Mike Ross will be back for the final season of Suits as Patrick J. Adams is confirmed to reprise the role. An integral part of the the legal drama's core narrative, Mike left the show at the end of season 7 alongside new wife Rachel due to Meghan Markle's impending marriage to Prince Harry at that time. Now, after one whole season of the show without Harvey's (Gabriel Macht) best partner, the genius lawyer will enter the halls of his old office - this time, not as an ally, but an adversary.
Debuting in 2011, Suits has gone through a slew of casting changes through the years, but nothing as significant as Adams' departure, since the show's backbone was his and Harvey's relationship. So when the drama series was renewed for a ninth and final season earlier this year, it made sense that creator Aaron Korsh would want to bring back his A-team for a final outing.
Deadline reports that Mike will currently only be back for episode five of the show's final run. Nevertheless, Adams is thrilled to step back into the shoes of his Suits character. The actor, who was last seen in Akash Sherman's Clara opposite real-life wife and Pretty Little Liars alumni Troian Bellisario, expressed his excitement over his upcoming return to the legal drama, telling the publication that he's "looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Mike Ross can stir up at the firm one last time." Korsh, on the other hand, admits that "there was never a question in my mind that I wanted him back for this season,” acknowledging the fact that Mike is "the foundation of the show." The tricky thing to do was to find a way "to integrate him organically and in a satisfying way."
Korsh also previewed what Suits fans can expect when Mike returns. As previously mentioned, it's not going to be during the best circumstances, as Harvey and Samantha (Katherine Heigl) will find him on the opposite side of the aisle. But that doesn't mean that it'll be tense the whole time, after all, it's more fun when Harvey and Mike are on the same team. While that's not going to be the case, the creator promises that there's a healthy balance of fun and serious moments.
What we tried to do with the case is, we want to have some fun scenes with Mike, we don’t want it to be all contentious. But we also didn’t want it to be just be no conflict, no contention. They are on opposite sides but it doesn’t get too testy for the first chunk of it, and then as it ratchets up, things get a little bit more heated. I won’t say how it ends but when it’s over, there’ve been one or two twists and turns in the case and there is more than meets the eye going on. But in addition to that, we try to get some fun scenes and some emotional scenes with Mike and the old gang. He will interact with more than Harvey and Samantha.
There's no word yet whether or not Gina Torres' Jessica Pearson is set to come back (she'll debut her spinoff Pearson this summer) as well, but there's no way Korsh won't at least try to get most of the original cast members back for Suits' final hurrah. It'll be interesting to see how Mike's return will handle Rachel's absence, since there's very little to no chance that Markle will reprise the role considering that she's now a member of the British royal family. Nonetheless, hearing that Mike and Harvey are reuniting is enough for long-time viewers of the show to be excited, especially when the former finds out that his best pal and Donna (Sarah Rafferty) are finally in a relationship. And while they're only confirming Adams' return as a one-episode thing, it's possible that he'll also make an appearance in the series finale.