'Mr. Robot' season 2 news, spoilers: Stars, creator tease upcoming season at SXSW; New season to tackle privacy, encryption

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Art mimics life when “Mr. Robot” debuts its second season, which will reportedly tackle the oh-so-relevant issues of encryption and privacy in the modern world.

On Sunday, March 13, “Mr. Robot” fans flocked the show’s panel at South by Southwest, where the packed auditorium eagerly welcomed show creator Sam Esmail and stars Rami Malek (Elliot Alderson) and Christian Slater (Mr. Robot).

During the panel, Esmail revealed that the new season, which is currently in production, will focus on the issues of privacy and encryption, themes that are especially important today given the FBI’s conflict with Apple over an iPhone used by one of the suspects in the San Bernardino mass shooting.

“I’m not trying to say I’m a fortune-teller,” the “Mr. Robot” creator teased, adding that he had written season 2 before the recent Apple-FBI fiasco played out. “I think privacy is going to be a huge issue in the next decade.”

Esmail also disclosed that season 2 will see Elliot dealing with the consequences of his actions in season 1. “Elliot committed a crime in the first season, and we’re going to see the ramifications of that in the second season,” he said (as quoted by Entertainment Weekly).

According to Esmail, the techno drama-thriller’s protagonist will soon have to deal with the feds. This bit of news explains the recent casting of “The Newsroom” alum Grace Gummer as a federal agent in the new season of USA’s award-winning series.

Another character to look forward to in the upcoming season is that of Slater. Though Mr. Robot was revealed to be no more than a figment of Eliot’s imagination in season 1, Slater’s fans will be glad to know that he will return for the show’s next run.

As Esmail recounted, he had to reassure Slater that he will be back for season 2 after the actor got the script revealing his real identity. “I’ve had conversations with him: ‘You’re in season two. You’re not going away.’ But he pulls me aside after reading episode nine and says, ‘Are you sure? I just read this and it kind of feels like I’m done,'” he said (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Though there is no official release date for the new season of “Mr. Robot,” the series is expected to debut in the summer.