BY DUSTY STOWE
Mr. Robot‘s upcoming third season is shaping up to be as dark and uncompromising as ever, as a new trailer and character posters delve into the fallout from the second season’s shocking, explosive ending.
Season 2 of Mr. Robot ended with Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) and his world unraveling, as he realized his alter ego, Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) had conspired with his former E Corp adversary Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallstrom) and the ominous organization the Dark Army to destabilize the world economy. Shot by Wellick, Elliot reached his lowest point, betrayed by his own mind.
A new trailer — along with some striking character posters — suggests things are only going to get worse for Elliot. While he’s clearly survived his gunshot wound, the Dark Army is closing in on his allies, including his hacker sister Darlene (Carly Chaikin) and his childhood friend and current E Corp employee, Angela Moss (Portia Doubleday), as the world at large appears to be plunging into the anarchy that Mr. Robot has long desired. Check out the glitchy character posters below.
The USA Network’s critical darling, Mr. Robot is looking to rebound after something of a sophomore slump. Following a sensational first season that saw Rami Malek earn an Emmy for his performance as the deeply damaged Elliot, the second season was widely perceived to be a drop off from the stunning debut year. The show did itself no favors in doubling down on its meta mystery narrative, revealing halfway through season 2 that the previous episodes’ events were largely filtered through Elliot’s brain, and that he was actually in prison following the events of the first season finale. Most viewers saw this twist coming, and it lacked both the originality and shock value of the first season’s revelation that Elliot and Mr. Robot were the same person.
Even with the second season growing pains, Mr. Robot is one of the most innovative shows on television. Series creator Sam Esmail will once again direct every episode of season 3, and his distinctive style has made the show endlessly watchable in even its lesser moments. It’s a show that trades in anxiety and tension through unusual framing and some truly unsettling sound design. The new trailer and images suggest it will continue its cold, queasy examination of a world alienated and desensitized by the internet age and the constantly tightening grip of ominous corporate monsters, themes that are all the more resonant in 2017 America.
Mr. Robot season 3 premieres October 11, 2017 on USA.
Key Art Courtesy of USA Network