BY SUNDI ROSE-HOLT
No one can accuse Mr. Robot of dragging out a storyline for too long. If you blink, you’ll miss some major plot developments—most recently, the plot points concerning whom Mr. Robot actually is. This week, Mr. Robot is a figment of Elliot’s imagination or (maybe more precisely ) a function of his mental disease.
Next week is the season finale, and I have it on good authority that it’s going to be pretty badass. In fact, I’ve been advised that it’s in fans’ best interest to watch every single second of next week’s finale … and you should definitely stick around until the credits have rolled. Hint, hint.
This made me think about what I need from the finale, and I’ve come up with a few questions it needs to answer to leave fans whole and feeling okay about parting ways for now.
What’s Elliot’s official diagnosis?
In order for audiences to contextualize this entire season through the lens of Elliot’s hallucination, we need a diagnosis, and we need to know how and when it started. We already know that Elliot has been court-ordered to attend therapy sessions, but we don’t know why or how that came to be. Where’s Christa when we really need her?
Elliot has invented someone whom he speaks to in his head, he’s manifested his dead father, and now he’s starting to get more and more agitated and overwrought. We saw more emotional reactions from Elliot in tonight’s episode than we’ve seen all season.
I need to know what’s up.
Did Elliot try to commit suicide?
What really happened when Elliot and Mr. Robot were sitting on the pier? We saw his dad push him, but he told Christa, Shayla, and the police that he was mugged.
Now that we know Mr. Robot isn’t really there, is it possible that Elliot did it to himself on purpose?
How did Tyrell see Mr. Robot in the car?
Tyrell kept his side of the conversation oblique enough that it could be applied to Elliot as well, but how does it work if Mr. Robot is only a part of Elliot’s mind? That scene is one of the few (or maybe the only one) in which we’ve seen Mr. Robot without Elliot in sight.
I need answers about what Tyrell was actually seeing in the back of that limo.
Are Shayla and Vera real people? Did any of that really happen?
Shayla’s death was traumatic for Elliot for about five minutes, and the writers didn’t devote much time to it after the fact. It makes me wonder: How much of that was real, and how much of it did Elliot concoct out of paranoia and disillusionment? What about a funeral? Or Shayla’s family? And Vera just waltzed out of prison, never to be heard from again?
These loose ends need some definite resolution.
What’s Joanna’s deal?
At first I thought she was just an eccentric accessory to Tyrell’s weirdness, but she’s transformed into her own special brand of strange. Tonight’s episode told the story of the baby she gave up for adoption, and I started to find her sympathetic.
And then she turned on Tyrell, bared her teeth, and essentially declared their marriage over. She has some sort of power over Tyrell, and I want to know more about her.
I’m okay with USA giving her a spinoff. She’s that interesting.
Why do I need to care about Gideon?
I like Gideon—I really do—but his “company man” shtick is pulling attention away from some of the more interesting and higher-stakes storylines. If his only purpose is to facilitate the honeypot stuff, then he’s done his job. I don’t need to see him eat breakfast with his spouse. That is precious time that could have been spent exploring Elliot’s current state of mind, or Joanna’s backstory.
There are a lot of questions and mysteries the finale must answer, and the suspense is killing me. What questions do you have for the finale?
Mr. Robot airs Wednesdays at 10/9C on USA.