Christian Slater was telling the truth: Mr. Robot's upcoming fourth season will be its last, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed. USA's Emmy-winning tech thriller will return for a final run of 12 episodes next year.
"When I first created the world of Mr. Robot, I thought it would be a niche television series with a small, cult following. 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," creator Sam Esmail said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "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 [Universal Cable Productions], didn't want to say goodbye, but we ultimately have too much respect for Elliot's journey to extend past its inevitable ending. Therefore, Season 4 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."
Esmail had previously said that he imagined the story running for somewhere between four and five seasons, and according to THR the plan was originally for Season 4 to be a short season of eight episodes and then conclude the story in Season 5, but once the writers started working it out Esmail decided that an extended fourth season was the better option.
Esmail made a statement directly to Mr. Robot's dedicated fans on Twitter.
Excited to show you guys the final chapter in Elliot's journey. It's going to be sad to say goodbye to Mr. Robot, but it'll be sadder to say goodbye to all the fans. Thanks for hanging with us throughout the years and cannot wait to share the conclusion with all of you.— Sam Esmail (@samesmail) August 29, 2018
The ending comes as no surprise; Esmail is busy with numerous other projects including the upcoming Amazon series Homecoming with Julia Roberts, and star Rami Malek — who won an Emmy in 2016 for his performance as paranoid computer hacker Elliot Alderson — is starring in high-profile movies like the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.