Why did Mike leave?

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I don't think Mike's character should have vanished like what the creator showed in Suits. While it is true that Meghan Markle is now Duchess of Sussex and probably can't work (or something), the audience truly loved Mike individually.

There could have been a replacement of Rachel, or a dramatic break-up, maybe. The audience would have gulped the heart-breaking news like that. But simply erasing Mike was not really good.

Now if we logically think, when you move to another city, you don't totally vanish like that. Especially with the expertise of Mike Ross.

Did the creators really have to let go of Mike because of Rachel? I don't think his character was so dependent on hers. Or, was there other reason?

Best Answer

In this interview in the Hollywood Reporter, Patrick J. Adams, who plays Mike Ross, explains that he chose to leave the show because he believed Mike Ross' story had nowhere else to go:

As we were starting to talk about renegotiating contracts [for season eight and beyond], I took a moment. Everybody was going full steam ahead and I stopped and said, "We need to think about this because this is more of my time and more of my life — and what’s the story left to tell?" [...] I had this voice in my head that said that we've told his story and if he hangs out longer, Mike is just going to be another lawyer on television. That didn’t feel right for him.

Whether you agree with him is another matter entirely, but that is why he left.

As far as I can tell, Meghan Markle's own departure from the show had nothing to do with Adams' departure. It was just convenient timing for the writers, as it allowed them to write them both out at the same time.

For the record, Adams has not ruled out returning to the show in future, even if it's just a one-off:

I’ve said my goodbyes to Mike and to Suits, but I never close any door. When the time comes, if it felt like [returning] was the right thing to do, I’d definitely be open to it. [...] If it felt like it was the appropriate thing to bring Mike back for a big goodbye, then that’s something I could be open to.

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Why did Mike and Rachel quit Suits?

\u201cSo, collectively the writers, we decided to take a gamble that these two people [Meghan and Harry] are in love and it's going to work out. \u201cWhat we decided to do was as the season progresses say, 'Look, I would rather have good things happen to Meghan in her life' \u2014 which would likely mean her leaving the show.

Why did Mike leave season 5?

Michael eventually cannot deal with his dictator-like changes and quits to form his own company taking Pam and Ryan with him. The company becomes successful and eventually, Dunder Mifflin is forced to buy them out. The season ends with Pam learning she is pregnant.

Why did Mike leave Harvey Specter?

The real reason why Mike Ross did not return in season 8 of 'Suits' is that Patrick J. Adams believed that there was nothing more left to be explored for the character. Mike's fraudulent qualifications were found out and he did time in the jail as well.

Why does Patrick Adams leave Suits?

What prompted your decision to leave Suits? After seven seasons \u2014 really, eight years of being away from home and away from my now-wife [Adams married Pretty Little Liars alum Troian Bellisario in December 2016] and there was that pressure.

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