‘Black Mirror’: Will There Be More Season 5 Interactive Episodes like ‘Bandersnatch’?


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Black Mirror definitely made waves with its return with the episode, “Bandersnatch.” That’s because it was interactive with viewers choosing decisions for the show’s characters. But will the rest of Season 5 follow suit? Here is everything to know about that and whether the episode’s character could return.

There won’t be any more interactive episodes in Season 5 in Black Mirror

Black Mirror Creator, writer, producer Charlie Brooker and Executive Producer Annabel Jones speak onstage during IMDb LIVE at NY Comic-Con at Javits Center on October 7, 2017 in New York City.

Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for IMDb.com

“Bandersnatch” obviously got a lot of attention given it allows people to choose their own adventure. When creator, Charlie Brooker was asked by the New York Times what he’d say to others who hope to create something ineractive he said “Run away. It’s harder than you think.”

He revealed that creating the episode “was a huge nut to crack.” The episode took longer to shoot with five weeks, which actually pushed back the entire new season.

We knew going into it that it would be difficult and challenging and more complicated than a normal film that we would do. Even then, we underestimated,” Brooker told The Hollywood Reporter. “As the story expanded, I like to say that the story got longer and it got wider. So the whole thing started expanding a bit like an inflatable life raft in a small room.”

The creator also has no clue whether it will be judged like an episode or like a video game. Executive producer, Annabel Jones, however, said according to the New York Times. “It wasn’t really designed as a game. It was designed as a cinematic experience.”

Brooker said Colin Ritman could return in future episodes

Fionn Whitehead stars in 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'

Fionn Whitehead | Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

So if there won’t be any more interactive episode this season, what can fans expect? Well, Brooker told The Hollywood Reporter that Colin Ritman (Fionn Whitehead) might return in the future.

“Ostensibly, he could go on forever, because he’s both dead and not dead,” revealed the show’s creator. “I like the idea that he could show up anywhere. I could see him popping up in ‘San Junipero’ or running around in ‘White Bear.'”

That might not totally be surprising given the episode referenced past ones like “Metalhead.” Producer Russell McLean revealed to The Hollywood Reporter why they picked that episode. “We were looking for games that Colin Ritman [played by Will Poulter] had written and ‘Metalhead’ seemed like it would be a good one to do,” said McLean “because the chase scene is kind of a platform game. [Season four episode] ‘Nosedive’ became the falling game, a real game. But David thought the ‘Metalhead’ egg was too obvious.”

Season 5 will have more optimistic episodes

Maxine Peake in the Black Mirror Episode "Metalhead"

Maxine Peake in the Black Mirror Episode “Metalhead” | Netflix

So there won’t be any more interactive episodes in Season 5. But if you’re a fan who hopes to see more optimistic episodes, then you’ll be happy.”We’re doing more optimistic episodes and stories, rather than just dystopian and negative ones,” Charlie Booker said. “We want to keep the show interesting for us.”

“Bandersnatch” was released by itself on Dec. 28, 2019. Season 5 of Black Mirror won’t premiere until later in 2019.

Read more: Who Stars in Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’ Movie ‘Bandersnatch?’

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