

The Good Wife returns for its final nine episodes on February 14 and the series finale will be broadcast on May 8.