8:02am PT by Jackie Strause
'Black Mirror' Renewed for Season 5 at Netflix
Black Mirror is going to be right back.
The Netflix anthology from Charlie Brooker will return for a fifth season, the streaming giant announced Monday. A premiere date and episode count have yet to be announced.
Netflix confirmed the news with a teaser pointing to several critically praised episodes from Black Mirror's catalog and ended with a message referencing season two's "Be Right Back," which starred Hayley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson. The teaser, posted to social media (see below), played to the show's recognizable tune and is also one big Easter egg to season four's "Black Museum," which included a reference to nearly every episode of the series.
The future will be brighter than ever. pic.twitter.com/slVeg3VPd7
— Black Mirror (@blackmirror) March 5, 2018
After launching Black Mirror on the U.K.'s Channel 4, Brooker and executive producer Annabel Jones brought the techno-paranoia horror to Netflix for its critically acclaimed third season. "San Junipero," starring Gugu-Mbatha Raw and Mackenzie Davis, nabbed Brooker and the series two Emmys.
For the third and fourth season, Black Mirror has launched each cycle in two six-episode parts. "It puts us just on the cusp of a nervous breakdown — so it’s working!" Jones has previously told The Hollywood Reporter of the split model. "I think even a number seven would just do us in." Brooker added, "If it was seven, would our brains pop?"
The creative duo took their time when creating seasons three and four, as the series became more vast and ambitious in scope, aiming to tackle new genres and themes so as to remain unpredictable. The third season most notably delivered the show's first "happy ending" with "San Junipero" and its longest feature with "Hated in the Nation." The fourth season saw several firsts, including a space epic with "USS Callister" and the shortest and only black-and-white episode with "Metalhead." Jodie Foster also became the series' first female director with "Arkangel."
"You don’t want to hit the same bell again, even though it’s tempting. We have to be unpredictable with the show," Brooker has said.
While it can be expected that the pair will once again bring Black Mirror into uncharted territory as it continues to explore techno-paranoias and both human and digital consciousness, the seasons' past timelines should offer clues as to when to expect the next batch of Brooker-Jones gems: The third season launched its first batch of episodes in October 2016, while the fourth season launched just ahead of the New Year in December 2017.
Ahead of season four's launch, Jones was optimistic about Black Mirror's future looking bright when speaking to THR: "We love making the show. It’s an utter privilege to be able to curate six films. It’s the stuff of dreams."
Amid what is being called a "small-screen sci-fi renaissance," the Black Mirror renewal follows recent Netflix pickups for fantasy drama Altered Carbon and watercooler favorite Stranger Things, among others as the streamer continues to spend upwards of $8 billion on scripted originals.