Will Mike’s secret be revealed on the Season 2 premiere of ‘Suits?’
With the truth about Mike Ross not attending law school about to be revealed, things weren’t looking good for the young lawyer on the Season 1 finale of “Suits.”
But the Season 2 premiere, which airs Monday at 9 p.m. ET on bravo, promises to answer many of the questions posed in the cliffhanger finale, including whether Mike’s nemesis Trevor (Tom Lipinski) did in fact tell the head of the law firm, Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres), about his coveted secret.
“I think the fact that (the episode) is called ‘She Knows’ is telling,” Patrick J. Adams, who plays Mike, tells CTV.ca with a laugh during a recent set visit.
“But I think the writers (on our show) are really smart, and they don’t ever run away from something that they set up but at the same time it’s never quite what you expect.”
So while Adams, who was born and raised in Toronto, won't reveal exactly how things shake down, he does say viewers will get the resolution they’re looking for.
“We’re not going to try and trick the audience. I think a lot of people were worried that we’d come back and have an earthquake happen just before Trevor tells (Jessica) or something,” says Adams.
“But we commit to the direction we were headed in but then obviously because Harvey is so strategic and incredible at manipulating situations, and we have a lot of new blood coming into the office, one guy in particular, it changes the dynamic and the power structure really significantly.”
Season 2, which is currently being shot in Toronto, comes on the heels of a critically-acclaimed first season that saw college dropout Mike land a job at one of New York City’s top law firms after impressing top legal closer, and the firm’s senior partner, Harvey (Gabriel Macht), with his photographic memory.
Adams scored a prestigious Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nomination for his role last December, and admits he was completely unprepared for everything that came along with it.
“Last year was just a first for everything for me and, while such a joy and such an honour, was such an overwhelming thing. The thing that got me through it was that the show had gotten that kind of attention because obviously you don’t get a nomination like that without amazing writing, an amazing cast and great directors,” says Adams.
“I was just so happy that that kind of eye was on (‘Suits’) because I think it was a real surprise for everybody that (the nomination) happened.”
Adams says all the buzz from the first season has allowed them to have more freedom to go further with the storylines and introduce more overarching themes, rather than just focus on the individual cases each week.
“After (the network) saw the kind of reaction we got to the first season they have been really cool and really excited to allow us to take some stories and give them a little bit more room to breathe and take a few episodes to really plot out what’s going on with (everything),” says Adams.
One of the major storylines for Season 2 will include the return of founding partner Daniel Hardman (David Costabile), who comes out of retirement and re-joins the firm.
“He potentially poses a threat to all people so it’s really going to affect the way that, especially Harvey being a master chess player and moving the pieces around so well, both him and Jessica, you’re going to see everybody kind of have to rally together in a different way to make sure they don’t get swallowed up by this guy who is potentially the smartest guy in the room,” says Adams.
The season will also get a little more personal for both Mike and Harvey, something that Macht very much welcomes.
“I think what the writers have done really well with Harvey is that they’ve peeled the onions of his character slowly.
“There is something very mysterious about him and as much as he is very confident in his way and his swagger is a huge part of his presentation, I think more often than that the reasons why characters do that is because there is some sort of deep-seated insecurity or something from his past.”
Harvey will also be challenged on a professional level when he is accused of burying key evidence.
“As much as he thinks he wins, we’re going to see him lose little losses along the way and I think that makes it even more interesting . . . as much as I think the audience likes to see Harvey whip smart and talking his way out of anything you’ve got to see the break in his armour,” says Macht.
Adams says he is also looking forward to taking more scenes outside of the law firm in order to explore Mike’s personal life.
“I love getting to be outside the office because it usually means I don’t have to wear a suit that day and that’s a welcome change,” says Adams with a laugh.
As well as more background about Mike’s parents, who died in a car accident when he was growing up, and more of a focus on his grandmother, much attention will also be paid to his romantic relationships, including the one with his current girlfriend Jenny (Vanessa Ray) and paralegal Rachel (Meghan Markle).
“They’re coming up with a lot of interesting stuff that’s happening outside of the office, obviously the girl situation, which is another thing that was sort of coming to a head at the end of the first season. We’re not going to shy away from it. We take leaps and bounds in the first couple of episodes.”
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