BY JOSH WIGLER
The Rami Malek-starring drama unveils the first full teaser for its anticipated third season.
[Warning: The following story contains spoilers for the first two seasons of USA Network's Mr. Robot.]
It's official: The hackers of fsociety will make their next move on Oct. 11.
The season-three premiere date for Mr. Robot was announced today after a daylong social media campaign, in which fans were tasked with tracking down the trailer for the next year of creator Sam Esmail's computer-hacker thriller. As is the show's wont, the minutelong teaser features skin-crawling imagery of chaos and disorder on the streets, all scored with a haunting rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Democracy."
While the series often shrouds itself in secrecy (see: Elliot's second personality revealed in season one and the illusion of his prison experience in season two), the marriage between scene and lyric in the teaser is shockingly open. "It's coming from the sorrow in the street," Cohen's lyrics tell us as we see an unhinged Darlene (Carly Chaikin) walking through the streets of New York. "The holy places where the races meet," the song continues, as Elliot (Rami Malek) strides through a subway station toward the train bound for Coney Island, the place where fsociety hangs its proverbial top hat.
On and on the commonalities between song and scene go as Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallstrom) chugs a bottle of alcohol to embody his "spiritual thirst," as protestors who are "neither left nor right" scuffle with law-enforcement officials and as tears pour down a surprisingly "sentimental" Darlene's face. The trailer also offers yet another look at Irving, the new character played by Bobby Cannavale, who has been described as a laconic used-car salesman — but here, he's flanked by people wearing Dark Army masks, hinting at his grander role in this deadly narrative.