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This week saw the eighth season finale of USA Network’s Suits, and as the show heads into its ninth and final season, it will see another cast member exit, following Gina Torres, Patrick Adams, and Meghan Markle, which represents half of the original cast. This week’s exit was not a series regular, but a frequently recurring character since 2013 and the father of Meghan Markle’s character.
Wendell Pierce’s Robert Zane was written out of the series in the season finale, but it was entirely for scheduling reasons. Wendell Pierce has commitments to both Amazon’s second season of Jack Ryan and he’s on stage in London for Death of a Salesman during the first two-thirds of next season’s shooting schedule, according to Suits showrunner, Aaron Korsh. However, Korsh did not rule out the possibility that Pierce may make an appearance next year. Patricks Adams and Gina Torres — who will launch her Suits spin-off, Second City (set in Chicago) — may also make a return appearance in the final season, though a return is less likely for Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, for obvious reasons.