The Dark Army’s Terrorist Attack In ‘Mr. Robot’ May Bring A Fractured fsociety Back Together

Ad failed to load

Elliot loses time often in Mr. Robot, but he just learned that he's even more in the dark when it comes to the Dark Army's plan than he realized. Spoilers for Mr. Robot follow. In "," Mr. Robot helps Elliot stop phase two at the downtown recovery building, but the Dark Army blows up E Corp buildings around the country anyway. This massive attack will have major repercussions for the characters of Mr. Robot and it makes you wonder how much Mr. Robot, Angela, and Tyrell knew of Whiterose's master plan. And even though Angela seems like she only knew of Elliot's phase two and not this other major attack on E Corp buildings, will Elliot be able to forgive his betrayal? He just may need to if he's going to face what the Dark Army has planned next.

Whiterose and her Dark Army have continuously been multiple steps ahead of Elliot. But since Elliot is such a skilled hacker it takes until the destruction in "" for him to realize how beyond his control the situation is. Yet, it's difficult to know how much of the Dark Army's plan Elliot is aware of and how much he isn't. While it appears that Elliot is triumphant in reasoning with his more villainous side of Mr. Robot to stop the explosion at the New York City building, perhaps Mr. Robot concedes because he knows that the Dark Army had shifted its focus to destroying all the facilities that Elliot had rerouted the paperwork to.

Michael Parmelee/USA Network
Ad failed to load

Although it doesn't seem wise to believe that Elliot truly reaches Mr. Robot's compassionate side, that may actually be the case since Irving misled both Tyrell and Angela, who were the ones working with Mr. Robot. Irving never informed Tyrell that Joanna had died, and he led Angela (whether directly or indirectly) to take the appropriate steps to presumably blow up the data center. Either the Dark Army changed its course of action when it discovered that Elliot was undermining phase two during his workdays at E Corp or perhaps Whiterose knew that Elliot would reroute the paperwork all along. But no matter how it went down, the Dark Army appears to have used Tyrell, Angela, and Elliot/Mr. Robot for a more heinous attack than any of them could have ever dreamed of.

Elliot and Darlene are understandably going to still be angry with Angela for manipulating Elliot's mental illness, but it might be in their best interests to join forces with her. Angela made it clear she didn't want anyone to get hurt and the news states that the death toll is expected to be in the thousands now because of this large-scale attack. That number is much higher than the causalities that would have occurred if the Dark Army had only blown up the one New York building. It's also safe to assume that the Dark Army will blame Elliot and Darlene's fsociety for these explosions, so these siblings and childhood friends are going to need each other to survive.

Michael Parmelee/USA Network
Ad failed to load

These explosions most likely will also hit the reset button for Mr. Robot since the time travel theory is now more plausible than ever after "" The episode starts with young Angela watching the animated series version of Back To The Future and speaking with Mr. Alderson. She then reiterates to Elliot in the present what she insinuated in the Season 3 premiere — that her mom and Elliot's dad are going to be OK. Combine that with the fact that the screen continually glitches in "" and it could mean that Whiterose is resetting the timeline — and this process starts with the destruction of the E Corp buildings.

Although Whiterose is enigmatic as ever in this episode of Mr. Robot, there are potential clues about Phillip Price's intentions. In the opening scene at Angela's childhood home, Sakina Jaffrey's Antara Nayar speaks to Angela's parents about an anonymous benefactor who is contributing to help cure Angela's mom's illness. This news upsets Angela's father, so is it possible that Price was enamored by Angela's mom and was attempting to save her in the past? Is that why he made Angela his pet project in the present? If Price is emotionally invested, then Minister Zhi Zhang has even more of the upper hand on him. The alternative is that it's Zhang who is Angela's family's benefactor in the '90s since he revealed he was involved in the project at the Washington Township power plant in the Season 3 premiere. And an even crazier theory is that this flashback isn't as it seems and is part of Whiterose's possible time manipulation since the characters faces were glitching in that timeframe as well.  

Michael Parmelee/USA Network
Ad failed to load

There are plenty of unknowns as a result of "," but as Elliot says, the Dark Army corrupted Mr. Robot's plan for revolution. And if Mr. Robot was unaware of Whiterose's plan, then Elliot and his counterpart have a new shared enemy in the Dark Army. So Elliot will need to make amends with Mr. Robot, Darlene, Angela, and possibly even Tyrell (not to mention, FBI agent Dom would be a good person to have on their side) to figure out what Whiterose is really doing — and to see if her vision of the future is the one that's best for the rest of the world.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

7 Signs Your Energy Is Closed Off To Love, According To A Psychic

Finding love requires more than just the actions of going on dates or setting up an online dating profile. It also requires opening yourself up to love and giving off the vibe that you're open. You may not even realize it if you're energetically bloc…
By Suzannah Weiss

It Took Heather Graham YEARS To Make A Movie About Women Ditching Toxic Men. The Reason? Men.

They say you should write what you know. But in Hollywood, that age-old advice apparently needs an addendum: Write what you know — as long as men are into it. And for actor and newly minted director/screenwriter Heather Graham — a woman who swam thro…
By Kelsea Stahler

Target Just Launched A Gorgeous New Home Brand — And Most Pieces Are Under $30

Design lovers rejoice! Everyone's favorite store for pretty much everything is about to make all your daring decorating dreams come true. Today, Target's corporate blog issued a press release that provides a peek into Target's new homeware line, Opal…
By Callie Tansill-Suddath

17 Brilliant Ways To Support Parkland Survivors Wherever You Are

Following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, survivors are demanding Congress take action. A large group of students who survived the shooting are opposing politicians' "thoughts and prayers," arguing that inst…
By Sarah Beauchamp

Bustle's Editors On K-Beauty + McDonald's

If you're a glass-half-full kind of person, you're probably rejoicing over the fact that the week's more than halfway over. And if not, keep your chin up. I've got some insane Fashion Week and McDonald's news to hold you over. So, without further ado…
By Melissa Mills

Here's Where Your Next Trip Should Be, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

If you've been craving a vacation, now is a good time to take the plunge. According to data collected by travel site Expedia, late winters and early spring are pretty much the best times of the year to go on vacation. Based on average airfare ticket …
By Callie Tansill-Suddath

How This Quadriplegic Beauty Lover Beat Cancer & Became A Professional Makeup Artist

In 2010, one day before she was supposed to start cosmetology school, Steph Aiello was involved in a car crash that left her paralyzed from the waist down with limited ability to move her hands and one of her closest friends dead. She would spend the…
By Sara Tan

7 Common Marriage Rules That Aren't Good For Relationships

When it comes to marriage, everyone loves to give their two cents, and with all the warnings and advice floating around out there, no wonder people find marriage intimidating. Luckily, you don't always have to play by the rules, and there's some bad …
By Carina Wolff

The Infuriating Way Hollywood Movie Sets Are Designed To Make Life Harder For Women

Whitney Cummings is fed up — with the way Hollywood treats women, and in particular, the way the it treats female directors who have children. While the entertainment industry may be working hard to get more women behind the camera, Cummings wants to…
By Casey Cipriani

Why Uggs Are Never Going Away, Whether You Like Them Or Not

Uggs. The word alone can conjure up memories of teenage years, regrettable outfits, and undeniable comfort. But if, like me, you thought that you've already said goodbye to those fleece-lined tan boots, you can think again. It seems fashion has adopt…
By Lauren Sharkey

Netflix's New Romantic Movie Will Have You Crying Like It's 'The Fault In Our Stars'

Cancer movies are a heartbreaking staple of Hollywood and have been for decades. It's almost a law of nature: new year, new cancer movie. This year, it's Netflix's Irreplaceable You, a heartbreaking original about a longtime couple who get thrown for…
By Olivia Truffaut-Wong

Here Are All The Terms You Need To Know If You’re Watching Olympic Ski Events Right Now

Every four years the Winter Olympics rolls around to remind me that A) there are so many important Winter Olympic sports, and B) I know virtually nothing any of them. And I know for a fact, I'm not alone, I bet most people don't know what the differe…
By Danielle Colin-Thome

Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu Have Matching Tattoos & The Story Is So Cute

Olympic season gives people the feels. From those shipping Canadian ice dancing pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to Shaun White's gold medal win on Tuesday, the feels are real. Now, there's another reason to get all up in your emotions. Adam Rippon a…
By Shea Simmons

A New Study Says Being In A Relationship Could Change Your Taste In Wine — Here's How

I’d be willing to bet that for many of you, a nice bottle of wine is awaiting you in your near future — and if you’re planning on sharing that bottle with a partner, there might be more to your choice than meets the eye: According to recent research,…
By Lucia Peters

Carrie Brownstein On Why Even The Obama Era Should Have Enraged You

An icy January morning soon after Hollywood's show of solidarity for the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globes and almost exactly one year into the Trump Administration feels like a momentous time to be sitting across from Carrie Brownstein. The Sleat…
By Samantha Rollins

Here’s What The Upcoming Year Of The Dog Means For Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

On Feb. 16 the world will celebrate the Chinese New Year, welcoming the Year of the Dog in like the good doggo it is — we hope. A new year means new zodiac predictions for the 365 days ahead. So, what does the Year of the Dog mean for your Chinese zo…
By Brittany Bennett

7 Signs You're Ready To Get Into A Relationship, According To Experts

It can be difficult to tell when you're ready to start dating again. Maybe you're coming off of a bad breakup, maybe you've just been focused on other things. And, ironically, one of the signs that you're ready to be in a relationship is that you're …
By Lea Rose Emery

I Got A Breast Reduction & It Was About So Much More Than The Size Of My Boobs

As a young teenager, I pretty much reached peak physical maturity overnight. One day I was wearing my first training bra a la Lizzie McGuire, and the next I was sweatily fumbling around a Victoria’s Secret with 32DD boobs, trying to summon up the cou…
By Sierra Taylor Horton

This Is, Hands Down, The *Grossest* Thing Babies Do Inside The Womb

Your baby's life in the womb may be safe and warm, but it's also kind of grody. Seriously, the whole process of growing into a human being includes more than a few icky moments along the way. But this is the grossest thing babies do inside the womb b…
via Romper

The 15 Best Fiction Books Of February Feature Tons Of Extraordinary Women

When the cold winds of February blow in, there's nothing I want more than to hide under my covers with a good book. Luckily, there's more than a few fantastic new fiction books coming out this month, so the only tough decision you'll have to make is …
By Melissa Ragsdale

17 Moms Reveal The Most Disgusting Part Of Their Pregnancy

Pregnant bodies do weird-ass things. Weird-ass, gross things. I mean, my pregnant body did (twice), and I have long-suspected I'm not alone. So I asked other moms to share the most disgusting part of their pregnancy and I learned that, not only am I …
via Romper