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USA's Suits left audiences with quite a cliffhanger at the end of Season 5, and now we know what the beginning of Season 6 will look like in the aftermath of those big events. It looks like there will be no fancy time jumps for this show; Suits plans to pick up right after the Season 5 finale. Which, of course, means that our fake lawyer friend Mike is still in a whole nasty world of trouble.
A teaser for the Season 6 premiere obtained by The Hollywood Reporter shows the legal drama picking up right after Mike turns himself in after accepting a plea deal that lands him a two year prison sentence. Mike is finally ready to face up to all his lies, and has done so to keep Harvey, Jessica and the rest of his legal family from a whole lot of prosecution for their parts in the scam. Showrunner Aaron Korsh tells the outlet that Suits will start up again by focusing on Mike's very first night in the clink to begin serving his sentence, and the first night back at Pearson Specter Litt, which is now empty. Korsh also notes that the team behind the show is purposely trying to do something different by not having a quick save for Mike; their intent is to keep him locked up for a good while, so that he, and everyone complicit in the lie, really understands the severity of what was done. And this means that everything will still be topsy turvy for our pals for the foreseeable future. You can take a look at the promo video below.
Well, we've known for a few weeks now that Mike would be in prison for at least a little bit, seeing as how Suits has cast three recurring prison characters to help fill out the jail-based scenes. But, they could have easily been around here and there throughout the season. Maybe Mike would make a couple of friends in white collar prison and actually go back to visit, or call or send some emails that we could watch his former jail mates pore over. Now, though, it certainly looks like those characters will be a much bigger part of Mike's life in the near future. And, showrunner Aaron Korsh is certainly right that keeping Mike behind bars for an extended visit would not be what most shows who have a lead character in trouble with the law would choose to do.
At this point, there's no telling how long we can expect to see Mike in prison. Bu we do know one thing for sure, the whole dynamic of Suits has now changed, and we won't know for a while how the series will fare during Mike's tenure up the river or after he finally gets out. We'll just have to wait and see. Suits returns to USA on July 13.