9:15am PT by Josh Wigler
'Mr. Robot' Season 3 Finale: That 'Star Wars' Level Twist, Explained
[Warning: this story contains spoilers for the season three finale of USA Network's Mr. Robot.]
"I am your father."
Four iconic words, impossible to utter without conjuring memories of Darth Vader towering over Luke Skywalker in the underbelly of Cloud City — words that even the most powerful man in the world (or at least top three) can't utter without shedding some Star Wars sentiment.
In the season three finale of Mr. Robot, E Corp head honcho Phillip Price (Michael Cristofer) confirmed a theory many fans were speculating on for weeks and weeks now: he's the biological father of Angela Moss (Portia Doubleday), who had focused so much of her energy this season trying to reset a timeline in order to resurrect her mother, only to gain a lost parent in this completely unexpected way. While it's a reveal that comes off as less as a shock and more as confirmation for the dutiful Robot viewers, writer-producer Kor Adana tells THR that Price's paternal connection to Angela wasn't always part of the plan — far from it, in fact.
Of course, there's a lot more to chew on in the Mr. Robot season finale than Price's revelation. The final installment of season three included Elliot (Rami Malek) finally undoing the Five/Nine Hack, if not quite all of the damage he's caused in the time since launching the massive cyber attack all the way back in season one. What's more, Elliot and his darker self, Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), finally started on a path toward reconciliation, if not full-on integration. Elsewhere, Dom DiPierro (Grace Gummer) began a journey of her own, becoming the very thing she was hunting — a Dark Army operative — while her former informant-turned-temporary-lover Darlene (Carly Chaikin) somehow managed to dodge a bullet, only thanks to Elliot and Robot's combined quick thinking.
Listen to the latest episode of THR and Post Show Recaps' Mr. Robot podcast, in which Josh Wigler speaks with Omar Metwally, the man who played the recently axed Agent Santiago:
Speaking of which, the final scene of the season brings a familiar face back into the mix: Fernando Vera. What went into the decision to end the season on this note?
I'm pretty sure Sam had his heart set on this coda before we started the season three writers' room. There were times where we were having problems with a story and someone would pitch an idea about bringing Vera back… Sam would always say, "No, we're saving the Vera reveal for the coda." Considering the way that Vera left and the effect he had on Elliot, I know we were all excited for this moment. Elliot's got a long overdue hug coming his way.
Anything else from the finale, and season three in general, before we close out?
There's a cover of "Bang Bang" in this episode, performed by Pan Ron. Justin picked the song, but our amazing music supervisor (Manish Raval) had to get it cleared through the Cambodian government. That was definitely a first.
You know what, one more thing before we close out... all season long, you've been dropping lines from the works of William Shakespeare in these columns. As another great poet once asked: "What up with that?" Now that the season's over, can you spill the beans on the Bard quotes?
We may have reached the end of the season, but the ARG is far from over so I can't spill the beans yet. Once our brilliant players crack this one, I'll tell you all about it.
Finally, every week, we close out with a tease for next week... but there is no next week, at least as far as Mr. Robot goes! So, how about we close out on a tease for next season?
This is definitely not a tease, but it is an important update. This was my last season working on Mr. Robot. I've decided to leave to pursue some of my own television projects. I can't tell you how proud I am of our work over the last three seasons. We have the most passionate and talented cast/crew in the business. From a production standpoint, I wouldn't have been able to do this job without the great Adam Brustein, our flash animator who created all the computer animations; Brian Jackson, one of our camera operators who shot every CU/insert; and my genius consulting team of Ryan Kazanciyan, Andre McGregor, James Plouffe and Jeff Moss. If you haven't already, you need to check out Ryan's weekly blog describing the hacks on Mr. Robot. The ARG would be nonexistent without Jeffrey Kaufman, Robin Fordham and everyone at USA Digital and Curious Codes. Our executives at UCP and USA are amazing. I'm thankful to them, Chad Hamilton and Sam Esmail for their ongoing support of my career and future endeavors.
Parting is such sweet sorrow 2.
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