Mike Ross will seen in a federal prison when Suits returns with its 6th season on 13 July on the USA Network. Patrick J Adams admitted that Mike going to prison is good for the show, and also teased about how long his character will be in jail.
Adams told ABC news during New York City premiere event: "We've been building for five seasons towards somebody having to face the music for this secret that they had been keeping. So I think it was really brave for them -- and good for the show -- to just change it up that much and to not run away."
Mike took a two-year plea deal and entered a federal prison on charges of fraud in season 5 finale. According to Patrick, this twist was needed as the show was going down the same path in the last 5 seasons. He explained: "The show needed something and I think most shows get to a point when you get to five years and you're starting to kind of maybe repeat a little bit; you feel yourself going down the same path. You can either double down on what we've been doing and just say, 'This is our show.' Or you can be pretty ballsy and say, 'We're going to switch it up and we're going to try something new and inject it with some new energy.'"
The 34-year-old actor revealed that they have filmed up to episode 7 and addressed when Mike will get out of prison. "All I know is what we shot so far and I'm still in prison. They're committing to it. We're committing to it as a full storyline. Do I think it's going to be a full two years' worth of the show? My guess is probably not."
Adams further explained: "We have no knowledge of him getting out as of yet. But that's not abnormal. We don't know what's happening.... We don't know what's going to happen until we start shooting."
Unlike Mike who will struggle with prison life, Adams is enjoying prison life especially the blue suits. "I'm in those [prison] clothes. It's so great!. Because when you're in suits you have to change three to four times a day. So you're constantly changing... [Now,] I go to work and I put on that wardrobe and I read my book all day."