BY ANTHONY D'ALESSANDRO
USA Network’s Mr. Robot is coming back this summer, though no definite date has been locked yet. Production commences in March in New York City for the cast, and at this morning’s TCA panel, creator Sam Esmail said that in regards to writing “we are not yet, but we’re getting there.”
“If there’s a headline for Season 2, it’s how Elliot reconciles with the fact that he’s seeing this fantasy; that’s the struggle that will take over in Season 2,” said Esmail. “In Season 2 there will be a lot more backstory shown.”
In the final scene of the Season 1 finale, super enigmatic hacker Whiterose (BD Wong) talks with E Corp about the evil corporation’s involvement in the Congo with the Coltan mines. “I don’t put anything in the show arbitrarily. It’s not going to dominate the second season, but that topic will be addressed,” said Esmail today.
Added Esmail about Wong’s Whiterose: “He was so amazing in the first season, I would be stupid not to use him more this season. But I have to use him sparingly.”
Esmail also dropped another hint: There’s a reason why Elliot’s sister Darlene (Carly Chaikin) wasn’t in the Times Square sequence in the final episode when the tormented young man encounters his parents in a blur.
As has been discussed before in various panels throughout the fall and winter, as Elliot’s best friend Angela (Portia Doubleday) has segued to E Corp., Season 2 will explore whether or not she will give into and become a part of their nefarious plots.
On Sunday, Mr. Robot won Golden Globes best TV series drama and best supporting TV performance for Christian Slater. The show also received a SAG lead actor nom for series star Rami Malek. Said Slater about one of the high points on Sunday, “Harrison Ford smooched the heck out of my face and tried walking off with the thing (the trophy).”