What Does Mr Robot's Twist Ending Mean For the Show?
Updated: Oct 18, 2019
I know it’s a little weird to see an article written by someone who’s not Neo but just between you and me, I’ve hacked into the website and taken control of her blog. So all things Deus Ex and Mr Robot, you’ll be getting from me - don’t tell her though, it’s our little secret!
For my first article, I want to discuss the ending of the second episode of Season 4 of Mr Robot.
When Darlene (Carly Chaikin) reminds Elliot (Rami Malek) that she informed him about the drug lord, Fernando Vera's (Elliot Villar) visit to his apartment a few weeks ago, Elliot seems surprisingly confused like it’s the first time he's heard about his return to New York.
But when he discusses the revelation with Mr Robot (Christian Slater), he also voices that it’s the first time he’s heard the news too, which poses the question - who did Darlene speak to?
Like everyone in the 'Mr Robot' community, I was mind-blown by this twist ending! What does this mean? Does Elliot have a third persona and if so, who is it?
Now don’t fret because I have an idea of who it might be. It’s a heartbreaking answer for anyone who loves this character like I do, but in the end it will all make sense. So join me in putting on my black trenchcoat and dark-tinted shades and let’s uncover the mystery into who Elliot’s third personality is!
Who Does the Office Belong To?
The first question to this mystery, is the office in which a table of four is in the centre. Young Elliot is sitting in one of the chairs but the other three are vacant. We can only assume that one belongs to Mr Robot and another to Elliot but who does the final seat belong to?
I believe it belongs to Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallström).
Why? Because this office is very similar to the office that Tyrell has Elliot brought to at the end of the first episode in Season 1.
Look at both photos and you'll see the similarities. Same table, same style of chairs, same window shape, same ceiling, same floor and same walls. The only difference is the lighting.
Also, the shot that introduces the office is the same type of shot that introduces Tyrell Wellick and his lawyers in Season 1.
Is this a coincidence? I think not!
So what is Sam Esmail, the director of the show, trying to tell us? I think the answer has been hidden in plain sight all along. The parallels suggest that Tyrell is Elliot's third persona.
“There’s Something Between Us…”
Tyrell has always had a fascination with Elliot ever since they met in the very first episode of Mr Robot. He’s declared his love for him, expressed his loyalty to him and is adamant on perceiving himself and Elliot as ‘gods’.
But if there’s something that’s always intrigued me, it’s when Tyrell said: “There’s something between us I can see it.”
Originally, I thought this foreshadowed a connection the two might share in the future but now, I believe it is in reference to the fact that Tyrell is Elliot’s third personality only he’s not aware of it because Elliot’s not aware of it either.
This could be similar to Fight Club’s (a film directed by David Fincher) twist reveal that Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) is a persona of Edward Norton’s character and is in fact not real. Just like how Tyrell Wellick might be an alternate persona of Elliot’s.
If they do reveal this in the same way Fight Club did, I will be so shocked and sad because I love Tyrell and it’s going to be so sad to know that he wasn’t real!
The Unholy/Holy Trinty
The shot above is from the Season 4 trailer. In this shot, Tyrell is in the centre of Elliot and Mr Robot and it reminds me of a lot of times where Elliot is in the foreground of a shot but Mr Robot will be in the background. This to me always illustrated Elliot as the person in control or the main persona.
But in the trailer, Tyrell is in the centre possibly hinting at Tyrell being one of Elliot’s personas OR Elliot and Mr Robot being two of Tyrell’s personas! Now that would be mind blowing wouldn’t it?
Thing is, there's been one other instance where Mr Robot, Tyrell and Elliot are stood in a triangle formation, like a Holy/Unholy Trinity, depending on how you want to look at it. Don’t you find that odd?
I don't know about you but I think Sam Esmail is trying to tell us something... Maybe he's trying to tell us that the relationship between these three characters are more complicated than they appear to be.
I know there’s many more scenes and episodes that I could mention in this article but with a few days left till episode 3 airs we can only contemplate and theorize on who Elliot's third personality may be.
But why leave the theorizing all to me? I bet you all have some theories of you own! Comment what yours is in the comment section below!