Margo Martindale Joins 'The Good Wife' for Season 7

She will recur as a political operative who goes toe-to-toe with Eli Gold (Alan Cumming).
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The Good Wife has secured another top talent.

Margo Martindale is set to recur on the upcoming seventh season of the CBS legal drama, the network announced Thursday.

The Emmy winner will play Willa Eastman, a top campaign operative responsible for previous successes by underdog presidential candidates in Iowa who hides her intelligence and cunning under a fake, folksy charm. The end of season six saw Peter (Chris Noth) considering a run for the White House.

“Every year we look for a character and an actor who can go toe-to-toe with Eli Gold and make him blink,” said executive producers Robert and Michelle King. "So we were thrilled when Margo Martindale agreed to play Willa Eastman. Her ability to mix comedy and drama is unparalleled. And we can't wait to see how Margo and Alan deal with each other.”

Martindale joins Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who recently joined the cast as a series regular for the new season. The series recently said farewell to three series regulars: Archie Panjabi, Matthew Goode and Makenzie Vega. Vega will continue to appear in a recurring role.

The role brings Martindale back to CBS, where she starred on The Millers. In addition to her Emmy-winning role on Justified, Martindale also is known for her work on The Americans.

The Good Wife's new season premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, on CBS.