I’ve always loved a good anthology series, so naturally, I quickly fell head over heels for Netflix’s Black Mirror when I finally decided to check it out. The series originated on Channel 4 in the UK, before Netflix picked it up.
Black Mirror has so far produced four short seasons, totaling 18 normal episodes, one feature-length Christmas special, and the recently released interactive “choose your own adventure” movie called Bandersnatch.
While I won’t spoil particular episodes in this article, needless to say, Black Mirror has become well-known for its willingness to go with the harshest ending possible, including twists that would likely make Rod Serling proud.
Thankully, creator Charlie Brooker tells The New York Times that season 5 will see an increase in the amount of optimistic episodes. While it’s doubtful Black Mirror will suddenly become happy, it’ll at least be more hopeful.
“We’re doing more optimistic episodes and stories, rather than just dystopian and negative ones. We want to keep the show interesting for us.” – Brooker
While that’s nice to know, one thing that’s not clear is when season 5 will actually arrive. Netflix confirmed to The Verge that season 5 is set for a 2019 release, but no other specifics were provided. Hopefully it won’t be too long.
For those wondering why season 5 is taking so long, that actually has a lot to do with the complexities of Bandersnatch, with Brooker and co-showrunner Annabel Jones saying they spent an entire year working on it.