6 Revelations We Learned About Mr. Robot This Week
At the winter press tour of the Television Critics Association this week, Mr. Robot made its presence known when it hacked the lobby of Pasadena’s Langham Hotel with a swarm of black-hoodie-wearing, plastic-fsociety-masked lurkers. On the heels of Sunday night’s big wins at the Golden Globes, cast members Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin, and Portia Doubleday, along with the show’s creator, Sam Esmail, took to the stage in the hotel ballroom Thursday and fielded questions from hundreds of members of the press. Here’s what we learned!
[Warning: Contains Season One spoilers.]
Almost All the Scripts Are Written for Season Two
Esmail shared that, while not all the writing for the season was finished yet, it was “getting there.” And unlike last year, season two will have Esmail in the director's chair for all 10 episodes. He’s already on set every day anyway, and he has a distinct vision for the series, so it makes perfect sense. Production kicks off in New York City in March.
The New Season Will Have More Backstory
“If there’s a headline for season two,” Esmail explained, “it’s how Elliot reconciles with the fact that he’s seeing this fantasy; that’s the struggle that will take over in season two… there will be a lot more backstory shown.” Malek brilliantly plays Elliot and so we’ll be happy to see more of his emotional journey as the series fills in some of the blanks -- including, hopefully, why Darlene wasn’t in that Times Square photo.
Expect More BD Wong as Whiterose
In the season one finale, we see Whiterose addressing E Corp’s involvement in coltan mining in the Congo -- and you can be sure that wasn’t added to the script arbitrarily. So, while that plot point won’t dominate season two, it does mean we’ll see more of BD Wong. “He was so amazing in the first season, I would be stupid not to use him more this season,” Esmail told reporters. “But I have to use him sparingly.”
Angela’s Struggle Will Be a Prominent Theme
“We're really talking about a person of the Occupy Wall Street versus the Wall Street mentality and seeing it through the eyes of two young women,” Esmail said about Angela and Darlene’s characters in season two. Regarding Angela, it sounds as though her involvement with Evil Corp will cause a major internal struggle. "I don’t think that she's crossed over,” Doubleday said. “I think she might be a little bit over her head, but it will be interesting to see if she can keep her head above water."
A Soundtrack Is Coming
“[Composer] Mac Quayle just does an amazing job on every episode,” Esmail told the press, explaining that the show’s music is “not the layer at the bottom of the track.” According to Esmail, fans can expect a two-CD soundtrack this year, but it won’t have everything. “I wish we could put every track on there,” he said.
Christian Slater’s Computer Password is ‘goldenglobe’
Okay, not really. But the actor did say that the show has taught him the importance of personal online security. “My new password is ‘goldenglobe,’” Slater joked. He also said that the night he scored a win for Best Supporting Actor, he saw Harrison Ford, who “smooched the heck out of” his face. “I was like, ‘The night’s not gonna get much better than that, so I can go home now.’”