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Power is a dangerous game. And that is perhaps the greatest lesson the key players at Pearson Darby are going to learn in the new season of Suits. While Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) licks those deep wounds of defeat and regroups, Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) basks in her victory of pulling off the merger – even if it was by blackmailing Michael ‘Mike’ Ross (Patrick J Adams), who became collateral damage in the corporate warfare. Debashine Thangevelo looks at how the merger became a serious game-changer and where this leaves Mike, who had the most to lose, and a rather unforgiving Harvey…
Still reeling from the whole “British invasion”, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) has been thrown off his A-game. He is feeling betrayed by those closest to him, and that says a lot as New York’s best closer has a reputation for being emotionally detached.
Besides Jessica Pearson showing him who’s really the boss, he can’t seem to wrap his head around his trusty right-hand man Michael “Mike” Ross’s apparent deception.
Let’s just say that in season three he is neither forgiving nor magnanimous.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Macht hinted: “I’ll give you a tiny little spoiler – Harvey doesn’t want to be involved with any of them, so you’re going to see him make a play. He is enraged with how Jessica has gone behind his back, he’s completely cut off Mike and he’s ready to high-tail out of there.”
On his suave and confident character being taken down a few pegs, he said: “Look, for a guy who talks about himself as the best closer in New York, and he’s a winner and all of this stuff, what’s great about this character is that they set him up to be this smooth criminal who can talk his way out of anything and close every deal. But the reality is, you see him losing. He’s losing throughout season two, which is great.
“You see his insecurities come up, he’s questioning loyalties around the office and has his own ulterior motives. I think it’s great to see him unbalanced.”
Landing a main role in Suits was a big deal for Patrick J Adams, as the bit parts he’d been bagging over the years were doing nothing for the Canadian’s career.
Shedding light on his struggles with Collider.com, the 31-year-old revealed that he auditioned for several acting gigs.
“My first pilot season, I probably went two or three times and my second season five or six, so by the time I’d got through five or six pilot seasons, it was normal for me to test anywhere from eight to 12 times over the course of the season.
“I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of actors talk about it – it’s a very painful, drawn out, soul-sucking process. So obviously when you get a show like Suits and it works out, you just can’t believe your luck.
“I had actually been fired from a job not long before Suits came along. It was a sitcom on NBC. I had really gone through the post-firing process of, ‘what am I doing? This is a total mistake. I’m wasting my life.’ Then the script came along and it was the story of a character who sort of felt he was at the bottom of the barrel, just scraping by and that he was sort of given this one chance, accidentally given this opportunity to beg for a chance to do what he thinks he’s most capable of doing.”
This legal comedy drama has certainly elevated the actor’s status in Hollywood – he even bagged last year’s Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series.
Now that he is a recognisable face in Los Angeles he laughed regarding getting flak about not being able to “seal the deal” with sexy Rachel, the paralegal at his law firm.
Adams shared: “We have two schools of people who watch the show: the Mike sympathisers and the Harvey wannabes… and the Harvey wannabes think they are Harvey Specter. So when they see me on the street, they will just berate me and treat me like the young Mike Ross character. Then I get the grandmothers who love me because I (as Mike) love my grandma.”
In another chat with Zap2It.com, he hinted at what’s coming in season three, especially after that steamy scene with Rachel and him in the file room, where he finally came clean about not being a Harvard graduate.
He said: “Well, we’re going to pick up where we left off. At the end of the season, there was obviously a big shift, for lack of a better word, in the Mike/Rachel relationship – huge shift. Fans were just getting incredibly fed up with the ‘will they or won’t they’ kind of relationship.
“Creatively, we had just reached the end of being able to tap that for anything. Now it’s opened up a whole new world where they get to see these two young people trying to figure out how a relationship might work under the pressures of their jobs.
“Beyond sexual politics, there are office politics. Mike and Harvey are really at odds at the end of the second season. And Mike has to find a way to man up and confess to what he did and apologise in a way that’s a little bit more mature than he has been in the past.”
By the way, Louis Marlowe Litt (Rick Hoffman) – Harvey’s rival at the law firm – seizes the moment to finally “poach” Mike from Harvey.
And that is what makes this show so addictive. It is fast-paced, powerful, has a razor-sharp script, boasts the crème de la crème of actors dressed in the finest of threads and is imbued with plot twists that will make your head spin.
Every one of the lead characters has a strong case in the new season of Suits, but it is clearly about who makes the most convincing argument and, ultimately, closes the deal. Although, truth be told, they have already done that with viewers.
Suits 3 starts on M-Net (DStv channel 101) on Saturday at 8pm.