When do Donna and Harvey start dating in ‘Suits’? Here is all you need to know about the characters’ relationship in the famous courtroom drama.
Suits’ Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and Donna (Sarah Rafferty) had clear chemistry from the get-go, but it still took them 8 seasons to be together — why? Despite being a legal drama, Suits balanced out its storytelling by also tackling the personal lives of those who worked at Pearson, Hardman (and all its subsequent iterations).
Initially, the show’s primary focus was on their professional arcs, which offered a lot of drama due to various office in-fighting, not to mention Harvey and Mike’s struggles to keep their secret tightly under the lid.
As Suits progressed, however, its storytelling transcended the walls of the law firm, offering viewers more information about the characters. Four years after Suits wrapped up its original run, it found a second life on streaming after it became available on Netflix. It has become the most-watched acquired show by the streamer and is either being revisited by its old fans or discovered by new ones. Regardless, there’s an increased interest in the show, leading to questions about the way its narrative took shape.
How did Harvey and Donna’s romance start off?
One of the bigger questions about the show revolves around Harvey and Donna’s romance.
The pair routinely engaged in light flirting, while masking it as fun office banter. Suits could have easily partnered them up early on, but it waited for years before bringing them together. As a legal drama, Suits had to focus on the show’s premise, which was primarily about Harvey and Mike’s working relationship at Pearson, Hardman. Since Mike’s personal life was intrinsic to his professional arc, the show was able to seamlessly integrate that into its storytelling, which included his complicated love prospects.
At some point, he got together with Jenny, but Suits was also developing his arc with Rachel at the same time. Once they made it official, the legal drama leaned on their office romance, leaving very little space for another one. Even after Mike and Rachel left Suits, Harvey still had so much process. He had to grieve the loss of Mike, who opted to move to Seattle with his new bride. He was also busy figuring out how the firm can move forward amid a string of new challenges.
On the flip, Donna was starting to finally get out of his shadow as his long-time secretary. Harvey tried coping by starting an unethical relationship with his own therapist, Paula Agard, but even she could see right through him, which resulted in their breakup.
Why did Harvey and Donna not begin dating earlier?
Harvey and Donna’s potential as a couple may have been clear from the get-go, but Suits couldn’t simply jump on the opportunity.
Since Harvey was billed as New York’s best closer, Suits opted to maintain the illusion of a cool and laid-back lawyer, which made him totally unready for a serious relationship in its earlier years. Granted that he had a couple of more serious relationships, but he was always on the fence about making them long-term. Bringing Harvey and Donna together early on would have only resulted in them eventually breaking apart because Harvey simply wasn’t ready to be in a committed relationship.
So when did the pair finally get together?
In the USA legal drama’s season 8 finale, Donna and Harvey finally went there.
After barely surviving an ethics hearing (shout-out to Wendell Pierce’s Robert Zane for sacrificing his license to save our favorite closer), Harvey realized that Donna was the one he wanted to be with and dashed over to her apartment. When Donna opened the door, she saw Harvey standing there and could tell from the look on his face that something had changed. So without a word, she invited him in, and Harvey responded by running down the hall and kissing her. As the episode ended, the two made their way to her bedroom.
While this wasn’t the first time these two had kissed, it’s still momentous because this is the first time Harvey has seemed invested in giving this a try. In the past, Donna’s been alone in considering that there might be more going on here. In the series finale of the show, Louis and Sheila are to get married in front of all of their family and friends; however, when Sheila goes into labor, the pair has to call the wedding off.
Rather than letting a good wedding go to waste, Harvey decides to pop the question to Donna and asks her to marry him. Rather than making fans wonder if the pair follow through with the wedding, Donna and Harvey get married right then and there in a moment fitting for the end of the series.