Mr. Robot boss Sam Esmail reveals season two has elements of Apple and the FBI's encryption debate

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USA Network


Season one of Mr. Robot ended with the world's economic system in collapse, and in the second season, we can fully expect to see the fallout from the FSociety hack that caused it.

"Elliot committed a crime and we're going to see the ramifications of that this season," creator Sam Esmail revealed during a talk at the South by Southwest festival, via EW, on Sunday (March 13).

"That's why you see that introduction of law enforcement, which you deliberately didn't see the first season."

Chief among the plans for this season include storylines on privacy and encryption, coincidentally echoing the ongoing court battle between Apple and the FBI after boss Tim Cook refused to cooperate with an FBI order demanding Apple to help it unlock an iPhone belonging to suspected San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook.

USA Network

USA Network

"What's weird is - and I'm not trying to say I'm a fortune teller - we were going into [season 2] talking thematically a lot about privacy, and this whole thing with Apple and Tim Cook happened," Esmail said. 

"I think it's a really important issue, and I'm not sure people really understand the nuances about it. It's an interesting public discourse it brings up the right to privacy: Do we have it or not."

He later clarified that the show doesn't intend to criticise the debate, but rather "bring it up and have a conversation".

"We talked to our FBI consultants about this, and their view is that encryption should allow for this sort of third-party side-door thing," he said, before adding: "I'm on Tim Cook's side."

Mr. Robot stars Rami Malek and Christian Slater, with Michael Cristofer and Stephanie Corneliussen promoted to series regulars and Craig Robinson joining the cast for season two.

Season two is expected to air this summer on the USA Network. Amazon Prime airs the show in the UK.