Patrick J. Adams is leaving his hit television series Suits. The actor made the shocking announcement in an Instagram post stating that the ongoing seventh season will be his last.
Patrick J. Adams will be following in the footsteps of his co-star Meghan Markle who plays his character's on-screen partner. But while Markle's exit was expected and hinted at with her impending marriage to Prince Harry, Adams' departure came as a surprise to the show's fans. However, he clarifies that he has been planning on leaving for a while.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he says, "I started thinking about leaving at the end of the first half of season six, after Mike was released from prison. From a story point of view, I was a little unsure of what was left for him to do."
But he did state that he made the final decision to leave halfway through season seven. "As we were starting to talk about renegotiating contracts, I took a moment. Everybody was going full steam ahead and I stopped and said, 'We need to think about this because this is more of my time and more of my life — and what’s the story left to tell?'" he says. "I had this voice in my head that said that we've told his story and if he hangs out longer, Mike is just going to be another lawyer on television. That didn’t feel right for him. It didn’t feel right for where I was at in my life, either. I started having conversations with Aaron and we both decided (leaving) made sense, as sad and scary as it was. It just felt like it was the way to go."
As for the coincidental timing of departure with Meghan, he says "a lot went unsaid". He adds, "There was this natural sense that we both knew that the time had come for both of us. It went unspoken and we just enjoyed the hell out of the last few episodes that we got to shoot. We both knew that we wouldn’t be coming back. It made every one of our scenes that much more special. We had a great time. We could laugh through it."
But it does bode well for their characters Mike (Adams) and Rachel (Markle) that they are both leaving since it means that breaking them up is not really a major option, they could even have a happy ending, to which Adams hints, "A lot of times when actors leave shows, a gun gets pulled out in a courtroom or something. Without spoiling too much, yes, I think Mike and Rachel are two characters that there has never been any question that they’re in love and that they’re meant for each other and that they’re willing to go to great lengths and sacrifice a ton in order to keep their relationship going," he explains. When asked if there will be a happy wedding for the TV couple he says, "The only thing I can say is that you should really watch episode 16."
Oh, we will. The second half of the seventh season of Suits will premier on March 28th and will end with a special two-hour finale on April 25th.