USA Network has pushed back the Season 1 finale of its acclaimed drama Mr. Robot, due to the tragic events that took place early Wednesday morning in Virginia.
The already renewed Mr. Robot was to wrap its run tonight at 10/9c; instead, the finale will air next Wednesday, Sept. 2.
In a statement, USA Network explained: “The previously filmed season finale of Mr. Robot contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today’s tragic events in Virginia. Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing tonight’s episode. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this difficult time.”
Interestingly, the Mr. Robot finale had previously been edited to be hyper-topical, with the addition of a reference to the very recent Ashley Madison website hack.
Around 6:45 am Wednesday, reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, of the CBS affiliate WDBJ-7 were reporting from Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Va., when a former colleague approached and fired about a half-dozen gunshots, hitting Parker, Ward and their interview subject.
Parker and Ward were declared dead not long thereafter, while the third victim is now recovering from surgery, in stable condition. The suspected gunman, Vester Lee Flanagan aka Bryce Williams, shot himself upon being chased down by police on Interstate 66 and later died at the hospital.