"This is an example of breaking form in order to get to the core of a character's inner truth — in this case, Elliot," says Esmail. "The genesis started with when Elliot switches [places with Mr. Robot], does he remember right away? We all had that conversation in the writers' room where we realized, it would be weird if he remembered everything right away. It's not like an Incredible Hulk situation — and even that, you're at least disoriented for a minute or two. You're not quite there yet, and you're also not quite ready. You're not quite snapping awake. In the room, we all felt it would very interesting that we would be with Elliot in real time as he's putting things together about what he remembers, why he is wherever he is, and what happened to him. That became very exciting."