A lot of people may have been surprised by Meghan Markle's announcement that she's leaving Suits but Aaron Korsh, Suits' creator, is not one of them. Meghan Markle was one of the original cast members and has been around since the beginning but Aaron had a pretty good indication that she'd be leaving. He said that roughly a year ago he started taking her relationship seriously and knew that if things continued to progress she would probably leave. Aaron and the Suits' writers started working on her exit. Of course, if things didn't work out that way, it would have been reversible. Here's the full quote:
I knew from about a year ago that this relationship was burgeoning. I sort of had a decision to make because I didn't want to intrude and ask her, 'Hey, what's going on and what are you going to do?' So I decided to, collectively with the writers, decided to take a gamble that these two people were in love and it was gonna work out. So what we decided to do was as the season progressed, say 'Look, I would rather have good things to Meghan in her life, which would likely mean her leaving the show. So let's plan on that.' And it's much easier to undo that if it came to it than to just plan on her staying forever and then finding out she's gonna go. The only way to write a character out like that would be if they got hit by a bus or something.
It's been a long journey with Meghan, playing Rachel Zane. Over the seven seasons, so far, her character has advanced in some big ways. Despite some setbacks, she managed to get her law degree and pass the bar. It's nice to see that Suits' isn't planning to just kill her off in some dramatic fashion. It's great that Aaron Korsh is handling it this way and that Meghan (and Rachel) will be getting a happily-after-after both on the show and off.
Look for Suits to be back at some point in early 2018. Let's see how it plays out. The only thing we know for sure is that the season finale is supposed to serve up a set up to a spinoff centering around Jessica Pearson.