AVClub: Lies have a critical role to play in our lives. They aren’t just convenient ways to avoid the truth. They’re an essential part of our being, the means by which we make sense of the world and ourselves. This has been one of the key themes of Mr. Robot, especially this season, where we’ve followed Elliot’s struggle to overcome his internal companion through a variety of tactics. His rant in “k3rnel-pan1c.ksd” about the ridiculousness of believing in imaginary gods and fantasies was just a verbal variant on the actions he’s been performing—the attempts via drugs, daily routines, and even games of chess to evacuate Mr. Robot from his being. All these maneuvers came to naught. Elliot Alderson refused to acknowledge the value of the hyperreal or the fictional, believing instead in the supposed authenticity of lived experience, as though it weren‘t mediated just as heavily as any TV show or campfire tale.