How do you think Jessica no longer being a practicing lawyer and dipping her toe in the political world in Chicago for the potential spinoff changes her friendship with Harvey?
I think it will, no matter what. A change in someone’s life changes the course of other people’s lives when the connection is so real. She’s been his mentor along the way and he found comfort in going to her. They do have this real bond and with most mentor-mentee relationships, there’s always that looking up for advice here or there that doesn’t end. Hopefully that will continue. How they take her name off the door could potentially bruise the relationship and how that manifests is a huge guess right now. I look forward to seeing how we navigate that area.
What are you looking forward to exploring in the back half of the season for Harvey and Mike?
I’m always into the quick repartee and the teasing each other and, at times, the growing up and fulfilling one’s duty and standing up to each other. I really like those moments. The Batman and Robin element of that, where they work together to win and use each other to their aid, I find to be playful and fun. We’ll see what kind of mess Mike gets into, because he usually makes decisions that go against the grain. With Harvey being the more responsible one right now, as far as having to take control of the firm, that’s probably going to put a wrench in that idea of that playful element.
Looking ahead to the final six episodes of the season, are there any specific questions you have that you hope will be answered?
In prior seasons, I was very interested in seeing what happens, and I’d call up [creator] Aaron [Korsh] and say, “Hey man, what’s happening? Where’s the end point? Where are we going with this?” In the last year and a half, I’ve been more, like, let me be surprised, let me be a viewer and see what happens when the next script comes in and be open to the flow of the show. It’s an easier process for me, and I don’t put any eggs in any basket. Obviously, I’d like to see how the story is going to end, but I’m patiently waiting week to week to see how [that will unfold].
You mentioned an end point. Do you see the end date for the show nearing?
I really don’t know what’s going to happen. Right now, we’ve got six more [episodes] to do. If it works out and we do another 16 [for a potential season eight] and we’re able to create more stories and keep it as compelling as it has been, then I’m game. Look, I love my crew up there [in Toronto], and I love the people I work with, and I’m super grateful to the job. To be an actor working on a show that’s made 100 episodes of television, it’s something that not every artist gets the opportunity to do. I’m super, super grateful for having that opportunity, so we’ll see where it goes.
Suits returns for the second half of season seven in 2018 on USA Network.