'Mr. Robot' season 2 spoilers: trailer hints at the show's bigger scope; Sam Esmail recalls Rami Malek's audition


Leaping into its second season in less than two months, “Mr. Robot” is already ramping up the promotional works with the release of its newest teaser trailer earlier this week.

The hacking-centric show has definitely elevated not just the visuals but the stakes well evident in the second clip that gives fans a sneak peek of what to expect in season 2.0. The less than two-minute video started with Elliot (Rami Malek) having a conversation with Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) at a dingy room. It is now safe to say that upon finding out that the mentor-esque only exists in his head, Elliot will be far more bound with the persona as Mr. Robot continues to push him to the limit. At one point, he even points a gun straight to his head.

Fans can also expect that the E. Corp hacking that went down towards the end of season 1 will become a big issue in terms of the country’s security. The trailer showed a clip of President Obama running through the situation meaning that more and more attention will eventually be drawn into it and presumably to the fsociety as well.

Aside from the teaser, creator and director for all 10 episodes of season 2, Sam Esmail recently shared some production process that went down before “Mr. Robot” came to be the hit show that it is today. In a roundtable, the writer told the story of lead star, Malek, during his audition for the role.

“Rami [Malek] was a nervous wreck he was shaking,” Esmail recalled Malek’s audition. “He literally said the script breeds anxiety, and it was nerve-racking [to watch]. I was like, ‘I don’t know, is he going to get through this audition?’ And by that point we had seen maybe 100 guys, and it was not right. It was the fsociety speech, and it felt didactic, and I was like, ‘This is terrible. We’ve got to call USA and cancel this because this is not good.’ But then Rami just did it. I [still] don’t know if that was all part of the character.”

“Mr. Robot” season 2 will break ground on July 13, 10 p.m. EST on USA Network.