USA has made it official and ordered an eight season of SUITS while confirming the exits of series regulars Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle.
The two actors’ departure after Season 7 was reported in November, but there was no word yet on a Season 8.
“I would like to thank Patrick and Meghan for their extraordinary contributions over the last seven years,” said showrunner Aaron Korsh in a statement. “Not only have they been outstanding in their roles as Mike and Rachel, they are also superb human beings who will always be beloved members of the Suits family, and we wish them well in their days to come.”
Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter), Sarah Rafferty (Donna Paulsen), Rick Hoffman (Louis Litt) and newly-minted series regular Dulé Hill (Alex Williams) are all slated to return for Season 8.
“Speaking of days to come, I am incredibly excited to welcome back our phenomenal crew and cast – Gabriel, Sarah, Rick and Dulé –who will continue the roller coaster ride with all of our amazing fans,” Korsh continued. “Season 8 will have everything from shifting alliances and internal power plays, to secrets, betrayals and fiery relationships. Keep an eye out for an adversarial new character that will give Harvey a run for his money.”
Korsh is also developing a potential spinoff series revolving around Gina Torres’ character Jessica Pearson, set in the world of Chicago politics.
The Season 7 finale is expected to serve as a backdoor pilot for the new series, with Rebecca Rittenhouse and Morgan Spector joining the cast and making their first appearances in that episode.
Torres left Suits in the middle of Season 6 but returned for the finale and will return again in the Season 7 finale. A similar model could be in place for Adams, whose college-dropout-turned-lawyer Mike Ross working for Gabriel Macht’s Harvey Specter despite never passing the bar was the catalyst for the show’s premise.
Markle is also an original cast member and her character Rachel is engaged to Mike, with the wedding set to unfold later in the season.