Given how unusual and different Black Mirror: Bandersnatch has already proven itself to be, it’s almost hard to think about the normal show in the same way — even if it is certainly also its own brand of weird and wonderful.
In this article, though, we do at least want to kick-start a debate as to when season 5 could premiere, though Netflix certainly isn’t going to be keen to give out many details. The only information that is really out there is some that suggests that work on season 5 began many months ago — Charlie Brooker hinted at more than one episode being in the works earlier this year, so you can probably take that as a sign that this movie is not meant to constitute an entire season.
Yet, Netflix has not released a formal episode count for the remainder of the season, and while we’d love to see another four or five episodes, we could end up getting less than that. The whole idea of doing a choose-your-own-adventure movie like this is still so new that there are so many production-related questions we wonder, such as the buildup / filming time for this in comparison to the average episode.
Odds are, more Black Mirror will come in 2019; above all else, though, just know that this was not meant to be some sort of wrap-up to the entire series. The real joy in this show more so than anything else is that it could really last however long Brooker wants it to. There’s no real limit to the stories because anyone can start watching at any time. There’s not some sort of pressing need for you to know every single detail about the story to keep up and this is a show that can continue to move forward without fail. We certainly don’t think that Netflix will be getting rid of it after #Bandersnatch trended #1 for the vast majority of the day on Twitter. (Heck, the movie is so popular that a misspelling of the word ended up trending.)
One thing that we do feel reasonably confident in assuming is that Netflix will give a little bit more lead-up time before the next Black Mirror premieres, largely because they don’t really need to replicate the same promotional strategy that they did here in the event that they are shifting back to do more standard episodes. (After something like this, it’s certainly possible that they are going to do something else, or at least try to, that blows the form right open.)
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