It's been less than a month since USA Network's Mr. Robot made its return to New York City's Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), with Academy Award winner Rami Malek, Golden Globe Award winner Christian Slater, co-star Carly Chaikin, and series creator Sam Esmail in tow to look back on the series' run and offr up some new info on the upcoming final season (more on that below). Now it looks like things are starting to heat up, with the show's official Twitter account releasing the following holiday-themed poem and teaser image that gives fans a number of clues on what they can expect when the series returns some time later this year:
'Twas the winter of 2015, mere months after the hack,
And Evil Corp's stock prices were starting to bounce back.
The top 1% slept snug in their beds,
As dreams of corruption danced in their heads.
You see, brothers and sisters, they'd fallen on hard times,
Those corporate pigs finally paid the price of their crimes.
Now, they thought, the year was at a merciful end,
But they were wrong. So very wrong, friend.
Their error was simple. Their thoughts empty-hearted.
They forgot about us and the revolution we'd started.
They mistook our silence, for defeat or for fear,
Without ever realizing our wrath was still near.
So, while they slept with wallets bloated and swollen,
We prepared to take back everything that they'd stolen.
And this time, they won't survive our onslaught.
The ones playing God will perish and rot.
One last time, come fight for our revolution,
Make those in control suffer swift retribution.
Then, brothers and sisters, we'll sing till we ache:
'We are fsociety, and we are finally awake!'"
But it doesn't stop there, folks! This being Mr. Robot, you're directed to a main site for the upcoming season that is layered with layers of layers of content, teases, and hidden gems. Here are just a few of the images from the experience, and you can check it out here:
Over the course of Tribeca Talks: A Farewell to Mr. Robot, the group looked back on three seasons of the ground-breaking, influential series as well as a look ahead at what fans can expect from the series fourth and final season.
● While still sticking with the "later this year" response when asked when the season would premiere, Esmail broke some news by unveiling the season's format: "Christmas special," likening it to how the original U.K. version of The Office went with a "Christmas special" to officially end the series – except this "Christmas special" will be season-long and take place over a one-week time period during Christmas 2015 (which explains some of the filming sights reported on, as you'll see below.
● Esmail said that he knew how the series was going to end all along – and that ending is still very much in play.
● As for the overall vibe to the final season, Chaikin noted how the season will tie up some loose ends and that she liked the direction the characters were going.
● Malek credited the series for getting his career to the level it's risen to, and that the series will come to a "phenomenal end."
"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 4 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."
– Sam Esmail
Thanks to some excellent community reporting from East Village blogger EV Grieve, we knew that filming on the fourth season took place starting in March 2019. First reporting showed a Christmas 2015 set being constructed; while recent reporting showed production crews creating a fake F train subway stop.
Mr. Robot follows Elliot Alderson (Malek), a cyber-security engineer who, along with Mr. Robot (Slater) and fsociety, starts a revolution to change the world. The upcoming fourth and final season picks up where the third season finale left off, delving into the pros and cons of Elliot hitting "send" on the email that could reverse 5/9.
Joining Malek, Slater, and Chaikin are Portia Doubleday, Martin Wallström, Grace Gummer, Michael Cristofer, and BD Wong. Mr. Robot stems from writer, director and executive producer Esmail, as well as Anonymous Content executive producers Steve Golin and Chad Hamilton.