All good things must come to an end, and USA has made it official: Mr. Robot‘s fourth and final season will debut on Sunday, October 6. And to celebrate the news, the network has released an official teaser.
The show’s first three seasons are currently available to stream on Amazon Prime, so we won’t spoil anything major for those still catching up (the Ars season three review awaits for everyone else). But every fan favorite from the series so far at least makes a cameo in the new spot. Angela and Phillip Price appear after ending season three in an unexpected place. Circumstances have changed greatly for Darlene, Dom, and Krista, but they’ll factor into this final run as well.
There are characters many thought we would never see again, too, but this trailer for the show’s ending rightfully centers on what has always been Mr. Robot‘s central relationship: the one between Elliot and Mr. Robot. If those two are aligned once again to take on the overarching evils of Whiterose and her Dark Army hacking group, then season four will likely pwn harder than Elliot on an unsuspecting cell phone. (For USA’s part, here’s all they’ll reveal for a synopsis: “Set during the 2015 Christmas holiday, the fast-paced season will be one filled with answers, hacking, and blood.”)
Mr. Robot has admittedly alienated some viewers by this point given how high its first season reached and how twisty its second season proved to be. But last year was a return to form—from the kinetic action to the dazzling cinematography to the technical team building out rootkits on a Linux OS for fun. Even as that first season racked up critical praise in the moment, showrunner Sam Esmail always maintained he had an endpoint in mind for Elliot and co. and hoped to have four or five seasons to do it. The show started as a single screenplay, after all, and Esmail has even referred in the press to seasons of the show as acts. There’s a reason to be confident Mr. Robot can stick the landing.
Warts and all, Mr. Robot will likely forever maintain a special place in the hearts of the Orbital HQ for its (comparatively) hyper-accurate depiction of hacking, inventive production techniques, and gripping depiction of one man navigating his mental illness. (The insanely layered ARG never hurt, either.) And given how its biggest stars have risen to prominence since—Esmail launched Amazon’s Homecoming with Julia Roberts last year and is producing another USA show called Briarpatch; Rami Malek won the freakin’ Best Actor Oscar—this show couldn’t go on forever, anyway. If the insane eight months or so of 2015 depicted in the show’s version of NYC must come to an end, culminating everything around Christmas feels appropriately nostalgic enough.
All we ask: someone just make sure Leon (in a breakout role for rapper Joey Badass) appears with a few more ’90s TV recommendations before the last goodbyes.
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