USA's hit series Mr. Robot is coming to an end with the upcoming fourth season. The 12 episode final season is expected to begin filming late this year for a 2019 premiere date, which has not been announced yet. Season 4 was originally only going to have 8 episodes and creator Sam Esmail was thinking about making a fifth season. Instead, episodes were added to the fourth season and the decision was made to end the show. Esmail states that he never intended for Mr. Robot to go on for as long as it has.
Sam Esmail first came up with the idea for Mr. Robot as a feature-length movie. It was only when he really started to write the story that he discovered that it would be better suited for a television series. Esmail's original first story was told in the first season of the hit USA series. In a statement, Esmail thanked the fans for their support. He had this to say.
"When I first created the world of Mr. Robot, I thought it would be a niche television series with a small, cult following. Over the past three years, it has become so much more, and I am continually humbled by the show's recognition and by the amazing cast and crew that work tirelessly to help bring my vision to life. Since day one, I've been building toward one conclusion - and in breaking the next season of Mr. Robot, I have decided that conclusion is finally here. Everyone on the creative team, including the amazing people at USA and UCP, didn't want to say goodbye, but we ultimately have too much respect for Elliot's journey to extend past its inevitable ending. Therefore, season four will serve as the final chapter of the Mr. Robot story. To fans of the show: thank you for the past three years, and I can't wait to share this exciting final season with you."
The end of Mr. Robot shouldn't really come as a shock for fans of the series. At the conclusion of Season 3, Sam Esmail revealed that he had the end in sight, noting that he couldn't see the show continuing past five seasons. At that time, Esmail was toying with making two more short seasons, possibly only 5 episodes each to end the story. Esmail also said that he never wanted to feel like they were "treading water" in the writer's room, so the show will end with Season 4.
While Mr. Robot isn't a ratings juggernaut, it is praised by critics and its hardcore fan base. Stars Rami Malek and Christian Slater have won awards for their work on the show, which has further gone to raise the profile of the hit series. Fans may be disappointed to learn that Mr. Robot is ending, but Sam Esmail is excited to finally deliver the end of the show, which will more than likely end up with a bunch of new award nominations when the time comes.
Mr. Robot first premiered on the USA network in June of 2015, with the second season making its debut in July of the following year. Season 3 wrapped in December of last year, which means that the final season will be delivered over a year after the third season wrapped. Hopefully the final season of Mr. Robot will give fans the closure that Sam Esmail has been promising all of this time. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce the end of Mr. Robot.