How Suits Got a Revamp After Losing Meghan Markle and Patrick J. Adams

Stars Gabriel Macht, Sarah Rafferty, Rick Hoffman, Dule Hill, and Amanda Schull talk moving on in season 8

By Lauren Piester Jul 18, 2018 12:37 AMTags
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Suits is finally about to return for season eight, but it's going to look just a little different. 

At the end of season seven, the USA legal drama lost two of its main characters when Mike (Patrick J. Adams) and Rachel (Meghan Markle) got married and moved to Seattle to run a law firm, leaving behind Pearson Specter Litt and its impending chaos while in real life, Meghan Markle was busy becoming the Duchess of Sussex. 

While season eight isn't a full reboot, it does feel like a fresh version of the show, featuring some new characters and new dynamics. 

"Harvey is dealing with the loss of Mike and not having his right-hand man there, he knows that he's got his right-hand gal," Gabriel Macht told E! News when we visited the show's set, looking over at his costar, Sarah Rafferty.

"As we move into season eight, we're kind of trying to see where our new lane is and take all the information and all that we learned in the previous years and kind of find what the new path is," she adds.

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Part of that new path does involve feeling the loss of Mike and Rachel, who Rick Hoffman describe as "an artery of the heart of the show." 

"I think we're very fortunate to have taken on some new talented actors who love being up here and so far the storylines are great, and I'm psyched," he says. 

Dulé Hill joined the series last season and says it really feels like he's "part of the newness of the show," alongside newcomer Katherine Heigl

"I think it's great for our fans who have been with us along the whole time, and I think it's great for new people who might come discover the show in season eight, because we have this bit of a reboot, but at the same time, we have these great roots," Rafferty explains.

As Dule Hill and Amanda Schull agree, the show isn't new, but it's revamped, re-energized, "just re." 

For more, hit play on the video above, and stay tuned for our interview with Katherine Heigl. 

Suits airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on USA.