Season 5 of ‘Black Mirror’ will be delayed because of ‘Bandersnatch’

'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' unsurprisingly was a time drain.
‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ unsurprisingly was a time drain.

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With its myriad of decisions and endings, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch certainly looked like a hell of a film (or game?) to put together.

So much so that in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, producer Annabel Jones confirmed that Season 5 of the Netflix series would be delayed, with an arrival set for sometime in 2019.

It’s due in part to the “enormous” creative time that the film took, and Jones herself had “forgotten” how many endings there are in Bandersnatch, although the widely distributed number is five

The show’s creator Charlie Brooker said there are definitely more endings though, where the unwieldy, wild nature of the choose-your-own-adventure story apparently has parts that are very difficult to reach, and may never be accessed.

Jones and Brooker used a storytelling tool developed by Netflix called Branch Manager, which allowed them to bring together the interactive film. 

What you won’t see in the forthcoming season, however, is interactivity. The episodes will be linear, and there will likely be a change in tone to the usual gut-wrenchingly sad stories we’re used to from Black Mirror by now.

“We’re doing more optimistic episodes and stories, rather than just dystopian and negative ones,” Brooker said in another interview with the New York Times. “We want to keep the show interesting for us.”

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