There’s less than a week before “Mr. Robot” returns with new episodes to USA and if you thought for one second that things would be getting easier for Elliott and the fsociety crew, you’ve got another thing coming. After USA stunned the TV world with its surprise breakout hit last summer, the network has put all its chips into creator Sam Esmail’s corner with high expectations for Season 2.
These expectations are so high, in fact, that USA agreed to not only let Esmail write all 12 episodes this season, but direct them all as well. That’s on the same level as say Noah Hawley with FX’s “Fargo,” Michael Hirst with “Vikings” or even David Milch with “Deadwood.”
Of course, that type of responsibility can breed its own levels of anxiety and stress. Yet with the show bringing home that surprise Emmy in 2015, fans can’t help but get giddy at the notion of what this level of series ownership can do for the story moving forward.
Well … it looks like the show’s tone will definitely be getting “darker,” if that’s even possible. Esmail sat down with RollingStone to talk about what’s to come with the new season and it sounds like he’s using his own mental anguish as a tool of inspiration. “We’ve pulled the trigger, and the bomb has gone off,” Esmail says. “The reactions and consequences will go all over the place.”
Having consequences in place for the catastrophic actions made by Elliott (Rami Malek) and Darlene (Carly Chaikin) — let’s not forget the murderous Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallstrom) — make things very intriguing. Of course there’s going to be fallout from the Evil Corp takedown Season 1 ended on, but speculating on the reach of that event makes the mind boggle a bit.
“What this show does that’s so cool is that we create this whole financial meltdown and revolutionize society, but we also deal with the fallout,” Malek says. “It’s not like one of these superhero movies where an entire patch of New York gets blown up and no one has to clean up the rubble. Sam is asking, ‘Who’s going to clean up the rubble?’ “
It’s reminiscent of the Brexit in a way, as we truly don’t know how big the fallout there will be or who will clean up said rubble. With “Mr. Robot’s” Ashley Madison storyline from Season 1, one has to wonder how close the new season’s plot will mirror real life. Oh, and what about Donald Trump? His influence will be felt somewhere in the dastardly world of corporate greed, right? If Anonymous can focus on him in real life, what would fsociety do?
Regardless of the territory the show will cover in the new season, one thing is for certain: Sam Esmail is putting every fiber of his being into the show. “I don’t know when I’m going to crack,” Esmail jokes. “It’s looming.”
“Mr. Robot” Season 2 premieres Wednesday, July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA.