Mr. Robot will end its acclaimed run with an expanded fourth season in 2019. Sam Esmail’s USA Network hacker drama, which was originally set to feature another eight episodes, will now wrap with 12 final installments, The Hollywood Reporter notes.
The show’s writers worked in two installments to accommodate Esmail’s work on Amazon’s Julia Roberts-starring limited series, Homecoming. The creator-showrunner considered expanding the series to a fifth season but ultimately felt the show needed a finish to craft a satisfying ending.
“When I first created the world of Mr. Robot, I thought it would be a niche television series with a small, cult following,” Esmail told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “Over the past three years, it has become so much more, and I am continually humbled by the show’s recognition and by the amazing cast and crew that work tirelessly to help bring my vision to life. Since day one, I’ve been building toward one conclusion – and in breaking the next season of Mr. Robot, I have decided that conclusion is finally here.
“Everyone on the creative team, including the amazing people at USA and UCP, didn’t want to say goodbye, but we ultimately have too much respect for Elliot’s journey to extend past its inevitable ending,” he continued. “Therefore, season four will serve as the final chapter of the Mr. Robot story. To fans of the show: thank you for the past three years, and I can’t wait to share this exciting final season with you.”
As THR notes, Esmail always envisioned Mr. Robot as a fairly concise project, a deliberate effort to avoid “treading water.” “I’ve always said it’s four or five seasons, and I’ve said that because I think it’s somewhere in between,” he told the publication in December following the Season Three finale. “Whether that means the next two seasons are two short seasons, or it could technically still be two full 10-episode seasons, we’re still kind of figuring that out. It’s something the writers’ room and I take very seriously.”
Mr. Robot, which premiered in June 2015, helped reinvent the USA Network with darker, more adventurous original content. The show has earned numerous awards and nominations, including a 2016 Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (star Rami Malek).
In addition to his work on Mr. Robot and Homecoming, Malek has several other projects in development, including a USA drama pilot called Briarpatch. Malek will star as Freddie Mercury in the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.