On Friday, Mr. Robot gave us a first look at the highly anticipated season three of the USA hacker drama as well as a premiere date. Whereas the first two seasons debuted in July, the third season won’t be here until October 11, 2017 — making fans wait an agonizing 13 months since the second season wrapped. But rather than simply just drop the teaser all willy nilly, in true Mr. Robot form the show instead led fans on a wild goose chase with a drawn out riddle on social media, tweeting lines from Leonard Cohen’s 1992 song, “Democracy,” only naturally hacker-fied with random numbers and capitalized letters. Likewise, the teaser itself is set to an ominous spoken word version of the song.
For those inclined to look for further clues, here’s a sampling of the lyric they chose:
It’s coming from the sorrow in the street
The holy places where the races meet
From the homicidal bitchin’
That goes down in every kitchen
To determine who will serve and who will eat
It’s coming to America first
The cradle of the best and of the worst
It’s here they got the range
And the machinery for change
And it’s here they got the spiritual thirst
I’m sentimental, if you know what I mean
I love the country but I can’t stand the scene
And I’m neither left or right
I’m just staying home tonight
Getting lost in that hopeless little screen
From the wars against disorder
From the sirens night and day
Democracy is coming to the USA
Without revealing any of the plot itself, the teaser also catches up back up with some familiar faces: Elliot, Darlene, a Mr. Robot mask-wearing Angela, Tyrell, Dominique, Phillip Price, and Whiterose — played by B. D. Wong, who has been upped to a series regular next season. Everyone appears to be miserable, terrified, angry, or some combination of the three.
This season will also feature newcomer Bobby Cannavale as Irving, a used car salesman, though what his exact role in the upcoming season will be remains unseen.