You’ve got to, “accept that you’ve been conned.” That’s Phillip Price’s advice to Angela before he sets off to war against his archenemy Whiterose setting the stage for season 4, but it’s also one of the most obvious political lines of the entire show.
Throughout it’s three season run Mr. Robot has been an unreliable TV show with an unreliable narrator. Now the epic season 3 finale really blew the lid open on that. That the entire reason we as viewers think Elliot is crazy (seeing his dead father all the time), is not actually the reason Elliot is crazy. His father did not push him out the window as was revealed!!! This is significant because for three seasons Mr. Robot took the shape of Elliot’s father, and they have had a chaotic relationship simply because Elliot hates him for that reason. This means that Elliot is or has made peace with that particular form of Mr. Robot, but that doesn’t mean Mr. Robot isn’t, can’t be, or won’t be other forms. What does that reveal mean for Christian Slater’s presence in the show? and does it pave way for the Tyrell is Elliot theories to spring up once again?
Tyrell is not in the finale, so where is he and what is he doing? In fact thanks to the hack that Elliot did, Tyrell and/or Elliot gain the most out of the carnage left behind in the season finale. Tyrell has a huge opportunity to gain power over Price as CEO of Ecorp. Depending on different circumstances and if he can get over the loss of his family. He is already CTO and most likely knows exactly when Elliot was going to restore the Ecorp data.
Mr. Robot has always catered to the outcasts and the conspiracy theorists. It’s major plot is that billionaires use all of us and they like to use that power to settle petty disputes with each other. From it’s very first introductions, Ecorp is almost a joke. A placeholder. The Evil Corporation that must be brought down by any means necessary and hackers hope that with a few keystrokes they can bring down the system and then and only then will good times be had for all.
As the finale shows, that’s wishful thinking. After all the twists and turns the finale gives the often dark tone of Mr. Robot one of it’s most uplifting moments. As I’ve already mentioned Elliot is seemingly coming to terms with his own internal demons. Admitting to himself that he conned himself, and that he let Mr. Robot trick him further. He realizes that none of this stuff with 5/9 or the hacks should have happened in the first place. None of these people should have died that are now dead and the world is NOT a better place because of what he did. That’s very hard to do in this hyper-partisan era where fake news and information overload is destroying the country.
Now Angela has to come to accept the fact that Whiterose was lying to her, conning her to get her to do things for WR. Even as Price set her up for success she fell hard on the false hopes of, ironically, a cross-dressing con artist. The con-artist who promised her the one thing that she longed for. To see her mother again. Why did Angela, a smart, beautiful, young woman with the whole world in front of her fall for such a scheme? Why did she fall down the rabbit hole and Elliot climb up it?
Elliot admitted he was wrong. Angela is still in denial. Feels a little like present day America doesn’t it? Where paranoia, hacking, bitcoin, social anxiety and drugs are becoming all too serious and common. Where even the brightest among us can fall for things that have no basis in reality but it doesn’t matter because we get the outcomes we want. Perhaps that’s why a reality TV star who does the same thing is now our leader.