In last night’s episode of Suits, Louis finally got what he wanted as Pearson Specter became Pearson Specter Litt.
This was the result of Louis (Rick Hoffman), finally using Mike’s secret to blackmail Harvey and Jessica into making him into a name partner. Louis also acted like a jerk for the majority of the episode, effectively ending his friendships with Harvey, Mike, Jessica, Donna, and Rachel.
TVLine.com caught up with the show’s boss, Aaron Korsh to discuss the aftermath of Louis’ rampage last night.
On whether the writers worried that they made Louis irredeemable…
“I guess I would say that, first of all, you have to remember that people hated Louis in the first season, in particular, and maybe even into the second season. That was one of my goals: to take a person that you utterly hated and turn him into someone that you really loved, and the way to do that is to just show their vulnerability. Most people that are “villains,” they don’t show the people that they’re tormenting their own torment or where the pain comes from. But we have the ability in a TV show to show it to the audience. And also, to be fair to Louis, he will show it sometimes to Rachel, Mike, Donna, even Harvey. So the feeling was no matter what we do with him, you can always redeem Louis because he’s such an emotional character and he’s willing to show you his pain. Having said that, there was some concern – “Is he going too overboard? Will he not be able to recover?” – but that was dissuaded internally pretty easily. The other thing is, even within this episode, at the very end, you see the first crackings of maybe he’ll forgive Donna.”
Will Mike and the others be able to forgive Louis?
“I just want to mention for a minute that the five of them all kept a massive secret from him that also put his career and his firm in jeopardy while letting him resign over what he did. So I wouldn’t say they are completely faultless when you’re looking at it from Louis’ perspective. He’s not just being mean for no reason. They’re reaping a little bit of what they sowed.
If you think of it like a family, for someone to be truly unforgiving, that would be a tough thing to do. Family tends to fight and get incredibly mad at each other, but always have the ability to regroup and re-bond. So we’re going to explore that in the back six [episodes] with Louis and everyone. I’ll call it a semi-healing process with Louis attempting to gain the forgiveness and re-bond with some of the people that he was at odds with.”
On whether Louis finding out about Donny and Harvey having sex will play a role in future episodes…
“Yes. We were writing [Episode] 411 and it just emerged in the scene because Donna says, “Louis, put yourself in my position. I have professional loyalty to Harvey, and I’m not going to betray him. What would you have done?” And it makes him think, alright, he wants to ask something personal. He wants to make her give something up of herself to him that’s not professional, but is sort of regarding Harvey. He wants her to choose him over Harvey in a way… So will it emerge again? My answer to that is yes and no. It’s in the ether. It does play into things. He doesn’t, at the moment, actively use it against her at this point in the last six, but it’s always there. It’s a piece of information that’s always there for Louis. You never know what Louis is going to do, and he now has that piece of information.”
To read the rest of the interview, visit TVLine.com