Last summer, Mr. Robot was a sneaky hit for USA, winning over audiences and critics with its sharp writing, mesmerizing performances, and cinematic atmosphere (not to mention a huge central twist). Since then, USA has been desperate to double down on that success, holding on tightly to any hints or spoilers about what we might get to see from Sam Esmail’s series in its second season. And who can blame them?
Today, however, we’ve gotten a few more tidbits. Firstly, the second season will get an expanded episode order from 10 to 12, with creator Esmail directing all 12 (he was originally set to direct the full second season, so this makes sense). One wonders if Esmail ended up wanting extra time to tell Mr. Robot’s story in the second season, or if USA wanted to elongate the season in hindsight. Either way, it’s an intriguing development.
Somewhat less interesting is the inclusion of a new live after show. Enough with the after shows, guys. Though a host hasn’t yet been named, the live show will be called Hacking Robot, and it will seek to deconstruct the episodes on a weekly basis. If it’s anything like the after shows currently on AMC and ABC, it will feature several uninformed low-level TV actors or celebrities who try too hard to be funny. We’ll see!
USA will also be structuring the Season 2 premiere night to air two episodes back-to-back with limited commercials, with the titles revealed to be “eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc” and “eps2.0_unm4sk-pt2.tc”. The synopsis for the new season also reveals that the premiere will pick up 30 days after the fsociety 5/9 hack on Evil Corp, with Season 2 exploring “the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control.” Most importantly, will we find out who was at the door? And where is Tyrell Wellick?!
Mr. Robot stars Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, and maybe Martin Wallström still. Depending on where Tyrell Wellick is. The new season premieres July 13th at 10 p.m. ET on USA.