There are so many unanswered questions
Since Netflix purchased the rights to this disturbingly brilliant anthology series, Black Mirror has been taken to a new level. The recent peaked success of the show has left fans craving more. Although, Netflix has been relatively silent. But, finally, are reaching closer to another jaw-dropping season?
It has been three long years since the last season of Black Mirror. During this time, forums have been packed with fan theories and predictions about whether we will get a new series. However, Variety magazine recently reported a new season is “shaping up” and casting is now underway!
A source close to the production leaked the information to Variety, “the latest season is even more cinematic in scope, with each instalment being treated as an individual film. This is, of course, in line with recent seasons of ‘Black Mirror’, for which episodes usually exceeded 60 minutes and had incredibly high production values.” So, not only will there be more episodes, but they will also be of good quality and created on a big budget.
The news follows a succession of doubtful interviews given by the show’s creator, Charlie Brooker, who hinted at pursuing other ventures and a lack of appetite for Black Mirror, “At the moment, I don’t know what stomach there would be for stories about societies falling apart, so I’m not working away on one of those. I’m sort of keen to revisit my comic skill set, so I’ve been writing scripts aimed at making myself laugh” – he said, referencing the real world, which is falling apart in an ironically similar way to the show.
Talking about the pandemic, Brooker mentions, “If you’ve spent years anticipating the worst, oddly, when the worst happens, you can stop worrying about that possibly happening because it has,” he said. “So I’m dealing with this on a personal level far better than I would have anticipated.”
For those who have been living under a rock, Black Mirror is a collection of individual episodes that span a variety of different genres, of which most are set in near-future dystopias, utilising science-fiction technology and speculative fiction. The episodes map out scenarios for our doomed future, in an attempt to comment on contemporary social issues. The UK’s Channel 4 was the home to Black Mirror, but as the show gained a quick following, streaming giant Netflix quickly snapped up the rights.
The thrill of Black Mirror is that it transports the viewer to a creepy scenario that could be a reality at some point in the near or distant future. However, the unexpected global pandemic turned out to be an uncanny potential Black Mirror episode plot. Can the producers continue to creep out viewers when their own lives are mapped with uncertainty and melancholy?