This 'Bandersnatch' Easter Egg Could Give Major Clues To 'Black Mirror' Season Five
Charlie Brooker and the Black Mirror team love an Easter egg, and the choose-your-own-adventure episode 'Bandersnatch' which dropped just after Christmas provided an entire battery farm's worth of them. One in particular hints at where a much-anticipated season five episode might lead.
This gets quite spoiler-y, so if you've not played through 'Bandersnatch' yet you might want to give it a miss.
In one of the alternate endings to 'Bandersnatch' - there are 10 in all - a games developer called Pearl Ritman is chatting to a news channel about trying to adapt the abandoned Bandersnatch game for Netflix in 2018. In the news ticker crawling across the bottom of the screen, there are loads of nods to other Black Mirror episodes: in this universe, for instance, the Prime Minister who banged a pig in 'The National Anthem' has won Celebrity Bake-Off, which is nice.
One news line looks like it hints at an upcoming episode though: "Committee Grills Smithereen CEO Billy Bauer Over Russian Bots". Bauer and his bots have never been mentioned before, and as we know 'Smithereens' is the name of an upcoming episode - thanks very much to Kent County Council's Twitter account, which gave the game away in a hastily deleted tweet last year - it sounds like they'll be in season five.
"The #BlackMirror Season 5 episode 'Smithereens' was filmed in Harrietsham in Maidstone and production also filmed on Church Road and a field in Gravesend," the tweet read. There's a bit more info on the Kent Film Office website too: "Production returned to Harrietsham in Maidstone, where previous filming took place for the season 4 Black Mirror: Metal Head episode. This season, the production used the interior of Fairbourne Reservoir East as a city boardroom interior."
Any clues there? It was bad enough when Black Mirror was critiquing social media and the moral quandaries which arise when idiot humans start using smart tech, but if it's going to start taking potshots at roads and fields we're out.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.
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