Uncannily smart and sassy secretary Donna (Sarah Rafferty) is one of the employees affected most by the shift, as her loyalty to boss Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) drives her to make a potentially devastating mistake.
Digital Spy spoke to Rafferty to find out what's in store for Donna, whether a romance with Harvey is on the cards, and just what they do with that can opener.
What do you think sets Suits apart from other legal dramas of its type?
"First of all, we have really great writing. And secondly, we're on a network that mandates that - the USA network's mandate is, 'Characters welcome'. So the characters are very fully developed, and it's not just a 'story of the week' structure, these situations really deepen and affect the characters. I think there's somebody for everybody to connect with, whether it's hating Louis or loving Rachel."
What first appealed to you about the character of Donna?
"When I first read the pilot script, I was really struck by how in one single episode I could hear the voices of all these characters, you got a really strong hit of who they are. And Donna, I connected right away to her sense of humour, and wit, and loyalty. She has a long, long working relationship with Harvey, and she's incredibly confident, like he is, really secure with her position at the firm and in the world, and in a lot of ways I thought she was an aspirational character, so I was intrigued by her."
What's coming up for Donna in the second season?
"Now that we've had the whole first season to meet these people, there's more time to dig into them in season two, and the power balance is really affected at the firm. In terms of Donna, she's loyal potentially to a fault, so she finds herself in a tricky situation and as a result, her relationship with Harvey is really challenged. So it gets kind of messy and gritty and very good."
What's your working relationship like with Gabriel?
"Well, Gabriel and I have been friends since...let's see, we met in 1993, we did theatre together. So we've been really good friends for a really long time, so we almost have a brotherly sisterly relationship, and some of that kind of, that natural ease with each other has come into our working relationship.
"It's really fun, but the biggest challenge is dealing with our giggles. We have some fairly serious scenes in season two, and like, it's three in the morning when you're shooting and you're hanging out with one of your best friends, it's hard not to crack up. And you don't want to, because you don't want to make the day any longer! I'm gonna say, he's a lot worse than me, and you can feel free to print that. I'm pointing the finger right at him."
Harvey and Donna's relationship isn't romantic at this stage, but is that something that develops in season two?
"In season two, there's more…how should I say it? It comes up! It definitely is something that comes up, and I think it's safe to say at the end of season one, we had a sense that there had been some romantic energy between the two of them, sometime in the past. I think it remains to be seen whether that's completely done, or whether it's yet to be finished. I don't know if that door is open a crack, or if it's gonna slam shut."
Donna and Rachel's (Meghan Markle) friendship started to develop towards the end of last season - does that continue?
"It does, which was so much fun for Meghan and I. There is a lot more of that. All the interactions and relationships that are happening between the characters are getting deeper, and I just think that's more exciting. It's fun to see two girls - two women, I should say - get along. And what's great too is that in season two, there is a flashback episode to five years prior, so we get to see the moment when Rachel and Donna meet, and how they kind of hit it off. You know they're gonna be friends."
Daniel Hardman (David Costabile) comes in to shake things up at the firm this season. How does that affect the dynamic?
"Oh yeah, he definitely affects it more than a little. It's a huge conflict within the firm, and the balance of power is definitely upset and it is not resolved quickly. It puts every single character in a, quote, 'awkward position'. It's rough on everybody. There's definitely fallout for every single character as a result of his arrival back on the scene."
What would you like to see for Donna in the future?
"Oh gosh, it's absolutely impossible to pick any character I'd like to spend more time with. It's just amazing working with all these actors. I've been asked that question before about what storyline I want, and my process with this show has always been kind of…delighted with what the writers bring to me.
"I don't think I could come up with anything better than they could, and I think when you see season two, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. They kind of blew my mind with a plot twist for Donna. I will just sit back and enjoy reading the scripts when they arrive!"
What do they do with the can opener?
[laughs] "What do they do with the can opener? I think it's going to be so much more fun to wonder what they do with the can opener! I think Harvey and Donna will never tell, you just might get to see a little bit more of it happening. The can opener returns, I can say that. The can opener will return."
Suits season two begins on Thursday, January 24 at 9pm on Dave.