dystopian science fiction black mirror will return to Netflix for a sixth season. For a while, many worried about seeing the end of the show. Fortunately, this is not the case. After a long wait of about three years, we are finally getting more episodes. If you’re wondering what kept the show in limbo for so long, there’s actually a good reason.
Even though Netflix is getting a lot of backlash for dropping fan-favorite shows, that wasn’t the case here. Creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones have worked hard to make this season happen. They created their own production company, Broke & Bones. Unfortunately, they did not retain the rights to black mirror. Their parent company, Endemol Shine Group, still owned them. Banijay Group eventually acquired Endemol, but Booker and Jones were able to strike a deal. In the meantime, they have also worked on projects like Dead to 2020 and Dead to 2021.
There were even doubts about the fate of the entire Brooker project. In a interview with Radio schedules, he announced that he really didn’t know if the world was up for the dark stories he created. He said:
At the moment, I don’t know what stomach there would be for stories of collapsing societies, so I’m not working on any of them. I’m kind of wanting to brush up on my comic book skills, so I wrote scripts aimed at making me laugh.
To some extent, he’s right. After some of the events the world has seen recently, we’ve even seen a shift in comedy, darker shows like BoJack Rider to wholesome shows like Ted Lasso. But the unique brand of paranoid, nauseating science fiction that black mirror the offerings were sorely missed, perhaps as entertainment for some and as a method of coping for others.
As you can imagine, with the formula entirely based on the twist black mirror builds, few details have been leaked about the new season. That being said, we know this will continue Season 5’s formula of high production value and long-running cinematic episodes.