Out of all the crappy TV series we have been seeing for the past years, one stands out distinctly from everything else. While many would normally read my ravings on Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, I’ve kept mum about one TV series that actually gives my brains a good workout. Mr. Robot is a psychological thriller (techno thriller) created by Sam Esmail that premiered in June 2015. It stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a cyber-vigilante with apparent social and emotional disorders. We are unaware of the extent of his psychological disorders when the series began. We just know that he sees a psychiatrist regularly. Towards the end of season 1, we discover that he has a Dissocciative Identity Disorder as the show reveals Mr. Robot as his alter ego.
At the start of the second season, we see Elliot going through a daily routine as he lives with his mother. The US economy is thrown into chaos after his hack of Evil Corp while fsociety, his hacker vigilante group, continues with their work under the leadership of his sister, Darlene. He still sees his father, Mr. Robot, trying to control his life. But his objective is to ignore him and eventually get rid of him.
The reveal in episode 7 is what actually drove me to write this blog post. I was so engrossed in the way his mind works and the way he interacts with people around him that I missed the possibility that everything may not be what it seems. I was thrown off the loop in season 1, but I should’ve had hints in season 2. To cut the story short, the final scenes of episode 7 shows that Elliot is actually in prison and everything we saw in previous episodes where he appears to be freely walking around and going through his daily routine was actually a delusion. The reveal was slowly uncovered in the eyes of the audience when his shrink tells him, “Elliot, you know you haven’t been staying with your mother, right?” The background slowly fades into a prison scenario and we see Elliot wearing orange overalls.
Many fans have already theorized this possibility. They felt all along he was in prison or in a mental institution considering his daily routine. I’m actually glad it surprised me. I don’t get that a lot anymore. But the bigger question now that all fans are eager to find out is — why is he in prison? We do know he is going to be released soon based on his discussion with the shrink. So, it’s obviously not for shooting Tyrell which Mr. Robot admitted to at the start of the episode. Besides, we know we can’t trust Mr. Robot. And it’s not for the hack because it wouldn’t have entailed a short time in prison. We are now eager to discover the difference with reality and his coping mechanisms. He does apologize to the audience for the deceit and promises not to do it anymore. Yeah right.