Fans rejoiced when series creator Sam Esmail announced back in 2017 that USA Network had renewed Mr. Robot for season 4. The good news came on December 13, 2017, hours before the season 3 finale aired on USA Network.
Esmail later took to Instagram to reassure anxious fans that the writers’ room for Mr. Robot season 4 was open.
But hackers — as Mr. Robot fans are popularly known — were understandably upset when Esmail confirmed in August 2018 that season 4 of the techno thriller would be the final installment of the series.
However, the sad announcement did not dampen fans’ enthusiasm. Season 3 ended with a cliffhanger that left fans hungering for more. The news that season 4 would be the last installment of the series only helped to further heighten eager anticipation.
Fans are asking when filming of Mr. Robot season 4 will start, when will the season premiere, who
And after series star Rami Malek shared in a recent interview that season 4 will end with a huge plot twist, fans have also been speculating about how the series will end.
To answer your questions, we have compiled everything we know so far about Mr. Robot season 4, including the expected release date, cast, plot and more.
We will also be updating this page with latest news, casting announcements, plot, spoilers, and the official trailer for the upcoming season when USA Network drops it.
Mr. Robot season 4 release date
USA Network confirmed on August 29, 2018 that production of Mr. Robot season 4 will start in winter 2018/2019 in New York and that the new season will premiere in 2019.
Production of the 10-episode Mr. Robot season 1 began in New York on April 13, 2015 and premiered two months later on June 24, 2015. Filming of Mr. Robot season 2 kicked off in March 2016 and the season premiered four months later in July 2016.
Mr. Robot season 3 production kicked off in August 2017 and the season premiered two months later in October of the same year.
Thus, if the schedule for season 4 follows the pattern of about 2-4 months between start of production and premiere date, we can expect Mr. Robot season 4 to premiere in the spring of 2019 or latest in the summer.
Mr. Robot: Premise
Mr. Robot is a crime thriller, starring Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a talented cyber security expert and hacker who works for the cyber security company Allsafe in New York. He suffers from social anxiety disorder, dissociative identity disorder and clinical depression.
Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), a mysterious “insurrectionary anarchist,” invites Elliot to join his underground hacktivist group called fsociety.
Elliot later finds out that Mr. Robot is a projection of his dead father.
As part of efforts to launch a global revolution, fsociety tries to cancel all consumer debt by destroying the financial records of E Corp, one of the world’s largest conglomerates.
Mr. Robot season 4 details
The series, which first aired on USA Network in June 2015, is created, written, and directed by Sam Esmail, who also co-executive produces the show with Steve Golin and Chad Hamilton for Anonymous Content.
Joseph E. Iberti and Kyle Bradstreet are also co-executive producers.
Under his deal with Universal Cable Production, Esmail is executive producing USA Network’s drama series Briarpatch (starring Rosario Dawson), based on Ross Thomas’ novel of the same name.
Esmail is also executive producing Universal Cable Productions drama Angelyne, starring Esmail’s wife Emmy Rossum. He is also working on a miniseries based on the sci-fi classic Metropolis by Fritz Lang.
He directed and executive produced Amazon’s Homecoming (TV series 2018-), created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, and starring Julia Roberts and Bobby Cannavale.
The production companies behind Mr. Robot are Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and Anonymous Content. The series is distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution.
USA Network initially ordered a 10-episode season 4 but The Hollywood Reporter reported in August 2018 that the producers have increased the number of episodes to 12.
Mr. Robot season 4 would the last installment of the series
Showrunner Esmail revealed in August 2018 that season 4 would be the last installment of the critically acclaimed series.
Series star Christian Slater, who plays the title character Mr. Robot, was the first to hint during an August 16, 2018 interview with Collider that season 4 could be the last installment of the series.
But co-star Rami Malek suggested about a few days later that season 5 could still happen. Malek, who stars as Elliot Alderson, told Collider that a decision about the ending of the series was still “pending.”
The conflicting information left fans speculating until Esmail confirmed on August 29, 2018 that season 4 will be the final season of the cult techno series.
“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,” Esmail said in a statement. “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.”
He added that when he created Mr. Robot he had only hoped the show would succeed as a niche television series with a small cult following. He said he was humbled by the recognition the series has enjoyed from a diverse audience.
“When I first created the world of Mr. Robot, I thought it would be a niche television series with a small, cult following,” said Esmail. “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.”
Esmail later took to Twitter to express his gratitude to the show’s dedicated and enthusiastic fan base.
Audience and critical response
Mr. Robot has acquired a large, enthusiastic and dedicated fan base since it premiered on USA Network in 2015.
Season 1 received positive reviews, with an approval rating of 98% (based on 60 critical reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes, and a “generally favorable” Metascore of 79/100 (based on 24 reviews) on Metacratic.
Mr. Robot season 2 also received positive reviews, with an approval rating of 92% (based on 35 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes, and a Metascore of 81/100 (based on 28 critical reviews) on Metacritic, which indicated “universal acclaim.”
Season 3 scored 92% (based on 20 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes, and a “universal acclaim” Metascore of 82/100 (based on 9 critical reviews) on Metacritic.
The series debuted on June 2015 to an enthusiastic audience response, with the season 1 premiere drawing 1.75 million viewers (in Live+Sameday numbers), compared with the finale which drew 1.21 million viewers.
Overall, season 1 averaged a 0.48 rating (in the 18-49 demo) and 1.39 million viewers weekly.
However, subsequent ratings performance was less impressive.
The season 3 premiere drew 680,000 viewers (in Live+SameDay), while the season 3 finale drew only 450,000 viewers.
Overall, season 3 averaged a 0.22 rating (in the 18-49 demo) and 530,000 viewers weekly.
The dwindling ratings’ numbers might have been part of the reason why showrunner Esmail decided to abandon the original plan to end the series with season 5, and instead end the series with season 4.
Mr. Robot has also won several accolades and awards since it premiered in June 2015. The series has received several Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and awards.
Mr. Robot won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Rami Malek, 2016). The series won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama (2016), and the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Christian Slater, 2016).
Mr. Robot also won the AFI Award for Television Program of the Year (2016), and the Critics’ Choice TV Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series (Rami Malek, 2016), Best Drama Series (2016) and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Christian Slater, 2016).
Mr. Robot won the Peabody Award for Entertainment and Children’s Programming (2016), and the Television Critics Association (TCA) Award for Outstanding New Program (2016).
Mr Robot season 4 trailer
USA Network has not yet released an official trailer for Mr. Robot season 4. We will update this page when an official trailer for Mr. Robot season 4 becomes available online.
Meanwhile, enjoy the official trailer for Mr. Robot season 3.
Mr. Robot season 4 cast
Most of the main cast of Mr. Robot is expected to return for season 4.
Besides Rami Malek as Elliot Anderson, and Christian Slater as the title character Mr. Robot, other cast members expected to return for season 4 include Portia Doubleday as Elliot’s childhood friend Angela Moss, Carly Chaikin as Elliot’s sister Darlene who is also a member of fsociety, Martin Wallström as E Corp exec Tyrell Wellick, Grace Gummer as FBI agent Dom DiPierro, Michael Cristofer as E Corp CEO Phillip Price, and BD Wong as Dark Army leader Dang or White Rose.
It remains uncertain whether Bobby Cannavale, who joined the cast of season 3 as a used car salesman and Dark Army fixer Irving, will return for season 4. Irving killed the FBI agent Ernesto Santiago, played by Omar Metwally in the season 3 finale.
Showrunner Sam Esmail has left the possibility of Cannavale’s return open.
“If there’s any opportunity to work with him again, I’ll do that,” he said.
Based on season 3’s post-credits sequence, it is likely that Elliot Villar will return as drug peddler Fernando Vera whom Elliot helped out of prison but ended up brutally murdering Elliot’s girlfriend, Shayla Nico.
“We’ll definitely explore the blowback from all of that with her murder and how Elliot assisted in breaking Vera out of prison,” Esmail shared in an interview with Deadline.
Stephanie Corneliussen as Tyrell’s wife Joanna Wellick, Sunita Mani as fsociety member Shama “Trenton” Biswas, and Azhar Khan as fsociety member Sunil “Mobley” Markesh, all died in season 3 and thus could only return in flashbacks sequences.
Malek’s previous credits include playing Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).
Mr. Robot season 4 plot
Mr. Robot follows Elliot Alderson, a network engineer who joins the hacktivist group fsociety, led by Mr. Robot (Christian Slater). Elliot works for Allsafe as a cyber security expert but moonlights as a vigilante hacker with fsociety.
The group plots to start a global revolution by taking down large corporations and conglomerates that fsociety members consider to be evil. Elliot finds that his work with fsociety means that he is trying to sabotage E Corp, one of the world’s largest conglomerates that is also the top client of Allsafe, the cyber security company he works for.
Due to the fact that season 4 is the final installment of the series, fans are anxious to know what will happen and how the series will end. Malek helped to heighten anticipation when he revealed in an interview with Digital Spy that the ending of the series will be “very, very climactic.”
“[We] got a call from Sam Esmail and my mouth was agape after he told me how the season ended,” Malek said. “It’s going to be a very, very, climactic ending to what I think has been four great seasons of television.”
Mr. Robot has so far followed the 5/9 hack of E Corp and then focused on the aftermath of the hack. The series has explored the consequences of the hack, the underlying motivations of the participants, and how the hack has impacted Elliot and Mr. Robot’s relationship.
Mr. Robot season 4 will pick up where season 3 finale left off and delve into what happens after Elliot sends the email that could undo the 5/9 hack on E Corp. The season 3 finale appears to suggest that Elliot will be able to undo the damage but fans will have to wait until season 4 to find out exactly what happens.
Esmail had previously hinted that Elliot will be able to reverse the 5/9 hack and then go after the “one percent” who orchestrated the hack from behind the scenes.
“He would reverse what he did, but still kind of be in a position of now pivoting and targeting the real top one percent that orchestrated the 5/9 hack behind his back,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
A plot summary on USA Network’s website says that season 4 will consider “the pros and cons of Elliot hitting ‘send’ on the email that could reverse 5/9.”
Esmail also shared in an interview with Variety that Mr. Robot season 4 will focus on the evolving relationship between Elliot and Mr. Robot.
“We’ve explored these different stages of Elliot and Robot and his internal struggle,” Esmail said. “Now we’re getting into that stage that this season’s about: disintegration. Next season, we’ll then start to explore what happens when they do start to integrate.”