Season five of ‘Suits’ ended on a serious cliffhanger with Mike entering jail — so, what’s that mean for season six?
With Mike landing himself behind bars, leaving Rachel to go at the world solo on the season finale of Suits, many questioned what was next? Would there be a time jump? Would Rachel be waiting for Mike? Would Mike survive prison? We sat down with Patrick J. Adams at ATX TV Festival this summer to chat exclusively about what’s next — and if the end of Suits is near.
When we pick up, where are we at?
There’s no time jump. Mike’s fully in prison; everyone was sort of hoping for [a time jump], I think because they don’t like the idea of him in prison, but he’s in there. For this season, we’re dealing with the ramifications of what happened. Mike is trying to survive in there. There’s some serious threats. People in prison have a history with Harvey Specter and see an opportunity to get back at him through me. So, I’m doing my best trying to figure out how to survive.
Does he regret coming clean?
I don’t think so. He did what he had to do. Mike is a moral character, and he made the choice to save himself and save his friends. At some point in time, someone would have to pay the price of that. It’s interesting how people take that information, they call him an idiot on Twitter! I’m like, you’re missing the point where he actually committed the crime. Sometimes you need to pay the price in order to move on with your own life. I think that’s the case here — and to save your friends.
What’s this mean for Mike & Rachel and their future?
It’s on hold. It’s really exciting this season for Rachel — when I’m reading the scripts, I love that I finally get to see Rachel be something herself. She’s her own character, she’s getting to go through law school, and deal with her own problems. For fans of that relationship, they’ll be a little sad not to be getting more of it this season, but ultimately I think they’re building up to what will probably be a big reunion when and if he gets out of prison.
Suits has really changed its tone over the years!
That’s what the show does really well — it’s been going in between both fun and dramatic. There are characters you can always rely on to be pure comedy; the fact that that can exist in the same episode as somebody going to jail, or some other series stuff that we deal with, I think, is a testament to the years of working both angles a little bit and getting people used to the idea of both, so that it doesn’t seem like such a sharp contrast when it happens. Now we’ve found our sweet spot with the people who can hang with both. Some people want that serious, dark, Mr. Robot type drama — they maybe got annoyed by some of the lighter fare, but that’s what we are.
USA has changed in a way, and Suits has shone through it all. How long could you see it going on for?
It’s hard, because I’m not in the writing room. I feel like we’re towards the end. We can feel it. We can feel the story wanting to figure out what its conclusion is, but you never know. If they come up with some great storyline when Mike gets out of prison and they come up with a way to integrate him back into the world that really works for them, then you might get another couple of seasons out of it. But I think we were there for USA; we were this real transition point. We said it’s okay to go a little darker, serious, gritty. With Mr. Robot, they finalized that, and really went for it. It’s exciting. I think at one point, our show will look like the Blue Skies show of the network, which is part of the transition. I’m proud of it.
HollywoodLifers, are you excited for Suits to return? Do you think Mike will spend all season in jail? Will Rachel and Mike be together still? Let us know!
Ed note: at this time, the cast was shooting episode six. The Season six premiere will air on July 13th at 9PM on USA Network.