Black Mirror fans recently got a new “film” in the form of an interactive experience titled Bandersnatch, but by now we’re more than ready for new episodes. Season 5 is still in the works and expected at some point in 2019, but exactly when remains a mystery.
Here’s everything there is to know about the Black Mirror Season 5 release date, trailer, episodes, cast, spoilers, and more. And be sure to check back soon. We’ll be updating this post with all the latest news about everyone’s favorite dystopic TV show.
Possible light spoilers for Black Mirror Season 5 below.
When Is the Black Mirror Season 5 Release Date?
Netflix has yet to announce when it will release the new episodes other than they should be available sometime in 2019.
Fans thought that a deleted tweet from verified account @NXonNetflix with a release date of December 28, 2018, for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (seen below) revealed the Season 5 release date.
However, that turned out to simply be the interactive movie Bandersnatch, much like Netflix released the standalone episode, “White Christmas,” on December 16, 2014.
Season 4 was released on December 29, 2017, but fans are hoping that doesn’t mean that they’ll have to wait until the end of the year for new episodes.
What we do know is the reason for the delay in Season 5: Bandersnatch. Creatively, it was more complex than a typical Black Mirror episode because it features multiple endings and allows users to make multiple choices that lead them down different paths throughout the film.
Creator and writer Charlie Brooker admitted to The Hollywood Reporter that they “underestimated” how “difficult and challenging and more complicated” the film would be.
Executive producer Annabel Jones echoed that. “There’s so much content and not reflected in the content is the craftsmanship, and what you have to take out to make the world exist — or feel as if it does exist in one cohesive world,” she told THR. “So it did take an enormous amount of time and as a result, then season five sort of gets shifted back a little bit.”
While earlier reports suggested that Bandersnatch could mean significant delays for the rest of Black Mirror Season 5, a recent interview with Brooker revealed that new episodes are “imminent-ish.”
“It’ll be out soon,” he told RadioTimes.com.
Is There a Season 5 Trailer Yet?
The only official video out for the new season is the teaser that confirmed there is going to be a Season 5 without sharing any new footage.
Netflix didn’t release the trailer for Bandersnatch until the day before it was available, but hopefully the streaming service won’t do the same for the new episodes. It’s possible we could get a trailer when Netflix announces the Season 5 release date.
How Many Episodes Are There in Season 5?
We don’t know yet. Seasons 1 and 2 had three episodes each. However, that number doubled since the series moved over to Netflix from its original home on Britain’s Channel 4.
Brooker even told The Hollywood Reporter that six is “a good number.”
However, with Brooker comparing creating the interactive movie Bandersnatch to putting together four Black Mirror episodes in an interview with THR, it’s unclear what that could mean for Season 5’s episode count.
Will Any Season 5 Episodes Be Sequels to Previous Episodes?
There was a rumor in November that we could be getting sequel episodes to both the “White Bear” and “San Junipero” episodes from Seasons 2 and 3, respectively. Brooker denied that rumor on Twitter, though his response and the original tweet were since deleted. (Noticing a pattern here?)
What Do We Know About Black Mirror Season 5 Episodes, Plots, and Cast?
There have been rumors that Miley Cyrus will appear in a Season 5 episode, and she reportedly confirmed as much on The Howard Stern Show by nodding when the host asked, according to Mashable. However, beyond that, no one has commented
Bandersnatch may have also teased at least one Season 5 episode. The choose-your-own-adventure story was packed with Easter eggs referencing previous episodes, however, one line may hint at the show’s future.
A news ticker that appears on a TV in Bandersnatch reads, “Committee Grills Smithereen CEO Billy Bauer Over Russian Bots.” The Russian bots controversy seems like a topic tailor-made Black Mirror, and we already know there’s an upcoming episode titled “Smithereens” thanks to a previous leak. Now we may know what it’s about.
Black Mirror Season 5 will be available on Netflix.
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