“Look there’s definitely a fallout from what happened in season 1 and that will be broached,” Malek revealed during EW’s SAG Awards party on Friday. “It’s kind of sad and disturbing how we’ve been able to anticipate events that have happened in our culture in the world so I assume that that will continue to happen but you can never predict the future and how distressful it might be, so as much as I think we have the ability to capture that, I hope that we don’t, but that would be naive.”
While the actor hasn’t started filming yet, he said on Friday night that the cast was about to gather to read through the first half of the new season. In preparation, he’s been speaking more with the show’s psychologist as Mr. Robot season 2 will “delve much more into the psychosis and his mental illness this year.”
“We’re going to shoot everything as if we’re shooting a movie,” Malek said, “so just jumping around from episode to episode, which seems very daunting but we have one director for the entire season, Sam Esmail, our creator.”
USA renewed Mr. Robot for season 2 following its breakout success. Among its numerous awards, the show earned Best Drama Series at this year’s Golden Globes, and Best Actor in a Drama Series from the Critics’ Choice Awards.
“I feel like I’ve been preparing [for season 2] ever since, I think I took a few days off, but it just never leaves your head,” Malek continued. “When something has such a massive effect on our culture, you can’t step too far away from it.”
—Reporting by C. Molly Smith