Charlie Brooker confirmed that filming for the new episodes was underway in March. As season four was released in late December 2017, fans had expected that season five would be released in December 2018.
However, currently Netflix has not mentioned Black Mirror in any of its December release schedules.
That said, the streaming service could be planning to spring a surprise release. A swiftly deleted tweet from an official Netflix sci-fi account reportedly revealed that a new episode of Black Mirror titled ‘Bandersnatch’ would be released on Friday 28th December. Just like in 2017, that would mean that the series would drop just before the new year. Whether this is just a standalone episode or a full series is also a mystery.
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Netflix has remained firmly silent about any potential surprise episode however.
What do we know about Black Mirror season five episode ‘Bandersnatch’?
Officially, nothing at all. However, as intriguingly retros set photos from filming earlier this year suggest (see below), the episode could be set in 1980s Britain.
Fans have been quick to theorise about what the title ‘Bandersnatch’ could refer to. A bandersnatch is a character in Lewis Carroll’s Through The Looking Glass and nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark.
However, perhaps more intriguingly, the title could also refer to a 1984 computer game project that never saw the light of day.
Poster for ‘Bandersnatch’ the game, a project which never saw the light of day — the game was developed in 1984, the same year ‘Bandersnatch’ the Black Mirror episode takes place (which we know as a set photo shows Bob Marley’s ‘Legend’ at #1 on the charts inside a record store) pic.twitter.com/SlzbERQHuR
Charlie Brooker has already stated that season five features “the most complicated thing we’ve ever done”, so perhaps it makes sense that a single episode would be released in the usual December slot while the rest of season five is completed.
Is there a trailer?
No, not yet. Netflix did, however, release a nostalgic clip featuring footage from previous seasons, to announce that the show would “be right back” with season 5.
Subsequently, the Black Mirror production crew and cast were spotted filming in south London Croydon in April. Residents were informed of this via a letter which confirmed the show would be occupying the roads of “beautiful” Croydon.
What is going to happen in Black Mirror season five?
Brooker and Jones have been tight-lipped about stories for the new episodes thus far.
However, as mentioned above, set pictures spotted in Croydon suggest that at least one of the episodes will be set in 1980s Britain. Several of the shots show a retro WHSmith kitted out with old school magazines, books and classic vinyl. Check out the pictures below for a gust of nostalgia.
Apparently they are filming a Black Mirror set in The Past, so naturally they're in Croydon. See vintage WH Smith and Chelsea Girl. pic.twitter.com/q54HQZChoT
One thing we can be pretty certain of, is that season five will once again be a set of standalone episodes, despite cries from fans for Brooker to produce a sequel to the beloved 1980s utopia-set San Junipero from the season 3.
“In terms of a sequel to San Junipero, no, certainly not in its current form – I don’t think we’d revisit those characters unless we had a really, really good reason,” Brooker told NME. “And I very much doubt that we would do that as an episode. Maybe as a graphic novel or some sort of commemorative biscuit; but we wouldn’t want to pick that apart and tinker with it, as we’d like to leave Kelly and Yorkie where they are.”
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