Mr. Robot Season 2 Spoilers

Mr. Robot Boss on Lingering Darlene Mystery, Season 2's 'Emotional' Arc

What else has Elliot imagined?

There are other elements from Season 1 of the Golden Globe-winning series Mr. Robot – aside from Christian Slater’s character – that aren’t real, executive producer Sam Esmail revealed Thursday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.

Additionally, “there’s a reason why [Darlene is] not in the Times Square sequence” when Elliot has a vision of his family, the EP said.

Despite those potentially gasp-worthy revelations, not to mention the freshman season’s big bombshells, “I’m not interested in ‘gotcha!’ moments or trying to shock or surprise the audience,” Esmail insisted, adding that viewers are learning the twists along with Elliot. “As long as that [process] is organic, then it will feel real. It’s not my agenda to keep shocking you.”

As such, Season 2 of the USA Network drama — which returns this summer — will keep the action grounded in Elliot’s “emotional journey.”

“I really wanted to focus on that and make it less about the plot,” Esmail described. “For me, the headline for Season 2 is, ‘How do these two guys [Elliot and Mr. Robot] reconcile? How does Elliot reconcile with the fact that he’s been seeing a delusion, a fantasy?’

“That’s a tough pill to swallow, and we’re really going into the mind of a person who’s just become aware of that,” he continued. “Will twists organically derive out of that? If I were a betting man, I’d say yes.”

Meanwhile, Angela will struggle with being in the lion’s den and the question of whether she can use her new position to her advantage rather being corrupted by it.

Whatever happens to Elliot and his friends and family, both real and not, keeping the reveals under wraps will be a group effort if past experience is any indication. In order maintain the integrity of the Season 1 shocker that Christian Slater’s character isn’t really there, extras were instructed not to look at the actor during filming, no doubt eliciting suspicions.

However, “everybody did keep it [secret],” Slater applauded. “Nobody spilled the beans. They respected the audience and wanted them to have the full experience.”

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5 Comments
  1. A fan of TV says:

    Darlene – I just thought she wasn’t in the Times Square sequence because she wasn’t born yet, but I’m excited to find out the real reason. Really don’t want Angela to become corrupted by EvilCorp, and hope she aligns with Elliot and Darlene to ‘blow it up’ from the inside.

    I’m also really interested in finding out how the show keeps Slater’s character relevant now that we know he’s just Elliott’s dark side. Flashbacks sure, but it takes a lot away from Mr. Robot himself now that we know he’s not capable of moving the story forward without Elliot at all, and now that we know if he pushes Elliott onto some rocks, that’s just Elliott jumping/falling, or if he holds a gun to the head of one of his fellow hackers, that’s just Elliott having a mental break. Cant wait until it’s back!

  2. ScottJ says:

    Almost anything that happened in the show where Elliot was present could potentially be not real. Plus Esmail said “other elements” so there’s more than one thing. The body in the trunk could be one of them, but unfortunately that’s not likely. It would unravel too much back at Elliot’s apartment – although thinking back on it we haven’t seen much going on there since the trunk scene. Maybe it’s Shayla knocking on the door.

  3. Joey Padron says:

    Good scoop about season 2. Can’t wait to see it! Loved first season!

  4. Jake says:

    “In order (to) maintain the integrity of the Season 1 shocker that Christian Slater’s character isn’t really there, extras were instructed not to look at the actor during filming, no doubt eliciting suspicions.”
    Well, yeah — it was widely noticed by the end of episode 2.

  5. Bob White says:

    I liked how Mr Robot season 1 started, but it lost my interest around episode 6.