[Warning: Contains spoilers for Suits episode 710]
When season six of Suits ended earlier this year, we saw Donna telling Harvey that she "wanted more," but we had to wait until this summer to realize that part of "more" meant becoming COO of Pearson Specter Litt.
Now, in the summer finale of Suits (aptly named "Donna"), we once again see the pair face to face -- except this time they're kissing! And for fans who have been "shipping" Darvey for seven seasons, this was a long-awaited development.
Suits creator Aaron Korsh detailed in an interview with Deadline what was behind Donna's bold move and how it will affect the remaining episodes of season seven:
The way I’ll explain the aftermath is to think about the circumstances in which Donna kissed Harvey. Obviously, she had just been through an incredibly emotional time. Going through everything she went through with the trial and Malik embarrassing her and making her feel the way he did on the stand. And then Louis comes in and says “I’m not sure if I can tell the love of my life that can’t she see, the person is right in front of her face.” Mike told her to go and do something. That culminated in making Donna saying “I’m done putting Harvey above myself. I’m going to put myself above Harvey and I’m going to do this for me. I’m going to kiss him to find out how I feel, what I want.” So she did that, I understand why.
But before anyone gets too excited about a Donna-Harvey romance, let's consider where Harvey is right now in his own love life -- namely, that he's dating Paula Agard. Let's also consider Harvey's views on infidelity, which harken back to his mother. Was Donna acting a bit selfishly? Korsh considers it:
From Harvey’s perspective though, regardless of what that kiss may have done to him, he’s in a committed relationship, and we know his feelings on fidelity. So, it was a bold move for her to do that, and if I was thinking about it, it was a little selfish of her. It might be justified, but I think it was obviously putting herself above him nonetheless. So, I think the aftermath will have to do with that tension about her finally choosing to put her own needs above his and what that does to his relationship and the sense of himself as a faithful person. That’s going to play out over the back six.