Elliot Alderson F’d Society, but can he undo the mess he made?
Mr. Robot Season 3 returns next week on October 11th to USA Network, and it has been one of our most anticipated returns this year! The show keeps us guessing at every turn. Just when we feel a little comfortable something happens to challenge that, and there are so many layers of deception that an episode can easily require multiple rewatches to get your head around it.
Now, friend, the maddening fun is back. When we last left Elliot (Rami Malek), Tyrell (Martin Wallstrom) and Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) were arguing in a warehouse over Stage 2 of the revolution – which involved blowing up a building and undoubtedly killing innocent people. This was too far for Elliot, who ended up getting shot by Tyrell, as he tried to stop them. A real shot, not an imaginary one like in the beginning of the season. As he fades out Mr Robot says: “We couldn’t let anyone stop us… including us.”
That wasn’t even all the mayhem the season two finale left us with. Angela (Portia Doubleday) gets grabbed and is taken to meet Whiterose (BD Wong), head of the Dark Army, supposedly for the first time. Elsewhere at a random diner in Manhattan, Darlene (Carly Chaikin) got shot up, and her boyfriend died in the process – just when we were starting to like him! Grabbed by the FBI, she learned from Dom (Grace Gummer) that they know more than anybody ever anticipated.
Back in Angela’s apartment, we learn that Elliot survived because Tyrell called Angela sobbing, while she comforts him saying he did what needed to be done, and that she should be there when Elliot wakes up. This blew our minds! Just how involved has Angela been from the start with F Society?! Hopefully, we get some clarity on that going forward. Mr. Robot is finally back on our screens soon. Here’s what we can’t wait to see.
Mr. Robot won’t go down easily
Mr. Robot is done playing games and is tired of Elliot’s shit. After seeing their relationship begin to crumble in season 2 – from Elliot flat out trying to ignore him, to Mr. Robot continuing to block parts of Elliot’s memory, to telling Tyrell to do whatever needed to be done which ultimately led to Elliot being shot – we know it’s only going to get worse. Elliot appears steadfast in his decisions to try a) try to get past Mr. Robot and b) stop Stage 2 from happening. Both of these factors are going to enrage Mr. Robot more than we have ever seen. As he seeks to get a foothold again and take control of not only Elliot, but of everything else going on, things are bound to get chaotic in a whole new way. And it’s going to make for amazing television.
“The theme for season 3 of Mr. Robot is disintegration. Elliot and Mr. Robot’s relationship in season 3 is a battle of control. It’s essentially deterioration of their relationship. Elliot and Mr. Robot part ways in a way that we haven’t seen before.” – Sam Esmail
Just how involved is Angela Moss?
As we wrote, Angela blew our minds with that phone call with Tyrell. She always seemed like she knew more than she was letting on, but due to the nature of the show, it’s hard to know what’s real and what isn’t. Has she been with F Society from nearly the beginning, brought in by Darlene or Elliot? With the two of them MIA, will Angela step up to plan more hacks and destruction with Whiterose and the Dark Army? She can come off as cold and calculating when she needs to, which makes her perfect for this world she has apparently been in from the start. We need more information though! We would love to see a flashback episode showing how she became so involved with F Society. Up until now, it really seemed like she was just trying to get by and kept getting pulled back into the mayhem against her will. Maybe it’s what she wanted all along, and she played us as well.
“But for the third season — and I think this is what Sam does so well — I don’t think any of the characters will be predictable. Angela has certain weaknesses with certain people. And that was shown this season. Sam said to me, remember who you are with Darlene and Elliot. Because that’s different than who are you with Price and who you are in that world. There’s something about you that brings you back to a certain authenticity. In the third season, I really don’t know about where she’s going with the Dark Army. I don’t think you can predict what she’s going to do.” – Portia Doubleday
Darlene Alderson is at her breaking point
Season 2 ended with Darlene hitting rock bottom. Her boyfriend is dead, some of her friends are dead or on the run from the FBI, and she is in the FBI’s custody. To add insult to injury, it turns out F Society wasn’t so great at covering their tracks after all because the FBI knows everything about them. Who knows where her brother is, and if he cares about what is happening to her. Darlene is alone and now has to face what they have done. Everything that made her such a strong and kickass character has come back to bite her in the ass, and, unfortunately, we’re gonna see her face the music in season 3. It will be interesting to see her work through this period and to see where her loyalties truly lie now that she is backed into a corner. Will she betray Elliot and her friends, or will she go down fighting?
“This year we come back to the reality of things. Which is: we destroyed the world, and if we don’t do anything about it then we’re monsters, too.” – Carly Chaikin
BD Wong and Bobby Cannavale are now series regulars
Whiterose has been one of the most interesting characters on Mr. Robot, which for this show is a pretty damn impressive accomplishment. She comes and goes, is obsessed with time, and we’re never sure how we will see her next. Whiterose is the leader of the Dark Army, but she is also the Chinese Minister of State Security in her public life as Minister Zheng. We are psyched that BD Wong, who portrays her, has been promoted to a series regular this year because we cannot get enough of Whiterose when she’s on screen.
Additionally, we have Bobby Cannavale stepping into the mix as a new character we have never met (or have we!?), called Irving. He’s described as a “laconic, no-nonsense used car salesman,” but based on the main season three trailer, there is so much more going on with Irving than used cars. Could he be involved with the Dark Army? We’re excited to find out.
“Getting the opportunity to work with Bobby Cannavale this third season has only upped our game. We wanted to bring in a very powerful actor, someone who has gravitas, and also bring levity to the show. We have a very dark show at times, and the moments of levity that Bobby brings has such a strong impact because they strike such a strong balance with how emotional and how chaotic and turbulent this show can be.” – Rami Malek
Sam Esmail directed every episode of Mr. Robot Season 3
Just as he did for the previous season, Sam Esmail is back behind the camera directing every episode of season 3. We were thrilled to learn he directed all the forthcoming episodes. Mr. Robot is his creation, and he also writes the majority of the episodes. We have Esmail to thank for all the nail-biting moments of entertainment, that mirrors real-life exceptionally well at times, that he provides. He holds all the answers to the hundreds of questions that not only we have, but that the actors have as well. Additionally, he has a unique way of framing shots that aid the story, when most would say that not following the rule of thirds would detract from it. For example, his opening sequences and title card scenes, in particular, are always a joy to watch. The way he films can further manipulate our reality at times, but that’s what we signed up for when we started watching.
“Sam directing every episode is an absolute godsend. It’s crazy telling a story like this when we don’t know half of what’s going on, so just having somebody there, he’s just the dictionary. Because he has all the answers, and we’re all sitting here in the dark. One of the most important things in a director is having someone that you trust. He really helps us create these multi-dimensional characters. This is definitely a journey that would be impossible to go on without him.” – Carly Chaikin
We’re not sure what is real, or who we can trust (can we trust ourselves while watching this show?) but we are in it for the long haul and want to see this through
We know Elliot wants to stop all the spinning parts he set in motion with the Five-Nine hack, and we know as people with souls we should want him to stop everything. But we don’t. We want to see him try, and struggle, and fail. We want to see the mayhem of going all the way, the way Mr. Robot and Tyrell want to, and see what it does to not only Elliot, but to all our favorites at F Society and the Dark Army. Something big must be going on to have Whiterose become a series regular, and we truly cannot fathom what it may be.
Episode after episode, Rami Malek gives a stellar performance. In truth, the entire cast does, but we think it’s the fact that we know we can not trust Malek’s Elliot, but we are still so drawn to. We root for him. We want him to succeed just as much as we want him to fail. We root for Mr. Robot, too, in that regard. They’re going to be moving farther apart than we have ever seen them, we bet. And there’s no telling where that will bring us. We also have to give it up for Sam Esmail, the creator, writer, and director of this trip. With him at the helm for the entire season, we’re truly going to need to buckle up – this will be a hell of a roller coaster ride.