Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
Mr. Robot Season 2 has come to a close, leaving us with a couple of cliffhangers and many questions. Thankfully Mr. Robot showrunner Sam Esmail and some of the cast have answered some of your burning questions, or at very least, providing insight into the choices that were made in this finale. What is going to happen to Phase 2 of F Society’s plans? How does Tyrell play into the future of this story? What is going on with Angela? Is the FBI too close to stopping it all? What’s with that post-credits scene? And what might we expect from Mr. Robot season 3? Hit the jump as we attempt to sift through the
Hit the jump as we examine the interviews and try to answer all of your Mr. Robot Season 2 finale questions.
What Is Going On With Angela?
Season one of Mr. Robot was a huge cliffhanger. Elliot wakes up alone in Tyrell’s SUV three days after the f society hack succeeded with no memory of what happened. The episode ended with Elliot opening his apartment door and us not seeing the mysterious visitor (that question took much of season 2 to answer finally). And of course, the post-credits scene that revealed a meeting between Whiterose and E-Corp CEO Phillip Price.
Season two of Mr. Robot provides us with a bunch of questions. Angela picks up a phone call from Tyrell Wellick, apparently dispatched through the Dark Army. Has she been flipped? Is she working with or against Elliot? Does she have her own secret motivations?
“You can’t quite read what side she’s on, and it always keeps me on my toes in an interesting way,” Esmail explains. “This just doubles it down for us. Now she’s part of this group we never would have expected. She’s shifted once again. But is this an alliance with Elliot, or is it against Elliot, one of her oldest childhood friends? That’s something we’re going to play with in an interesting way next season.”
Actress Portia Doubleday admits that she’s not really sure of the plan for Season Three yet, but says “there is definitely something that transpired in the last episode—whatever Whiterose said to her.”
“There’s a switch that has flipped in her. Something has drastically changed.”
But why does Angela tell Tyrell he did the right thing in shooting Elliot? Doubleday says it’s a tricky question, but she thinks Angela “feels she has to control” Elliot but “at the same time, she loves him very much.” But does she want to be the first person he sees when he wakes up because of her love for him or her need to control him? Doubleday teases “I think you’re gonna have to tune into Season Three to know that.”
Esmail provides some clues as to where they will be taking this in Mr. Robot season three by namedropping not of his favorite Quentin Tarantino films, Jackie Brown:
Jackie Brown does it so well, where I’m watching the back half of that movie, and I don’t know which side Jackie Brown is playing. I think it’s really ingenious for Tarantino to keep us in the dark on that. It gives us suspense and activates us and engages us, because it makes us want to figure it out, as opposed to giving us the information ahead of time. With Angela, we’re going to continue to do that, walk that line: What are her true alliances, and what are her true motivations?
As for the bigger arc of the series, Esmail says that it concerns White Rose’s connection to the Washington Township plant:
“It is a thread that needs to be explored, but the big question is: What is going on in that plant? Why does she care so much about it? Also, what did she tell Angela to convince her of that? Obviously — and I’ll say this right now, on the record — those questions will be answered in due time. Not every episode can answer every question, but those are the big, overarching mysteries of the show. The White Rose and plant of it all is something that harkens back to the beginning of the series. I think it will always be looming throughout the series and as we go into the next season. “
Stage 2 Of F Society’s Plan
Esmail says that the concept of what Stage Two was actually brought up in the writer’s room during the first season.
“If the endgame of the first season was hacking Evil Corp, the endgame of the second season would be to take down their paper records,” Esmail told EW. “Once you take down their digital property, you would know that they would then try to rebuild the database and go to analog. That would be the executional plan for the season 2 arc.”
While Elliot wanted to change the world, he didn’t want to kill people in the process. If this is just the beginning of stage 2, who knows what season 3 might bring.
Why Tyrell Was AWOL Most Of Season 2
As for the decision to keep Tyrell Wellick out of the season, Esmail says that had a lot to do with Elliot. It was important to have Elliot reconcile his relationship with Mr. Robot, and it wasn’t something he could do in just a couple episodes, or it would feel “completely disingenuous.” And to accomplish this, Esmail says it “was all was predicated on Tyrell’s absence, because once he comes back in, it blows up the whole thing.”
“Whether Mr. Robot lied to Elliot or what he withheld from him, all of the sudden, the show becomes about that and the plot machinations of that and not about what Elliot’s emotionally going through in terms of this serious disorder that he’s discovered about himself,” Esmail told EW. “Tyrell’s absence was a byproduct of what we felt Elliot’s journey needed to be for the entire season. Once we Tyrell came in, it went back to those plot machinations, folding Elliot back into the overarching journey of the revolution.”
Expect Tyrell to be a larger part of the story in Mr. Robot Season 3, as Esmail has confirmed: “We’ll definitely see more of him in season three.”