'Suits' season 9 episode 1: What will Rachel's legacy be in the final season?
There are a couple of ways for 'Suits' season 9 to address Rachel's absence, one being she stays in Seattle to ensure the smooth running of her legal clinic.
The final season of ‘Suits’ is just around the corner and it's impossible for all the OG fans – the ones who have stuck with the show since Mike (Patrick J Adams) barged into Harvey’s (Gabriel Macht) office to avoid cops – to not feel nostalgic. The final episodes of the USA Network series will see the final fight and hopefully the most epic one of them all - one so epic that it will see the return of Mike.
We know that the firm is facing a huge backlash after Robert Zane (Wendell Pierce) was disbarred and is struggling to stay afloat. Needless to say, the lawyers at Zane Specter Litt Wheeler Williams, formerly Zane Specter Litt, would find it difficult to not let his fall affect the reputation of the firm. From the trailers for the upcoming season, it is evident that this is where Mike comes in.
“I always have time for an old friend,” says Harvey’s mentee regarding his return in the trailer. However, he will be flying solo, considering his wife, Rachel Zane, portrayed by Duchess Meghan Markle, has traded acting for the royal life. We are concerned as to how her absence will be addressed on the show.
She was, after all, an integral part of the firm, having been a close friend to Louis (Rick Hoffman) and Harvey on many occasions, and the best friend to Donna (Sarah Rafferty). Rachel’s loss will absolutely not go unaddressed, and of course, getting a replacement actress to play the role is not an option, considering the love the fans and the showrunners still have for Markle.
However, the best solution to the conundrum would be to mention her – liberally – and give an explanation as to why she is not back in New York with her husband. There are a couple of ways for the show to address it, one being Rachel and Mike are running a legal clinic in Seattle and of course at least one of them needs to stay behind to ensure everything is running smoothly.
The second one would be to say that Rachel needs to be by her father, while he is accustomed to life after debarment. While Mike helps keep the firm afloat, Rachel ensures that things on the home front are fine.
Regardless of what excuse they use, we are pretty certain that Rachel’s legacy will be protected by the show that put her in the limelight. We are looking forward to seeing how they do it, though.
Watch out for season 9 episode 1 of ‘Suits’ on Wednesday, July 17.