At the end of last season, everything in the Suits universe had changed. The season started with this family of lawyers fighting to stay afloat and protect the firm. By the end, even if they did get rid of Hardman, the poor economic state the firm was in only got resolved with the merger to Edward Darby’s firm.
Season 3 starts with a dream sequence that makes us question ourselves through the whole episode, (and I suspect will be one of the themes of this season) about Mike's fraud and future. As competent as he can be, he hasn't passed the bar, he’s not a lawyer, and if the truth comes out he’s not going down alone. With Darby inside the firm, the risks of the lie arise. If he finds out we can bet that he might act on this information. If the last scene of the episode tells us anything, it’s that the sense of family and protection that the show once had is lost and, a more 'every man for himself’ policy has taken hold. Several loyal relationships have been broken, and I'm not sure they can be restored (especially between Jessica and Harvey). Mike, however, looks like he's gonna do everything he can to go back to the way things used to be; stepping out his comfort zone, he gives back the office Jessica supplied for him, and starts to play his cards with a confidence that feel as it was born after his honesty hour with Rachel and the consequence of it.
The mind games between Harvey, Jessica and Darby about the Ava Hessington case soon run out, plus the power game only gets worse when Cameron Dennis gets involved after Richard Jensen, the prosecutor in Ava’s case, steps aside. Harvey doesn’t run from a fight; now, he’s fighting Jessica.
On a lighter note, watching Louis become part of the group again not only helps the comedy that makes the show a joy to watch, but lets Rick Hoffman shine - as both comedy relief archetype and as a drama king. The scenes between Donna and Louis break up the tension present through the whole episode and remind us Suits is not just about the cases, but about the people working in the firm- this group of damaged, complex and lovable characters.
The first episode set the bar high for the rest of the season. Between the fight for power, loyalty, and growth, the changed dynamics and games and the fantastic performance by the original cast and guest stars Michelle Fairley and Conleth hill ( both actors recently seen in ‘Game of Thrones’) we be sure of a season with even more changes in store.
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