In an exclusive interview with Variety, Suits creator and showrunner Aaron Korsh revealed the behind-the-scenes logistics of writing off two beloved characters, now that Patrick J. Adams (Mike Ross) and Meghan Markle (Rachel Zane) are departing the show at the end of this season.
Among the revelations in the interview was Korsh's plan for Mike and Rachel's relationship:
There is no doubt that we are going to honor the relationship of Mike and Rachel before we send them off. There was a promo to this effect, that went back to all of their moments -- the key moments of their relationship that have built to where we ultimately conclude. We absolutely had all those moments in mind when we decided how we’re going to send them off and what we’re going to do.
Korsh also addressed how the casting changes will affect Season 8, including the addition of Katherine Heigl (Samantha Wheeler) and Amanda Schull as series regulars. To Korsh, it's a fairly accurate mirror of a real workplace:
Here’s the thing: you have a core group of characters that started this thing, and I don’t think you could wipe out the core and replace them with a new core and have all-new people and still do the same show. But as in life, workplaces change. Over time you embrace new members of the family ... We’ve always had the formula of bringing people back. And then what we also do from time to time is bring in new, juicy, hopefully awesome characters like what we’re doing with Katherine Heigl. So that’s what we’re going to keep doing and to me that’s what makes continuation possible. It’s not like we’re bringing in a whole new cast — we’re integrating and involving people you spend time with from week to week.
Get more of the scoop from Korsh's telling interview with Variety HERE and make sure the DVR is set for the premiere of Suits THIS WEDNESDAY at 9/8c!