Maia Rindell, The Good Fight
Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie)
The Good Fight is a legal and political drama that picks up one year after the events of the The Good Wife.
The series follows Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) after an enormous financial scam destroys the reputation of her goddaughter Maia, and Diane’s savings, leading them to join Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms.
In December 2016, EW released a first photo of Maia and her girlfriend Amy (Helene Yorke), and the show producers announced that she would be a lesbian. Despite being used in the show promo, the scene in question was not included in the episode.
“That’s Maia’s longtime girlfriend, who is a lawyer herself. She graduated from law school a while ago. Now it’s Maia’s turn to graduate from law school.” – executive producer Robert King.
Maia and Amy
Amy and Maia live together, and Amy had very brief appearances in episodes 1, 2, 7, 8, and short flashback scenes in episode 9. In episode 4 it was revealed that Maia had an ex-boyfriend Ted, who had naked pictures with her.
Despite Maia’s personal life being closely tied to the plot, after the premiere episodes, her girlfriend was not seen again until 1×07 when she greeted Maia at home, announced an unexpected visit from her father and then excused herself. In episode 1×08 she showed up at Maia’s office, worried about Maia’s father, and the two left together to check up on him.
In 1×09, Maia went to talk to the FBI about the case against her parents. In flashbacks, we found out she first met Amy, who was in law school, at her 18th birthday party, and there was a short scene of young Maia and Amy making out against a car. Maia had an unnamed boyfriend who was also at the party.
There was another flashback of the party Amy, Maia and their parents had after Maia graduated from law school. At the time, Amy and Maia were living together. Maia didn’t want Amy’s parents to invest in her father’s financial fund, to protect her. She told the FBI it was because it was a “bad idea to mix family and finances”. The FBI agent however suggested Maia knew about the Ponzi scheme and told Maia she would recommend prosecution. Present-day Amy did not appear in the episode or in the finale.
The show did feature other (heterosexual) romances who unlike Maia and Amy, got more screen time and development: Lucca and Colin, both regular characters, Diane (regular) and her husband Kurt (recurring), as well as Maia’s parents. Although Amy was mentioned, Maia and Amy were also the only couple missing from a finale in which all others got some form of resolution.
The show has been renewed for Season 2 to premiere early 2018.
Female love interests:
- Amy (Helene Yorke, lesbian, recurring, 3 episodes)
Relationship story arc with a woman: Yes
Male love interests:
- Ted Acker-Byrne (Peter Mark Kendall, guest, 1 episode, ex-boyfriend pre-show)
Relationship story arc with a man: No
Male love interest after being identified as a lesbian? No
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? No
 A relationship story arc is defined as explicit, developed on screen, and lasting more than 3 episodes. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, mentioned instead of shown on screen, part of a dream sequence, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.