(Note: This article contains spoilers for Mr. Robot seasons 1 & 2)
Mr. Robot season 2 kicked off a few weeks ago, and showed several characters falling apart while dealing with the consequences of last year’s finale. One of the most notable changes was in Portia Doubleday’s Angela, who had accepted a job at Evil Corp, seemingly cut off contact with Elliot, and started repeating self-affirmations just to get through the day. Doubleday spoke to us at SDCC about the difficulty she had in adjusting to her character’s change.
“To be honest, I’m not comfortable at all,” she said. “And it was really hard. What’s crazy about being on a TV show is that your characters are changing, and you have to change with them. So this season was way different than the first season, and I love the changes… but it took me a long time to get comfortable with those shifts. It affects everything. It affects your relationships with everyone.”
Doubleday said block shooting, which requires portions of various episodes to be filmed out of order, also added to the challenges of tackling her character in season two. But Doubleday cautioned viewers that some “crazy, wild things” are in store.
“You start to see the consequences of someone that is so desperately trying to push down her guilt and shame.”
Rami Malek, who portrays Elliot on the series, said one of his biggest changes in season two involved his interaction with cast mate Christian Slater.
I went to Sam when we first started shooting, and I said, obviously he has to come to terms with this. “How is he going to come to terms with this?” he said. “I work with a psychologist, and she’s taught me a lot about the feelings that occur after the discovery. There’s shame, denial, and all these regrets that happen. And there’s of course some acceptance of that.
But I think with the acceptance of it, I told Sam, I’m not going to look at him a lot. I’m not going to give him anything. I said Christian is going to have a hard time acting with me this year.
Carly Chaikin, who plays Darlene, also confirmed reports that the show has a definite ending in mind, seemingly at season five, as show-runner Sam Esmail has indicated in the past.
That’s what’s so amazing about Sam: there’s a beginning, a middle, and an end, and we’re going somewhere,” she said. “It’s crazy to think how great season 1 was and how much stuff was going on there, and that’s just 1/5 of the story. It’s not even the main story. But it allows us to have a very clear direction of where we’re going and gives a sense of purpose to everything we do.