Guess who's ready to suit up again this summer. If you guessed Patrick J. Adams, you are right — the actor is reprising his role as Mike Ross for a guest-starring turn in Suits' ninth and final season.
Deadline reports that Adams will pop up in Episode 5 of the 10-episode final stretch, for a case that will bring him into a major legal battle with Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Samantha Wheeler (Katherine Heigl). The outlet also reports that the actor is expected to return for the series finale as well, though that appearance is not yet confirmed.
Adams said of the news, "I couldn't be happier to be part of the final chapter of Suits. I've missed my TV family, and am looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Mike Ross can stir up at the firm one last time. But if the wardrobe department thinks they're getting back the suits I stole when I left, they're going to be very disappointed."
Showrunner Aaron Korsh told Deadline, "[Adams] is the foundation of the show; it was built on him, others also but the very foundation we built on Patrick and Mike, and we all wanted to have him back. It was about how to integrate him organically and in a satisfying way."
Last time Suits fans saw Mike Ross, he'd just gotten married and pursuing his dream job in Seattle in the Season 7 finale. His bride, Rachel, was of course portrayed by Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, but Adams' return to the series doesn't mean fans should expect to see her onscreen again.
"There is always a chance she is going to pick up the phone and call me and say can I come back, and if she did she would be welcome back her with arms wide open," Korsh said. "But no, l don't see that happening."
However, the showrunner does believe fans will get an update on Markle's character, even if it's not necessarily baby news, in honor of the real-life birth of the royal baby.
"Since they both left, if you take a look throughput Season 8 and 9, people refer to both Mike and Rachel, even before he comes back," Korsh explained. "When he comes back, I do believe there is a little update on Rachel."
Suits Season 9 debuts on Wednesday, July 17 on USA Network.