Suits isn’t just changing its wardrobe for Mike’s prison stint. Oh no, Season 6 of the USA Network series (premiering next Wednesday at 9/8c) is so completely “a different show” that even the show’s stars needed “a bit of a moment to adjust when we came back [to work],” Rick Hoffman tells TVLine.
Viewers, too, will find themselves being transported to “a whole new world” via Mike’s current jailhouse digs, co-star Sarah Rafferty says. “We’ve got a whole new location — that’s a massive change.”
As for Pearson Specter Litt, it’s “just a ghost town” following the abrupt departures of all its employees, Rafferty adds. For Jessica (Gina Torres), Harvey (Gabriel Macht), Louis and the always-loyal Donna, “The stakes are as high as they can be, trying to get Mike out of prison, trying to save the firm, trying to see if there’s any firm to save! It’s pretty intense.”
But it’s not all doom and gloom. While Mike’s arc is “a little more serious,” the drama will not lose its comedic touch, his portrayer Patrick J. Adams promises. “There isn’t a lot of room for joking around when you’re in prison, trying not to die,” he explains. “But the rest of the show has found a really good way to balance that out” with Jessica, Harvey and Louis’ ambitious attempts to save the firm.
“They need to rent out the offices to a bunch of financial whiz kids, so that [provides] a lot of opportunity for some funny stuff to come back in,” Adams continues. “Louis has some great storylines, so he’s bringing the comedy.”
And Donna, of course, is bringing her usual awesome self. “She rises to a whole new level of badassery, in my opinion, because Harvey’s really struggling with his guilt,” Rafferty shares. “We need Harvey to get Mike out of prison, so she’s there helping him navigate those… emotions, which is something that’s really in her skill set to do.” (With reporting by Matt Webb Mitovich)