"Suits" is set to return for its sixth season, and Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) will use prison time to do some good.
When his secret was revealed, Mike was tried in court and his colleagues in Pearson Specter Litt were part of the investigation for being accessories to the crime. Mike never went to law school and took the bar exam; however, he worked as a fake lawyer for Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht). When the lie was exposed, the firm took a hard blow as well. This forced him to plead guilty and serve two years of jail time. What shocked avid viewers is that the jury had ironically acquitted Mike and found him innocent.
Showrunner Aaron Korsh clarified that the show will not have a time jump. The upcoming season will pick up right where Mike has to go to prison. In an interview with Yahoo! TV, he emphasized, "I don't like to do a cliffhanger and then undo it. I feel like if you're going to just undo it, then it's a cheat."
He further said, "We could have gotten him out of it... but I just thought, 'We're not going to get him out of it. He's going to go to prison.'"
This echoes what he previously told The Hollywood Reporter: "We'll often always think about a time jump and then a flashback, but then we counter with wondering why we just don't pick it up there in the first place."
Adam, in the same interview, revealed that he is excited to see what his character will do now that the secret he has been hiding for so long is now out in the open. "Mike has always sort of been a boy... and now he's going to be forced into a situation where he's really going to have to grow up fast," he said.
It is still a hanging possibility that the prison storyline might go for a full season. No matter how long the writers will toy around the new plot, Adam said that his character will not be idle inside his cell.
"He's got a good heart, and he's got a good moral code. I think somehow he's going to have to find somebody that he's in service to... I'd be interested to see how that happens in prison," Adam said.