Pretty much everything routine about “Suits” was blown to shreds at the end of Season 5B, leaving fans a little clueless as to where the series will pick up once Season 6 premieres on Wednesday (July 13).
Mike (Patrick J. Adams) is in prison, and he left Rachel (Meghan Markle) standing at the alter. Pearson Specter Litt is a ghost town of a firm since all their lawyers defected after the scandal. Heck, who knows if even the partners will be able to stick it out during this tumultuous aftermath.
If this all sounds like a disaster, well … it is. But, fear not. This is exactly the kind of shake-up a long-running series like this needs to stay fresh. And even though the lead storyline is taking on a dark and depressing tone, the witty vernacular and moments of laughter are still peppered in. So, viewers will still get “Litt” up this season.
To get you prepped, Zap2it has compiled the 5 most important details to know before watching the Season 6 premiere, “To Trouble.”
No time jump
The premiere picks up the moment Mike walks into prison. “Let’s just have it all be the first night. Make it like a play,” the show’s Executive Producer Aaron Korsh told Zap2it. “It just felt like a difficult challenge. And it was very challenging from the writing standpoint, but it was a good point to start. We could’ve started a day or two later. But to me, I just thought to myself, ‘If we jump forward, I’d feel a little cheated.'”
Nothing is swept under the rug
Every problem left unsolved at the end of Season 5B is still haunting Harvey (Gabriel Macht), Louis (Rick Hoffman) and Jessica (Gina Torres). While Mike is literally sitting in prison, the firm is figuratively going through hell and getting sued for every case Mike ever tried.
Similar to how past seasons have been broken up, Season 6 will have a total of 16 episodes. Fans should expect a scheduled break between the first 10 episodes, and the final six.
Killer guest stars
Malcolm-Jamal Warner is recurring as a prison guard this season and he is definitely one to be feared. If you were thinking Mike is going to be able to use his photographic memory to quickly make his way out of lock up, think again.
It’ll be extra difficult, especially with fellow inmate Frank Gallo (Paul Schulze) running around. This storyline plays out like the male version of “Orange is the New Black.” But instead of Litchfield, it’s Danbury. And instead of Piper, it’s Mike.
This isn’t just ‘Summer TV’
“Suits” continues to defy the odds of success as a series that started out labeled as mere filler summer TV. This was once a time of year when networks were known to dump all the series deemed not good enough for the fall. When Zap2it asked Korsh about being part of the summer TV revolution, it was a question he was humbly not expecting. “That’s a huge compliment,” he says. “We’re just trying to make the best show that we can.”
Korsh then pointed out how it’s now difficult to differentiate between summer and fall shows. Due to DVRs and shows viewed on streaming services, “There is no ‘season’ anymore,” Korsh says. “I just work and raise my kids and time goes by! I go home and watch ‘The Americans,’ – it’s not in the summer, it’s on when I watch it on Amazon Prime.”
Season 6 of “Suits” premieres on Wednesday, July 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on USA.