by Keith Davis, USANetwork.com
The final season of Suits is here and fans can't wait to see how the longest running show in USA Network history comes to a conclusion. One of the original cast members of Suits, Gabriel Macht, recently sat down with us to talk about the final season, Harvey's growth through the years, and Darvey finally becoming official.
USANetwork.com: How does it feel being a part of the show from the beginning to where we are now with it being the final season of Suits?
Gabriel Macht: It's a whirlwind. We've been on a roller coaster for the last nine years. We sort of exploded out of the gates it seems, we didn't really know it because it took a little while for the show to air. But once it started airing and we started coming up on those lists of the most pirated shows, it felt like things were changing. As it spread all over the world, wherever I traveled, people were recognizing the character and the stories that we've been telling. It's been a gift, a blessing... it's been a ride.
USA: Why do you think the show has been so successful and well received?
GM: I think a lot of people love to watch shows that are workplace centered. The characters are a family, learning how to cope with each other and with their differences and the challenges that they provide each other. The moral and ethical questions that are asked each week are good questions that we all ask and reflect on ourselves throughout our days.
As much as this show is aspirational and these aren't real people, I think there's something to be said about these characters taking these big risks and learning from their successes and their mistakes.
USA: How has Harvey grown since season one, and what can we expect in season nine?
GM: As we initially first met Harvey, I think he was very hardened. He wore his suit as his armor and he was always going into battle. He was this impulsive, extremely responsive guy who had this uber confidence on the outside. But he was sort of overcompensating for what made him tick. As we went through the years, I think we've unpeeled that onion and we've seen that he really cares so much about the common man, about his family, specifically his mother, and his brother and his dad. His loyalty has been huge and to this day he'll do whatever it takes to save his partners in any way he can. So as we go into season nine, we're consistent with that. I think, as we've gone through the years, he's become more sensitive and more caring, but he still has that flash of hardened Harvey.
USA: Talk about the moment you realized that Darvey actually was going to happen and can you give us some insight on where it's going to go from here?
GM: It was at the end of the season. We were talking about it and I think it was just before we got the script for the finale. At a certain point I think Aaron (Korsh) told me, "Listen, I just want to let you know that they're going to get together. I've been holding out for this. I did not plan for this, but this is, I think, where we're going to go." And I was like, "You know what, as we know that next year's our last season, I think it's right. I think it's the way to go. I think these characters are at the right place at the right time for this to happen." It just feels right and for the Darvey fans that are out there, it's going to be great for them.
Moving forward, we're going to really explore the idea of the work-life balance and having a power couple at the top of their game -- and how they make decisions together as a couple and as life partners. It's going to create some conflict, which is good, and we'll see how they can balance it.
USA: You and Sarah Rafferty have amazing chemistry on camera. What do you attribute that to and what's it been like working with her the past eight, nine seasons?
GM: Sarah and I have known each other for many years. We started out at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 1993 where we did three plays together. One of the things we had to do was drive to all the bed and breakfasts and put up the posters that were all the actors from New York that were coming up to the theater for the summer. So we would just have a ball going on these long rides and laughing and telling stories. We had that history, and I think that that's what brings our chemistry to this. It's our friendship over the years. Our families are very close and I think that that is how the chemistry is played out.
USA: Patrick J. Adams makes a return in the final season. What's it like having the original dynamic duo back for one last run?
GM: It's a lot of fun. So much of every script has this element of witty banter, and I think both of them have met their match in being tied to each other in this way specifically. So that humor and that sarcasm and that playfulness that we had in season one and two, we'll bring that all back.
We'll see that they have their competitive elements, basically Harvey versus Mike and Mike versus Harvey. There's also Harvey, man against himself. So they're constantly trying to find that balance of how to work with each other. Patrick and I, we're great collaborators and we really enjoy working together and I'm so appreciative that he's come back for this last season.
USA: What do you want to say to the longtime fans of Suits?
GM: When you're watching the show, enjoy it, enjoy the comic elements, enjoy the moments where you see these characters want to kill each other. Don't do what we do, learn from our mistakes and pass it along to your kids when they're of age.
Are you ready for the Darvey power couple? Catch the premiere of the ninth and final season of Suits tonight at 9/8c on USA Network!