With Black Mirror Season 5 quickly approaching, more information about the season’s 3 new episode has arrived. In late May, individual episode trailers were released that gave fans even more insight into the themes, plot, and look of the new season. The trailers are just the latest bit of intel that we have as Black Mirror once again prepares to tell us more tale of the terrifying side effects of our technology obsession.
In between Season 4, which landed on Netflix in December 2017, and the upcoming Season 5, fans were treated to the interactive (and thoroughly unnerving) movie Bandersnatch. It was all well and good trying clicking through and deciding the fates of different characters in an alternate ‘80s world that talked about the pros and cons of free will, but fans are hungry for more! Thankfully, the latest trailer promises a season that will satiate that hunger for a long time to come.
Here’s what we know about Black Mirror Season 5, including the release date, cast, and plot details.
Possible light spoilers for Black Mirror Season 5 below.
When Is the Black Mirror Season 5 Release Date?
In addition to the release of the Season 5 trailer in May 2019, Variety reported Season 5’s release date will be Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
Previously, 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 date for Black Mirror’s interactive movie Bandersnatch, much like the standalone episode, “White Christmas,” which was released on December 16, 2014.
The reason for the delay between Bandersnatch and the rest of Season 5 was the massive undertaking it took to create a choose-your-own-adventure narrative for a streaming platform. More complex than a typical Black Mirror episode, Bandersnatch featured multiple endings and allowed users to make multiple choices that led them down different paths throughout the film.
At the time, 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 this, telling THR 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. So it did take an enormous amount of time and as a result, then season five sort of gets shifted back a little bit.”
Is There a Season 5 Trailer Yet?
The official trailer for Season 5 was released on Wednesday, May 14, 2019 (scroll up to the top of the page to watch). The trailer promises 3 new stories for Black Mirror fans to sink their teeth into with lots of new celebs having signed on, including Miley Cyrus, Topher Grace, Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Scott, and Angourie Rice.
Previously, the only official video fans had to quench their Black Mirror thirst was a teaser that confirming there would be a Season 5, but didn’t reveal any new footage.
How Many Episodes Are There in Season 5?
Per Season 5’s IMDb, there will be 3 episodes in the new season. This is the first time since Season 1 that a Black Mirror season has been 3 episodes long (it’s unclear if Bandersnatch is officially considered part of Season 5 or is truly a standalone episode).
The first episode is titled “Striking Vipers” and will star Mackie, Abdul-Mateen II, and Sleepy Hollow alum Nicole Beharie. Episode 2, titled “Smithereens” stars Sherlock alum Scott. The final episode, “Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too”, stars Rice and Cyrus.
What Do We Know About Black Mirror Season 5 Episode Plots and Cast?
On May 21, trailers for each episode were released that gave us a better look at what we can expect in each episode.
In “Striking Vipers” we follow Mackie’s character, who seems to be stuck in a comfortable rut with his wife (played by Beharie). Mackie’s character finds himself more and more drawn to the different worlds through his phone screen, searching for excitement outside of his marriage with the help of his friend (played by Abdul-Mateen’s character) who encourages his exploration. As the couple grows further apart while pretending nothing is wrong, Mackie’s character grows more and more distant from his wife.
Bandersnatch actually teased the second episode, “Smithereens”. In the TV movie, a news ticker appears on a TV and reads, “Committee Grills Smithereen CEO Billy Bauer Over Russian Bots.”
The “Smithereens” trailer doesn’t provide any further clues about that Russian bot business but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of trouble brewing in this intense episode. “Smithereens” will follow Scott’s character, a driver for a rideshare service who is looking to find some peace and connection as he observes society’s obsession with screens. One of his fares goes wrong when he learns he passenger works for Smithereen, a tech company, and decides to take him hostage as his mind unravels with paranoia.
As seen in the trailer for “Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too”, Rice’s character is a teenager who has no friends but is eager to find some. She seeks out friendship from a doll-like android modeled off a famous pop star (both voiced and played by Cyrus) looking for a way to connect more with her fans. Cyrus’s pop star character is losing her own sense of self as she struggles to find meaning in her work and soon, her own angst begins to get channeled into the doll that is modeled after her.
News of Cyrus’s involvement in Season 5 first emerged in December 2018 when she confirmed her casting but didn’t delve into detail [on The Howard Stern Show]((https://mashable.com/article/miley-cyrus-black-mirror-season-five/#lb5.S5lpuqqL).
Will Any Season 5 Episodes Be Sequels to Previous Episodes?
It still remains unclear if any of the new episodes will be direct sequels, but you can bet your bottom dollar that there will be plenty of Black Mirror Easter eggs in these new episodes, linking them to the larger Black Mirror universe.
There was a rumor in November 2018 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.
Black Mirror Season 5 arrives to Netflix on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
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