Five/Nine was the beginning. It's time we change the world.
— Mr. Robot (@whoismrrobot) May 25, 2016
The USA drama Mr. Robot, created by Sam Esmail, garnered serious attention and admiration as soon as it burst onto the scene last summer. It even won a Golden Globe this year for Best TV Series Drama, beating out the likes of Game of Thrones and Narcos for the high honor. However, given how the first season of the show concluded, fans have been left wondering what direction things will go in season 2, so USA has dropped several teasers and trailers recently, offering details about what lies ahead for Elliot Anderson (Rami Malek) and Co.
Rather than present more questions than answers, though, the latest teaser sheds more light onto what the fallout from the EvilCorp hack will look like in season 2.
It is clear from the teaser that the Five/Nine hack sets the tone for the season 2, with Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallström) at the center of the commotion. Wellick, according to the fake news report, is not only being held responsible for the major hack, but also for being the mastermind behind fsociety and a person of interest in the murder of Sharon Knowles. It’s also revealed that the global economy is reeling from the hack, along with even more civil unrest that world leaders are struggling to deal with.
With it already revealed that season 2 will focus on encryption and privacy issues, this latest trailer builds off that theme, tapping into the anxiety surrounding such issues today and turning Wellick into the poster boy for those concerns and their consequences. It should have been expected that the world in which Mr. Robot takes place would spiral further and further out of control after what transpired in the season 1 finale. This puts the series in a unique place as, along with encryption and privacy issues, it should be interesting to see where these accusations take Wedlock’s character, and, certainly, what impact Wellick's newly acquired infamy will have on his ambitious wife Joanna (Stephanie Corneliussen), not to mention her plans for their family.
Wellick was a major mystery left unsolved at the end of season 1, so to see him be the focus of a teaser like this is definitely intriguing. Despite the questions surrounding Tyrell's disappearance, though, perhaps the biggest mystery is still: What’s in store for Elliot in season 2 and is he really on the verge of leading a worldwide revolution? At any rate, fans won't have wait long to find out.
Mr. Robot returns July 13, 2016 on USA Network.
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