Black Mirror Season 5: Everything We Know So Far

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Black Mirror is returning to Netflix for season 5. Although we don’t know an official release date just yet, we do know plenty about the upcoming season of the dark sci-fi series. Here’s everything we know about Black Mirror season 5.

Just a brief look over what the series is about and why you should be watching in case you’re not already. The series comes from Great Britain where Charlie Brooker, a talented comedian and writer started an anthology series on Channel 4 several years ago. Two seasons released under Channel 4 and Netflix secured the international distribution rights. Thanks to the growth in the audience under Netflix, they made an offer to Brooker to secure the series and produce additional series. Season 3 and 4 have been the most ambitious to date.

Each episode begins with a new concept usually regarding technology.

Note: this is a live article and will be updated up until the release of season 5. Every time there’s a new news story regarding the show we’ll republish to reflect the additional information. You can subscribe to updates at the bottom of the article.

Black Mirror Season 4 Recap

The latest season of Black Mirror was the biggest in the series history. Brooker stated that season 4 is more full of hope than previous seasons and he was somewhat right. Hang the DJ remains the standout episode with Metalhead being the most different from what we’ve seen before.

We’d also be remiss not to mention the final episode in the season given us the biggest hint that Black Mirror exists in the same universe. We saw multiple exhibits from previous episodes and lapses too.


Do the easter eggs give us any hints for season 5?

At this point, there’s simply no doubt that Black Mirror exists in a shared universe. How they’re connected isn’t quite obvious but the final episode of season 4 as we just mentioned was chock full of easter eggs. We can’t mention each one but there were a few we didn’t recognise which could signify what’s to come in later episodes.


When did Black Mirror get renewed?

The renewal of Black Mirror season 5 came in early 2018 with a series of tweets from the shows official twitter account. We also had direct confirmation from Netflix themselves regarding new episodes.


How far is Black Mirror season 5 into production?

As of the initial time of publishing (06/13/2018), it’s been confirmed that the series has already begun filming.

One episode is being filmed in Croydon, London, England and that occurred in April 2018.

Episode 1 has finished shooting and is now “picture-locked”.

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How many episodes will there be?

We fully expect to follow the trend of the previous two seasons and release with six episodes. Not all episodes are the same length with the season finale often being 20 to 30 minutes longer than the traditional hour-long episodes.


What to expect from season 5

Charlie Brooker, (center left), and crew pose with their Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special for ‘Black Mirror’ at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)

Season 4 departed regularly from tones and stories that season 3 premiered and that looks to be the same thing in season 5. Coming up to season 4, we were told the theme of season 4 was hope.

Speaking to THR, one of the show’s creators Annabel Jones said: “We’re experimenting with new genres.”. Charlie Brooker added: “We try to do things that are markedly different from what we’ve done before, so I think hopefully we’ve got that.”


Do we know any of the episode names for season 5?

With filming only just starting, there’s virtually no information regarding the content of new episodes just yet. We’ll update the second this changes.

We won’t know the full episode names until Charlie Brooker opens up about the new season which is expected to be around 1-2 months before it releases.


When will season 5 of Black Mirror be on Netflix?

In previous years, Netflix has always released new episodes of Black Mirror in the fall of each year. Last year, it arrived in December and the year before that in October. Although no official release date has been revealed yet, we do think it’s possible we may not see the new season arrive this year. Instead, we think it’s more likely that it’ll arrive in the first several months of 2019.

Further evidence to this is that the fact that between the Q2 earnings call, the TCA 2018 and comic-con announcements, there’s been no mention of Black Mirror season 5. That means we’re definitely looking at a 2019 release date.


A new book is coming out called ‘Inside Black Mirror’

It was announced in July that a new book is going to released around the series.

According to Penguin Books: “This is the first official book logs the entire Black Mirror journey, from its origins in creator Charlie Brooker’s mind to its current status as one of the biggest cult TV shows to emerge from the UK. Alongside a collection of astonishing behind-the-scenes imagery and ephemera, Brooker and producer Annabel Jones will detail the creative genesis, inspiration and thought process behind each film for the first time, while key actors, directors and other creative talents relive their own involvement.”

The new book is to be released in November 2018 and can be pre-ordered now.


There are rumours of a spinoff for “USS Callister”

Season 4 – Episode 1 Black Mirror USS Callister

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones discussed the origin behind the USS Callister episode. More importantly, they discussed the idea of a sequel or prequel to the episode.

Annabel Jones said: “I can neither confirm nor deny.” with Charlie adding “The ending scene almost plays like it’s taunting you [for a sequel] because they end up in a universe of infinite possibilities, and there’s a lot of question marks we’ve left hanging.”.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty positive to me.


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Kasey Moore

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