Mr. Robot‘s Season 2 premiere aired three days early to lucky social media users.
During a live Q&A session on Facebook Live, a “hacker,” aka USA Network, took over and “leaked” a link to the premiere episode that’s scheduled to air on Wednesday, July 13.
“Why waste more time on pointless speculation,” said a masked figure who interrupted the Q&A on Sunday night, July 10. “You deserve something new, something unexpected, something you’ve never seen before,” he continued before the first 40 minutes of the new episode, “eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc,” began.
Before the episode started, a caption told viewers that this is “top secret.” It also warned viewers not to share spoilers with others.
“What we’re about to show you is top secret. Not even the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent have seen it. So feel free to brag and gloat all you want to. But no spoilers. Consider yourself warned,” it read.
But it wasn’t available on Facebook for much longer. Afterwards viewers had to scour the internet — or check Mr. Robot‘s Twitter feed — to see when and where to catch the premiere. At 8:30 p.m. it was on Twitter, at 8:45 p.m. users had to head to BuzzFeed’s Discovery Channel on Snapchat to get a taste of the episode.
The creative stunt had many users in a fun frenzy though before the last airing on usanetwork.com at 9 p.m.
Others who missed the event will have to wait until Wednesday to see what happens on the show since not everyone was able to catch the Season 2 premiere.
“No one texted me about #MrRobot,” read one tweet. “Ya’ll ain’t real.” “NOOOOOO!!!!! I MISSED THE #MrRobot sneak peak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” read another.
Mr. Robot aired last summer with 10 episodes and gained rave reviews from a multitude of entertainment websites. IndieWire called it the “best new show on TV,” while Telegraph referred to Mr. Robot a “brilliant conspiracy drama.” IGN also called it “the standout show of the summer.” And the second season is no different so far. IndieWire said that Season 2 “stays true to its weird self” and gave the show’s premiere an “A-.”
According to iMDb, Mr. Robot follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), “a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night.”
“Elliot finds himself at a crossroads when the mysterious leader of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the corporation he is paid to protect,” continues the summary. Together with his crew, Darlene (Carly Chaikin) and the titular character, Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), Elliott also attempts to erase the world’s debt with their crew, fsociety.
Season 1 ended with mind-boggling twists and turns. This latest stunt shows that USA is willing to break all the rules while not holding back any punches with Mr. Robot. And according to the network, this is just the beginning. Season 2 will premiere on Wednesday, July 13, at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. Central. This season will also have 12 episodes rather than 10.
In an interview with Verge, the creator of Mr. Robot, Sam Esmail, shared what his thought process behind Season 2 and what viewers can expect from the show this year.
“I always thought the writing process for movies and TV shows was just a blueprint. The making of it was the thing. It’s exhausting, but in the best way possible. Even though there’s a lot of hours spent being very hyper-focused on details,” he said.
“We were never going to do cheesy graphics flying at you in the screen,” he says. “That, for me, is the biggest no-brainer. We were actually going to use the real screens that hackers would use to execute a certain hack. Anything that didn’t feel real, anything that felt ‘TV’ or ‘movie,’ we would collectively cringe.”
For a quick refresher, USA shared a spoiler-riddled six-minute recap. For those late to the Mr. Robot party, Amazon Prime has exclusive rights to Season 1 of the series.
[Image via USA Network]