Once Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement last November, Suits (Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Bravo) fans everywhere knew the writing was on the wall for Markle’s character, Rachel. And when her co-star Patrick J. Adams, who plays Rachel’s fiancé Mike on the show, announced that he was also leaving the series after seven seasons, it made perfect sense that the pair should ride off into the sunset together.
Well it’s official: in a move that further proves art imitates life, Suits creator and showrunner Aaron Korsh has confirmed that Mike and Rachel will indeed get hitched in May’s seventh season finale, the same episode that introduces the Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) centric spinoff.
“I remember on the phone call with Patrick when he told me he had decided to leave, we both said one of the upsides of it was that it would allow us to send Mike and Rachel off into the sunset in a happy way.” Korsch says. “I thought that was a perfect conclusion for the last episode of the season.”
That marks two May weddings for Markle, a fictional one and of course her highly anticipated real-life one to Harry on May 19. Although as Suits fans will probably recall, Mike and Rachel almost walked down the aisle once before, right before Mike went to jail for fraud. Although Mike decided at the last minute he wouldn’t say his “I dos” until he was out of jail, Korsh almost had them get married anyhow. In fact it came down to a last-minute decision on set, in which Korsh polled the cast to see whether they thought it should happen. Luckily, everyone thought saving the big day for a more appropriate time would make for a better story. And that brings us to the upcoming finale.
“There’s nothing I’ve ever done that has satisfied all fans and there’s nothing I do that has dissatisfied all fans,” Korsh says of the pressure of writing such a big episode. “In the end when I watch the wedding sequence in the edit bay, I tear up. No doubt about it. It’s both the wedding sequence itself and the post-wedding scenes that do it. So for me, it was a success. It’s got joy, it’s got a lot of fun, it’s got some funny, it’s got some heartfelt stuff, it’s got some sadness, and it’s got some closure with these relationships. For me, it did the job.”
We’ll see if Suits fans feel the same way, but considering that Rachel and Mike’s relationship has been a part of the storyline since the first season, it feels like that’s the only appropriate ending to give them. Meanwhile, it’s also an excuse to bring certain characters back.
While Korsh remained mum on exactly which recurring characters from the Suits world would make an appearance, money is on Wendell Pierce reprising his role as Rachel’s father. Korsh did say that one person in particular that they wanted to return for the nuptials had a really tight schedule, which resulted in the crew having to shoot the entire actual wedding in one gigantic, pressure-filled day.
“It was a lot,” Korsh admits. “If you look at all the scenes that take place within the wedding and everything we do, it was a lot… and a lot of pressure to get it done on that one day. By the end we had to pick and choose certain shots that we were going to get or not get. But I was very happy with the look we got in the end.”
Something tells us fans will be just as happy. After all, how often do we get to see a soon-to-be royal walk down the aisle twice in one month?
Suits airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo and USA.