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Did you spot all these sneaky easter eggs in Black Mirror season three?

Could all of Charlie Brooker’s dystopian tales be set in the same Universe?

Published: Wednesday, 26th October 2016 at 10:00 am

Wipe away your tears/sweat: although you’ve just finished watching Black Mirror season three you’ve got to go back. Now. Why? You’ve probably missed a lot of Easter eggs that give weight to the biggest Black Mirror fan theory: all the episodes are set in the same universe.

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Thanks to certain Redditors and Black Mirror manics, we’ve seen how the last six episodes are interwoven in the same Black Mirror world (except San Junipero, the episode currently alluding the easter egg pattern).

Oh, and before you begin, please note this article contains MASSIVE spoilers. Obviously.

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What episode is this?

The one where the social ratings obsessed Lacie (Bryce Dallas Howard) has her own score take a sudden downturn (or nosedive, you might say).

What Easter eggs are there?

There are several callbacks to The National Anthem, the first ever Black Mirror episode where Prime Minister Michael Callow (Rory Kinnear) has to have sex with a pig live on TV.

Firstly, when Lacie is scrolling through her social feed, there’s an update from Callow saying "Just got thrown out of the zoo again :(". We're guessing the zookeepers saw the PM pork show...

Oh, and remember when Lacie hitches a ride with a few fans of show Sea of Tranquility? That’s a programme mentioned in The Nation Anthem. The special effects expert called in to the pig, urm, broadcast says he's worked on an "HBO moon western" called Sea of Tranquility.

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What episode is this?

The one where the easygoing and thrill-seeking Cooper (Wyatt Russell) is roped into an all-too-realistic horror game.

What Easter eggs are there?

There’s quite a few references to previous episodes here, stemming from all three series...

To 15 Million Merits (series 1)

Quite an obvious one this: Sonja, Cooper’s new London friend is played by Hannah John-Kamen – the same Hannah John-Kamen who played Selma Telse in the series one episode (the first winner of X-Factor-style show Hot Shots). Could Playtest be showing part of Sonja’s past?

To White Bear (series two)

Remember that 8-bit-esque symbol plastered around the second episode of series two? That appears on top of the equipment that transforms into the hit-the-gopher-game.

To Hated in the Nation (series three)

A blink and you’ll miss it moment: The magazine Sonja holds up showing Shou Saito, CEO of Saito, also references a company called Granular. Of course, Granular are the company behind the killer bees in the series three feature-length finale.

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What episode is this?

The one where 19-year-old Kenny stumbles headlong into an online blackmail scheme, and he’s quickly forced into an uneasy alliance with shifty Hector (Jerome Flynn, Bronn from Game of Thrones).

What Easter Eggs are there here?

There are a fair few callbacks jam-packed into this almighty depressing episode:

To White Bear (series two) and The National Anthem (series one)

In the unforgiving ending of Shut Up and Dance when all the blackmail victims find out their secrets have been leaked despite their efforts, the CEO who’s sent out “racist emails” opens up a news article.

Alongside it are two recommended stories. One says PM Michael Callow is getting a divorce (he’s not had much luck since having sex with a pig on TV in The National Anthem, has he?), and the other is for the “Victoria Skillane trial latest". Victoria Skillane is the woman forced to relive the same day indefinitely in White Bear.

To "Fifteen Million Merits" (Series One)

In the same screenshot as the previous two Easter Eggs comes this teeny tiny reference to another episode. Above the ‘racist email’ story is a tweet stating "Talent show 15 Million Merits launches next week".

Yes, the talent contest in series one is actually called ‘Hot Shots’, but, hey, we’re still counting this.

To White Christmas (Christmas special)

Another one from the CEO’s sidebar of shame: there’s an advert stating “ONE SMART COOKIE? Click to witness the kitchen tech of tomorrow". In White Christmas, Cookies are able to replicate somebody’s consciousness. And the ‘kitchen tech’? That’s a reference to the kitchen that main character Joe is trapped in throughout the episode. Very dark.

To The Waldo Moment (Series Two)

You can see Kenny has a sticker of Waldo – the annoying CGI blue blob that takes over the world – on his laptop. In other words, Kenny’s just the sort of guy who would vote for Waldo. Make of that of what you wish.

 

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What happens in this episode?

It’s the army one where Stripe (Malachi Kirby) and Raiman (Madeline Brewer) battle against the very-very-very-definitely-evil ‘roaches’.

What Easter eggs are there?

We’ve got just the one (so far) for this episode: Raiman sings Abi Khan's Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand), the song that Jessica Brown-Findlay sings in Hot Shots during the episode 15 Million Merits (series 1). Does Raiman only know that song from that show?

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What happens in this episode?

It’s the feature-length season finale – the one with the killer bees and Twitter trolls.

What Easter Eggs are there?

They’re absolutely everywhere during this 90-minute finale.

To The National Anthem (series one)

Alongside “#DEATHTO”, Michael Callow, the Prime Minister in the first ever Black Mirror, is trending.

And presuming Callow is still in power during this episode, it's his chancellor that's targeted by the killer bees in Hated in the Nation.

(This also might explain why part of the plot centres around the chancellor and not the PM, who’d you’d imagine would be at the top of the #DEATHTO list – the show doesn’t want to recycle characters, but wants the anchor all episodes in the same universe).

To The National Anthem (series one) and Hated in the Nation (series two)

The news reports you can see in this episode are broadcast on ‘UKN’, the same news network you can see in The National Anthem and White Christmas.

To White Bear (series two)

- Blue (Faye Marsay’s character) says she leaves police forensics due to the Ian Rannoch child killing case – he’s the man who killed a six-year-old girl with Victoria Skillane, the main character in the episode.

- Plus, a rolling news ticker on UKN says that Victoria Skillane’s case is thrown out of court.

- Besides ‘Michael Callow’ and #DEATHTO, “#FREETHEWHITEBEARONE” is trending on Twitter – White Bear Justice Park is the safari-type facility holding Victoria Skillane. However, not everyone wants her free – one person tweets “#DEATHTO Victoria Skillane” in the episode.

To Playtest (series three)

Another trend on twitter: “Harlech Shadow V”. That’s, of course, one of the games produced by Shou Saito.

Also, you can catch the words "Shou Saito announces immersive new gaming system" featuring on a news ticker during the episode. That’s the gaming system that Cooper tries out during the episode (and perhaps the technology that eventually goes on to feature in San Junipero?).

To "Men Against Fire" (Series three)

During a news item about the Chancellor being targeted by the #DEATHTO hashtage, the words "US military announces MASS project" can be seen on the news ticker. The MASS project is the one Stripe enrolls in that changes his perception of reality.

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