Black Mirror Season 5 just came out June 5 on Netflix, but there were only three episodes, and fans are greedy for more. So what's the story with Black Mirror Season 6? Producers Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones have hinted to writing new material -- for Season 6 or possibly for the rumored "USS Callister" spinoff -- but Netflix has yet to officially announce Season 6 or any new Black Mirror content.
We got "Bandersnatch" as an interactive standalone event in December 2018, and then the three new episodes in June 2019. The first two seasons of Black Mirror also had three episodes, followed by the special "White Christmas," but then fans got spoiled with six episodes each for Season 3 and Season 4.
Charlie Brooker explained that "Bandersnatch" was originally part of Season 5, but it was so complex to film they decided to have it as a standalone entity, and separately release the three episodes we call Season 5.
If you're a Black Mirror fan, you're used to searching for clues, so Charlie Brooker's words to THR including "while we write some more" sounded like a good sign for Season 6.
TheWrap asked Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones if we'd be getting any new content this December 2019, since that's a traditional Black Mirror premiere month. The site asked specifically about both Black Mirror Season 6 and the rumors of a "USS Callister" spinoff. Brooker's voice got high when trying to dodge the question:
Annabel Jones noted that they're "always working" but Netflix hasn't given them the green light on anything official yet.
She echoed that it's not clear what they can and can't say yet, since we're only one week out from the premiere of Black Mirror Season 5.
The Hollywood Reporter also tried to get specifics on how many seasons of Black Mirror they envision.
Netflix has been notoriously cancel-happy lately. If Netflix cancels Black Mirror there would be an outcry, and maybe someone else would try to pick it up. The first two seasons of the British show aired on Channel 4, before Netflix bought the show in 2015 and we got on the six-episode track. But that means we just had our third season from Netflix, and Netflix tends to get particularly antsy about the cost of things after Season 3, based on their funky cost ratio.
However, Netflix would be crazy to dump Black Mirror if Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones have more to say, and it sounds like they do have more ideas. One of those ideas sounds connected to the popular Season 4 episode (and Emmy winner) "USS Callister."
USS Callister co-star Jimmy Simpson previously told TheWrap that Charlie Brooker has "really fucking awesome" ideas for how Black Mirror could revisit the 2017 episode.
And Charlie Brooker's voice got high in that interview when asked about Black Mirror Season 6 and a "USS Callister" spinoff, so I'm going to go ahead and read into that and hope a spinoff will be included in Season 6. The Black Mirror episodes always connect to each other through easter eggs, but this would be the first official spinoff -- if it happens.
Stay tuned for updates on Black Mirror Season 6, and go bug Netflix on Twitter -- basically the real Smithereen app -- to tell them you need another season.
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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