The following contains spoilers from Thursday’s episode of Suits. If you have yet to watch, avert your eyes now.
On Thursday’s season finale of Suits, the action at the law firm got heated, in several senses of the word. And that’s all we’ll say until after the jump, just to make sure the unspoiled remain that way. (But you’re gonna want to read on, because there’s good stuff ahead.)
All clear? OK. After two seasons of pent-up sexual tension and secrets, Mike finally revealed to Rachel that he never went to Harvard. And she reacted to the news with two slaps — but that didn’t stop them from having sex in the file room.
Although the steamy – and kind of angry – consummation of Mike and Rachel’s will they/won’t they relationship was somewhat risque for a USA Network show, executive producer Aaron Korsh tells TVLine there were no objections from the big bosses.
“We got zero pushback,” he says. In fact, the network bigwigs actually helped him with an editing question. “When I first watched the scene, I loved it. I was there when they shot it. As soon as they did the first take of it, I was like, ‘This is going to be awesome!’ I loved what they were doing. And it only got better from there.”
Later, Korsh had a moment where he thought “if it was just three seconds shorter, it might be more impactful. Then I watched it again and I thought, ‘Eh, I’m not sure. I really love it the way it is.’”
To solve his dilemma, he asked the execs at USA to weigh in – and they were split, too, until word came down from the top. “Evidently, I think [NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group Chairman] Bonnie Hammer watched it,” he continues. “It’s very rare – I don’t believe we’ve ever gotten notes from Bonnie Hammer. Maybe on the pilot, but I can’t remember. Bonnie Hammer thought it might be better if it was three seconds shorter. I thought, ‘This is great. I’m torn anyway. Let’s just do it.’”
And so “three random seconds” were taken out of the sequence, but “it wasn’t any particular shots that were too racy,” explains the EP.
As for why he decided to pair the big reveal with Mike and Rachel’s first time, Korsh says, “It was always in my mind that the secret would come out at the same time they slept together… If Mike sleeps with her and doesn’t tell her the secret, that is a not a good thing for his character. He’s always said he’s not going to have lies between the two of them… Just instinctively, it seemed like the two should go hand in hand and that should lead to them having a fight.”
The fact that the big moment Mike-and-Rachel fans have been waiting for came amid yelling and anger is a sign that things won’t be simple for the pair, despite having finally sealed the deal.
“Their struggle for Season 3 is going to be: Can Rachel really accept this guy who has everything that she wants, but hasn’t earned it?” previews Korsh. “This fraud is a form of betrayal. If she wants to accept it, it’s going to be a process. It’s not just going to happen easily.”
Read on to find out what the EP revealed about the finale’s other big developments…
IS HARVEY’S BROTHER COMING TO TOWN? | Yes and no. “It was not put in there as a seed to be planted for next season. It was actually put in there to answer some [questions about] Harvey’s past, which is what people are always longing for and what we like to do. We may pick up on that scene for next year. We may not. I would imagine, at some point, we’re going to meet Harvey’s brother.”
HOW HONEST WAS HARVEY WITH SCOTTIE? | “It’s not that Harvey doesn’t have feelings for Scottie or thinks he doesn’t have feelings for Scottie. It’s that he doesn’t trust Scottie. As we’ve revealed now with Harvey’s issues with his mom, it’s very hard for him to untangle his heart towards Scottie if he doesn’t trust her. That’s the core of his issues with the world in general and women in particular. I don’t know that he’s being dishonest. I think he’s protecting himself.”
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE FIRM? | Scottie’s British bosses will be sticking around for “at least a period of time,” Korsh says. “We’re moving forward with this merger presumably, and that’s going to have consequences. It’s like you’re entering into a new relationship. There’s going to be problems. There’s going to be things to work out. There’s going to be pleasant surprises. There’s going to be unpleasant surprises.”