[Warning: Contains Season 5 Spoilers]
The new season of Suits is upon us, and we're finally going to see how Mike deals with his harsh new environment after cutting a deal with prosecutor Anita Gibbs at the end of season five.
Hopefully, not too many of us have actually seen the inside of the Big House -- though we've all certainly seen enough prison movies to know that it's no vacation. You know who else is seen his fair share of prison flicks? Suits' own Patrick J. Adams, who shared his favorites with USA Network. (He also recently revealed which fellow Suits star he'd want to bust him of prison.)
"Shawshank Redemption is the classic I keep coming back to," Adams said. "I think that particular prison world is pretty bleak and pretty difficult. My other favorite prison movie would probably be Hunger, Steve McQueen’s movie -- which is also really bleak."
Adams also assured us that Mike's own situation this season will be much more comfortable than these iconic movies. "Most prison films are going to be a lot darker than what Mike Ross is having to deal with this season on Suits," Adams added. Phew!
Still, prison is tough, and for Mike Ross, the threats are real.
"He’s in real physical danger in this place," he said about Mike's new digs. "At any moment, something could happen to him -- he potentially could die, or he could be really hurt, or he could be responsible for somebody else being really hurt. We haven’t really explored things like that on the show before. That kind of violence or that kind of dealing with mortality is not something that Suits has ever really had to face."
For a quick study like Mike Ross, however, we like to think that he would fare okay -- not unlike the hero from his favorite prison flick. "I’m not sure how well Mike would deal with [being in Shawshank] but, I do see a lot of comparisons between Andy Dufresne and Mike Ross," Adams explained. "They’re both really intelligent guys who get the lay of the land pretty quick and figure out who to trust and then make a creative game plan for changing their circumstance as quickly as possible."
As Adams takes his character behind bars this season, it's a different feel for the actor, who's been a member of the core ensemble since Day 1 and is accustomed to their constant interplay.
"I miss the interactions between Mike and Donna," Adams remarked about shooting season six. "I miss the looks that Mike gives Louis when Louis is doing something weird. I miss an intimate scene with Rachel where we get to see how the walls come down a little bit -- all of those relationships I got so used to playing. I’m definitely realizing that being away from them is sad, because it would be for Mike, and I’m excited to hopefully be reunited with them soon."
Suits season six premieres Wednesday, July 13, on USA Network at 9/8c. Are you ready? Refresh your memory with these 32 GIFs that perfectly sum up last season!