Someone on the Mr. Robot Cast Plays Pokemon Go (Plus 5 Other Things We Learned at Comic-Con)
With throngs of masked fsociety members roaming the streets of Gaslamp Quarter, Mr. Robot had a huge presence at this year's San Diego International Comic-Con, but the series' debut panel was the unrivaled highlight.
Stars Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, and Grace Gummer, were joined by moderator Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead) to tease what's ahead for Elliot, fsociety, and the dubious dealings of Evil Corp. While everyone was keen to avoid hard answers and keep the audience guessing -- this is Mr. Robot, after all -- we picked up a few details on what's to come in the next chapter of Sam Esmail's mind-bending drama.
Angela is headed for a twist of her own
Doubleday says that there's a major arc ahead for Angela, and it's going to be a shocker. “I think that there’s something really dangerous to be said about her obsession with these affirmations,” she said, referring to the confidence-building affirmations we see her practicing at the start of the season. “What that’s stemming from is something quite explosive. She’s a troubling character, and we see that shift from season one to season two. She's very malleable."
"What ends up happening, I think no one will be able to predict,” Doubleday promised.
Dom isn't what she seems.
As with everything else in the world of Mr. Robot, there's a lot more to Gummer's FBI agent Dom DiPierro than meets the eye. “What you see at first is not what you’re going to get. Like everybody else, she’s a very complicated, layered weirdo,” Gummer explained. “She uses her work to cover up her own issues that she deals with. I see her as a bright light in a dark world. She’s trying to find the people who turned the lights out. She has an instinct about who did it and why they did it, and she’ll stop at nothing to find that out.”
Mr. Robot explores how individuals can change the world.
With Esmail sitting out the panel in order to edit the recently wrapped season, Malek offered some insight into the greater themes of the series. “Sam looks at situations in the world where a small group of people have gone up against things, where they’ve changed government or the way people live," Malek explained. "The big question he’s asking: How can we go outside of each and every one of ourselves that has a lasting effect that benefits all of us?”
Someone on the cast plays Pokemon GO, but it's probably not who you expect.
When an audience member inquired if any of the Mr. Robot stars played Pokemon GO, none other than Mr. Robot himself, Christian Slater, enthusiastically raised his hand to a round of cheers from the audience. But not everyone approved, and Chaiken kept things on brand by wagging her finger and asking, “From a Mr. Robot standpoint, do you guys know what access you’re handing over when you sign up for that thing?”
Elliot is still haunted by Shayla's death.
Last season, Elliot interfered in the life of his morphine supplier and sometimes paramour Shayla (Frankie Shaw), an act that directly led to her murder. Malek says that is a fact that "is going to haunt Elliot for a long time." The actor explained, "I don’t think it's settled in for him just what kind of effect that will have on him and the implications of that. I think there's a bit of denial with him that he might have caused that in a way, which he did. Her loss would not have happened had he not been in her life."
"One day down the line, it's going to fly fast in his face and probably break him because Elliot has a tendency of being broken, sadly." Malek thought for a second and added, "He always gets back up."
Sam Esmail is writing a Mr. Robot companion book.
While details are scarce at the moment, the panel concluded with a glimpse at some sneak peak footage and the news that the series creator, who's writing and directing every episode of season two, will pen a companion book to the series. The book arrives in stores this November and is available for pre-order now.