Gabriel Macht, the actor who plays Harvey, had some of the answers.
Why is Harvey alienating himself from everyone?
Gabriel Macht: His self awareness is lacking. I think he’s pretty much a narcissist. It’s so fun to play them. You will slowly learn to remove some of the ego that is embedded in his suit, his armor. And he will learn that, if he becomes a little bit more self-aware he won’t be making those those active decisions that are just completely baseless at times.
What is Harvey’s goal with all of this?
Gabriel Macht: I think he’s got huge ambition. He’s always wanted to be a partner, and I think he’s too big for his britches at this point. But it turns out that he may have been right.
Harvey makes a deal with Darby. He’s going after [Jessica Pearson], you know he is. He wants to become managing partner, he wants to push her out.
Can Harvey and Mike reconcile their differences?
Gabriel Macht: As you saw from the first episode, Harvey is done with Mike. He doesn’t want him as his associate, he doesn’t trust him anymore. His loyalty is broken. Mo matter how many times Mike can say he’s sorry, [Harvey] doesn’t want it.
Episode 2, Louis Litt needs an associate, and he asks for Mike’s hand. And so there is actually a courtship.
Harvey has to come to terms with what he has and what he doesn’t have. I think when he realizes that his right-hand man is really not there and he can’t depend on this guy, I think he has to regain Mike’s trust.
I think it’s really like he knows Mike’s one of the best associates, and he knows he can’t work without him. And so it’s whether or not he can come to terms with voicing that.
The show is about these two guys — and everyone else. They’ll figure it out, they’ll figure out how to work together — and not work together.