For its first two seasons, USA Network has debuted the hit drama series Mr. Robot during the summer months, although, for Mr. Robot Season 3, which was renewed last August, the network is bringing the show into the fall months, debuting this October. To tide fans over for this fall, USA Network has released the first photo of Rami Malek's iconic character Elliot, who, much to the fans' delight, is actually alive and well, despite being left in a dangerous spot during the Season 2 finale. We also have new details about the season from series creator Sam Esmail, but if you haven't gotten caught up on this hit drama series yet, there will be SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
When the Mr. Robot Season 2 finale came to a close, Elliot had been tricked by the title character (Christian Slater) and the long-missing E Corp executive Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallstrom), who shot Elliot and left him for dead. In this new photo from Entertainment Weekly, we can see that Elliot did in fact survive, although series creator Sam Esmail revealed that he never meant to have Elliot's health in any sort of serious danger. Here's what he had to say about the Mr. Robot season finale below.
"I never intended to have the question of his condition be lingering between seasons 2 and 3. We respect the audience too much to leave that as a cliffhanger."
The first look photo features Elliot and his trademark hoodie (with the hood left down, for a change) watching over a group of hackers, with the infamous mask worn by numerous characters during the now-infamous 5/9 hack, shown hanging from a monitor. None of these characters are immediately identifiable, but it certainly seems like a large group of hackers, although their motives aren't entirely clear at this point. Sam Esmail reveals that this 10-episode season finds Elliot taking his next steps after learning about Phase 2 of this grand plan that has been set in motion by Mr. Robot.
"Season 3 is about Elliot trying to bounce back and fight against the people who have been using him. Elliot isn't going to take this lying down. It's a safe bet he'll be sitting in front of a computer, though."
Sam Esmail also added that the main theme of his season is "disintegration," while adding that Tyrell Wellick will be back in a big way. The whereabouts of Wellick was a constant thread throughout the second season, with Elliot trying to get Mr. Robot to tell him what happened to Wellick. We also saw that season that he never came into contact with his wife Joanna Wellick (Stephanie Corneliussen), with most fans presuming he was dead, only for Wellick to come out of hiding in the finale. Sam Esmail hinted that this season will also shed some light on what he was doing while in hiding throughout Season 2.
"With Tyrell, we really don't know much about his whereabouts or what happened to him. There's a lot of that circular storytelling that we really delve into with his character this season."
The series won't have a panel at this week's San Diego Comic-Con, although it's likely that the show will have a presence at New York Comic-Con, which typically takes place in October, and could lead in to the season premiere. New characters coming aboard for Mr. Robot Season 3 include new series regular Bobby Cannavale, who plays Irving, a laconic, no-nonsense used car salesman. Recurring guest star BD Wong has also been upped to series regular for his role as Whiterose, the leader of the Dark Army, a Chinese-based hacking organization. Rizwan Manji has also landed a recurring role on Mr Robot Season 3, playing Norm, Norm, Dominique DiPierro's (Grace Gummer) new partner who helps her investigate the 5/9 hack. Take a look at this new photo of Rami Malek's Elliot from Mr. Robot Season 3.