Warning: spoilers ahead for the final episode of Suits Season 6, "Character and Fitness."
Season 6 of Suits has officially come to an end, and fans are now facing months without any more legal drama from the likes of Harvey and Mike. Luckily, the sixth season ended on a high note as it brought back a very familiar face to seal the deal on Mike's future. Jessica Pearson herself returned for a surprise finale appearance, and her contribution means that Suits will be a very different show when it's back for Season 7.
When "Character and Fitness" kicked off, Mike was facing his final set of trials before he would either be admitted to the bar and allowed to become a lawyer or turned away by a set of panelists. Unfortunately for Mike, a unanimous vote was required if he was going to pass, and one of the panelists was seriously biased against him. There was no way he or any of his pals in New York were going to be able to convince the antagonistic Anita Gibbs to vote in Mike's favor... but that didn't mean that nobody could. Jessica Person dropped in at the very end to argue Mike's case and remind Anita that a little compassion was warranted.
Because Jessica is the best thing that ever happened to any of the Suits characters, Anita ultimately voted in Mike's favor, and Mike will officially become an actual lawyer. The show that began as the story of hotshot lawyer Harvey and his fraudulent genius protege Mike has been turned into something brand new now that Mike is a lawyer, and it's all thanks to Jessica flying back to New York from her life (presumably) in Chicago. She didn't seem to have any regrets about her decision to leave when she made her big exit in the Season 6 summer finale, but evidently Mike's future in jeopardy was reason enough for her to come back to the Big Apple and save the day.
Personally, I was so caught up in the finale that I was floored when Jessica showed up to make Mike's case for him, and it was the best kind of surprise. I've been missing Jessica, and hiatus might not feel so hard after getting to see her one more time back in action. Executive producer Aaron Korsh has explained why Jessica absolutely needed to return to Suits in the Season 6 finale, saying this in a chat with TVLine:
We talked about bringing her back a little earlier in the back six [episodes], but once the idea was landed on to have her be the one to swoop in and rescue Mike and everyone in the end... The writers pitched that to me. I just loved it. I just was like, 'She's our hero. Let her come back.' When Jessica enters, and then you cut to and see Rachel smiling that Jessica is maybe there to save the day, I just loved it so much. Once the writers came up with it, I was like, 'This is the right time to bring her back. This is terrific, and let's do it.'
Jessica only returned with a few minutes to spare in the episode, so we didn't get to see too much of her. Fortunately, her surprise finale appearance won't be the last time that we see Gina Torres back in action as Jessica Pearson. The spinoff centering on Jessica is moving forward, and although details are currently scarce, we can at least say for sure that we'll see a lot more of Torres as her kickass Suits character.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest news in new and returning series. We already know that Suits has been renewed for Season 7 on USA, and if the show follows the same schedule as it did for the first six seasons, we can count on a premiere sometime in June or July 2017. Check out our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what you can watch in the meantime.