Post Mortems

Suits Boss on Why [Spoiler] Revealed Mike's Secret — Plus: Is Spousal Privilege a Possibility?

Suits Season 5B Spoilers

Warning: The following contains spoilers from Wednesday’s episode of Suits

Suits on Wednesday narrowed down the list of people who could have sold Mike out to one very unexpected and definitive answer.

After discovering that Anita Gibbs received an anonymous message from a Harvard email address, Mike and Harvey immediately set their sights on professor Henry Gerrard. But the real truth-teller was Louis’ former fiancée and Harvard employee Sheila Sazs (played by Rachael Harris), who put two and two together after being approached for an article about fast-rising lawyer Mike Ross.

Below, executive producer Aaron Korsh explains why Sheila’s well-intentioned move had to be the way to go and why another possibility was too “insane” to make sense. Plus, the EP weighs in on whether or not marriage can save Mike from landing behind bars.

TVLINE | There were plenty of candidates who had good reason to turn Mike in. How did you land on Sheila?
Suits Sheila Turned Mike InI didn’t want to have someone who had good reason to turn him in, like [for] revenge or some ulterior motive. I specifically wanted someone [whose] only reason was it was the right thing to do. Many of the ideas the writers had of who did it, ultimately, were people doing it for some selfish or personal gain. For example, Logan Sanders to get back at Mike or try to get Rachel. Or Rachel’s parents to try to get him away from their daughter. Or Claire to try to get him away from her. I wanted somebody that finally found out and just did the right thing. That’s the thing to do. So Sheila seemed like the perfect candidate.

TVLINE | Did you ever seriously consider anybody else?
In my mind, it was Sheila, but the writers had many different people, for many different reasons. I just had a different approach. When they gave me their people, I certainly listened, and I certainly thought they were good and interesting, but… Yeah, I guess I was pretty set on it being Sheila from the beginning.

TVLINE | Some people thought it was the priest.
No, that was insane to me. He’s a priest. He’s bound by the confession. For him to do that would be horribly unethical, and to what purpose would he do it? I never understood that one. You’re not allowed to do that. That would make him a horrible priest. And it would also make him, in my mind, very malevolent to Mike. I don’t know why he would do that. Just to punish Mike? Confession is confession. I didn’t get that. [Laughs] All the other ones I got. But that one would make him pure evil, and he cares about Mike.

TVLINE | At first, Sheila said she wasn’t going to come forward, but by the end of the episode, she did. Why the change of heart?
That question will be answered in the next episode. Things are not always what they seem, and Anita Gibbs doesn’t always tell the truth.

TVLINE | Will Rachael Harris be back?
We will absolutely see Rachael Harris again. Sheila’s involvement in Mike’s situation is far from over.

TVLINE | I can’t imagine Louis will handle it well.
He’s upset about it. The other reason I like it being Sheila, when he says, “Why didn’t you come to me?” she thinks she’s doing him a favor. She thinks she’s helped out in catching somebody that was perpetrating a fraud on the institution that each one of them loves, Pearson Specter Litt and Harvard. Why would she think Louis wouldn’t like that? And then she realizes, “Holy sh-t, Louis is in on this!” Moving forward, he feels betrayed by the fact that she said she wouldn’t come forward and he feels like she did. But as I’ve hinted, we’re going to clear that up in the next episode. This whole situation is going to advance [Louis and Sheila’s] story in certain ways.

TVLINE | Anita Gibbs came after Donna through her father. Who’s next on her attack list?
They’re all up for grabs, and next up is one of our six that hasn’t been come after yet.

Suits Season 5B SpoilersTVLINE | If Rachel and Mike got married, would they have spousal immunity? Would that help them in this battle?
It is my understanding that spousal privilege does not extend to prior to when you are married. So they would have to have been married a while ago. That topic is discussed and explored in the back six [episodes] in a, hopefully, interesting way.

Suits fans, what did think of the Sheila reveal? Did you see the twist coming?

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