Wednesday nights Suits season finale sets the stage for the upcoming spinoff pilot starring former series regular Gina Torres (Jessica Pearson) airing next year as the Suits winter finale.
Jessica has appeared intermittently on Suits since Torres left the series midway through Season 6. Now based in Chicago, Jessica reappeared in Harveys (Gabriel Macht) swank Manhattan apartment late in Wednesdays episode convincing him to remove her name from the firms wall after learning shell be disbarred.(Im good with this, she said.)
As the back six [episodes of Suits] roll out in the winter, well go deeper into the ramifications and fallout of Jessica being disbarred, says Torres, setting the stage for the spinoff. What we know is that [the spinoff] is set in Chicago and will push Jessica into the political arena. What I want to stress, though, is that Suits is the springboard for the new series, which is its own animal. Its not Suits 2, and thats incredibly exciting for me as well.
Torres says she had no idea she would be doing a Suits spinoff when she left the series last year. It was for personal reasons and had nothing to do with the show or my happiness with the show, she says. At that point, leaving was all about coming home [to LA] and taking care of my dad and getting my real life in order which was difficult to do when I was 3,000 miles away [shooting Suits in Toronto].
It never occurred to me at that point [about doing a spinoff], says Torres, 48. I just thought I would be another version of [past Suits characters] Scottie [Abigail Spencer] or Daniel Hardman [David Costabile] and would pop up when they needed me. But then the  election happened and the campaigning and there was so much going on, she says. For the first time in my life I kind of became a news junkie and became incredibly fascinated with the quagmire world of politics. [The spinoff] was my idea. I brought it to the network and helped flesh it out and the network [and Suits creator] Aaron Korsh loved it.
Torres will be an executive producer on the new series (as yet untitled), with Korsh writing the pilot. She says Jessica will find herself surrounded by an interesting cast of characters in the Windy City.
It involves Chicago and Chicago politics, the dark side of that and also the potential lighter side so there will be a mayor, district attorneys, city planners those kinds of people, she says. Obviously, Jessica is a force of nature and forces of nature need other forces of nature or it gets boring. Not only will she test, but shell be tested and well see how.
And Torres says she isnt shutting the door on bringing some Suits characters into Jessicas new orbit.
Its so great to play with the idea of a crossover [episode], and certainly there are other characters in Suits who have very specific skill sets, she says. Its wide-open. I wont say no and wont say never, but it has to be right and it has to make sense.