Suitshas officially ended, and while no one ended up in prison or lost their law license in the final episode, there were some emotional goodbyes as the lawyers closed this chapter of their lives. Donna (Sarah Rafferty) and Harvey (Gabriel Macht) got married during an impromptu ceremony, and afterwards decided to pack up and move to Seattle to help fight the good fight with Mike (Patrick J. Adams) and Rachel (Meghan Markle).
Their departure left Louis (Rick Hoffman), who also got married and became a father in the finale, as managing partner of the firm once Faye Richardson (Denise Crosby) was ousted as special master. There was one last name change, and a guarantee there wouldn't be another one for five years, as what used to be Pearson Hardman became Litt Wheeler Williams Bennett, after Katrina (Amanda Schull) was made a name partner.
It's hard to imagine the place without Donna and Harvey, but Harvey will now take his brash-no-holds-barred approach to the law to help the good guys with Mike. Suits creator Aaron Korsh talked to TV Guide about the finale episode, why he wanted to give everyone a happy ending, and what he hopes the legacy of the show is now that it's over.
When did you realize that you wanted to end this series with Donna and Harvey getting married?
Aaron Korsh: I think we came up with the totality of the endings around, I feel like, January...It probably started formulating in my mind around when we were shooting the finale last year, which would've been last November, but I think it was really in early January that we probably landed on the whole sequence of events as they unfolded.
Did you always know that you were going to try and give everyone a happy ending? Or was there a part of you that thought, "Maybe we should kill Sheila on the operating table after she has the baby,"?
Korsh: I don't know that I would characterize everyone as having a happy ending, for me. I think for the most part that's true. But there's some bittersweetness. When Louis finds out that Harvey and Donna are leaving, he's not happy about that. There's some sadness there. Obviously, I also think [leaving] is hard for Harvey and Donna, even though it's what they're choosing to do and they want to do it. There's some sadness. I guess in the big picture it is all happy ending, but I wanted there to be some feeling of sadness in terms of Harvey leaving and there is still some sense of loss. But yeah, no, I didn't want to have any kind of death or that kind of an end.
Considering all the stuff these people have gotten up to you over the years, the fact that no one stayed in prison is really a miracle.
Korsh: There's no doubt about that...You could make the case that what Harvey should have done when a mirror was held up to him about his actions, he could have decided, "Oh my God, I don't want to cross lines anymore. I want to live a good clean existence." But, he doesn't decide that. He decides he wants to keep crossing lines. He just wants to do it for the good guys, which I think is true to who he is. An argument could be made that that's not ultimately the best choice, but that amused me. I made the choice than I thought was the appropriate [one] for him to make.
What was the most difficult thing for you to write for the finale? Was that the same one that was the hardest to shoot?
Korsh: The proposal scene was tough. We were fighting the daylight. The goodbye scenes were definitely emotional for the characters. Harvey and Donna telling Louis they were going to leave was tough for people. It's like the actors were saying goodbye. It was an emotional, tough scene for people because all of a sudden the emotions of that we were saying goodbye as actors and writers and stuff started to take over.
As far as writing...I do think actually ironically that conference room scene was tough to write, because there was so much like, "What are we saying here? What are we doing?" That was a tough thing to write. But the hard part is always making the story fit in your mind. That's not really necessarily individual scene writing.
In the midst of all these goodbyes and sort of things wrapping up, you made space for that moment between Mike and Harvey to revisit that iconic scene of the pilot. Can you talk about crafting that and why you thought it was important to have that in the final episode?
Korsh: I think we came up with the concept of that scene very early, because it was like, "Well, if Harvey is going to work for Mike, Mike's got to interview him, right?" So when we came up with that, we were all very happy with it. It just seemed right. It was about coming full circle. This finale is very much coming full circle. If you look back to the pilot, Donna says we've been married for the last seven years and they ended up getting married in the finale. Obviously, Harvey hires Mike and interviews him and that same thing happens. So it just was a lot of fun to think about that scene.
Who do you think would be the first to have babies: Mike and Rachel or Donna and Harvey?
Korsh: I don't know...What popped into my head was Mike and Rachel. That popped in. But you know what? The wonderful thing about that the show isn't on anymore, the fans can make their own they're on the call on that.
Do you see potential for any of these characters to maybe at least visit Chicago to see Jessica on Pearson, if not move there?
Korsh: I left it to [executive producer, Daniel Arkin] to decide how much cross-pollination of the two worlds he wanted to do. I thought he did a really good job of letting Pearson establish its own tone and its own footing before inundating it with Suits characters, but yet also having the two phone calls; Harvey, Louis, and a mention of Donna, and just Jessica referring to different things throughout the course of the year...I would leave it to him to kind of decide what he wants to do moving forward, but I could see any one of these characters either temporarily. Permanently might be a little bit more difficult, that's from my point of view. If he wanted to do what I would support it. But 100 percent, obviously Harvey, obviously Louis, obviously Donna. I also think Jessica has history with Katrina, no doubt about it. She has plenty of history with Zane, but also I would think it would be interesting to see Samantha Wheeler go over there, because I'd love to see a scene between Samantha and Jessica. I just think it would be great.
What do you hope the legacy of Suits?
Korsh: The fact that they remade it in Korea and they remade it in Japan and I think they may be remaking it somewhere else...We all had, from top to bottom, passion for the show. The cast, the writers, the directors, the editors, [and] the cameraman. A camera operator was there from day one of the first episode in Toronto to the last episode. These people and the Canadian crew, they're so proud of what they do. They give 150 percent and I feel like the fans have always appreciated that. To me, that's the legacy. We did the best job we could. It was a show about family and it included the fans in the family. It brought some joy to people's lives, so that that to me is the legacy I would hope the show has — that people always think back fondly and think, "I loved that show when it was on."