It was the slap that shook up The Good Wife fan universe. The series finale of the acclaimed CBS legal drama divided long-time viewers with creators Robert and Michelle King’s decision to end the show without a closure for Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and to emulate a scene in the pilot by having Diane (Christine Baranski) hit Alicia in the final seconds of the closer after Alicia — somewhat out of character — betrays her in the courtroom. Now the Kings’ final Good Wife script landed them an Emmy nomination, also framing the series as the duo also were nominated for writing the pilot.

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Overall, it was a subdued final Emmy hurrah for The Good Wife with four nominations — tied for the fewest ever — and no best drama series nom or no mention for star Margulies, a two-time Emmy winner for her role on the CBS series. Two of the show’s most popular guest stars, previous nominees Carrie Preston, who won in 2013, and Michael J. Fox, nabbed one more nomination each, and the series finale also was recognized for costume design.

But the highest profile nomination came for Robert and Michelle King, who defended their finale in a series of interviews.

“It felt dramatic, it felt complicated and it felt troubling,” Robert told Deadline. “And in a way we wanted the ending to be a bit unsettling.”

Finale controversy aside, “We loved writing this series,” the duo wrote in a letter to fans after the last episode. “We loved the comedy, the drama, the tragedy.”