Suits fans got a glimpse of Season 7 at the ATX Television Festival today – but no sign of Gina Torres’ character Jessica Pearson in a short teaser reel. No worries though: “I wedged that door open on the way out,” Torres promised. “I’ve got a Louboutin in that door at all times.”

Torres’ return — albeit occasional — will be welcomed by fans and castmates. Her Season 6 departure “left a big hole” in the show, star Patrick J. Adams said.

It was revealed in March that Torres, who plays the powerhouse lawyer at firm Pearson Specter Litt, is getting her own spin-off.

“Jessica was such a huge part in the daily running of the firm,” Adams said. His character, newly minted lawyer Michael Ross, will be fighting for his conscience in a corporate firm next season, he said.

“That’s the fix he got at the beginning, I actually changed this woman’s life and did something great for her,” Adams said of Ross’ moral compass. “It sets the pace for this character, where he’s still changing peoples lives, but he still has to balance that with working in a law firm.”

For Meghan Markle’s character Rachel Zane, there will finally be a promotion, as she begins work as a fully paid-up lawyer. “I’m so happy that, especially reading the pilot again, you can just see where she started,” she said. “To watch that progression, she’s worked so hard. I love that as a role model, how she’s been crafted to balance it all.”

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The cast was doing a table read at the festival of the pilot to celebrate the 100th episode, an achievement Rick Hoffman said was like “winning not one lottery ticket but three: It takes one lottery ticket to get a pilot, and another one to not only have a show that gets picked up but has legs, and (another) to have 100 episodes…”

Torres’ spin-off project will be headed by Suits creator/ EP Korsh and comes from an idea Torres brought to UCP, which is run by Jeff Wachtel.

Suits Season 7 debuts on USA July 12.