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Mr. Robot returning this summer, details about second season revealed

Elliot's relationship with Mr. Robot is about to get way more intense

After critical speculation that USA would move Mr. Robot into its fall roster, creator Sam Esmail confirmed that the show would be back for a second season this summer, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Esmail was joined by members of the Mr. Robot cast at the Television Critics Association festival to talk about the show's anticipated sophomore season.

While Esmail couldn't get into the gritty details of the second season without giving too much away, he did offer hints at where Elliot's relationship with Mr. Robot was heading. For those that haven't seen the first season, consider this an official spoiler warning for what follows.

Esmail told the audience at the TCAs that after revealing Mr. Robot was in fact Elliot and not Elliot's father like we were made to believe the show will focus less on the conclusion of that storyline and more on the complexity of that imaginary relationship.

"There will be a lot more backstory that will be shown, the timeline will get a little clearer — not 100 percent clear, because where’s the fun in that?" Esmail said. "But a little clearer. It really is about Elliot trying to reconcile what this means in seeing Mr. Robot."

Esmail added that, unlike the first season, which dealt with Elliot trying to distinguish what was real and what was the byproduct of delusion, the second season will focus on an a hyperaware Elliot trying to maneuver his way through the delusions.

The creator affirmed that this season will have fewer "reveal" moments. While he insisted that even the biggest "gotcha" moments of the first season were woven into the storyline from the very beginning, he wants to focus more on the relationship between the characters than surprising the audience.

Esmail is on board to direct all 10 episodes of the second season and previously mentioned that Elliot's storyline is about to get much darker and much more intense.

There's no premiere date for the show's second season, but the summer television season usually begins around May or June. Expect the announcement of a firm premiere date closer to those months.

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