‘Black Mirror’ Creator Not Sure If Audiences Could Stomach Another Season At The Moment

Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones attend Todd Yellin panel during Netflix 'See What's Next' event at Villa Miani on April 18, 2018 in Rome, Italy
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Netflix’s Black Mirror has been known for creating dystopian universes that give audiences unparalleled ideas of what the world could potentially resemble if technology were to run rampant. With the world currently in the grips of a global pandemic, show creator Charlie Brooker wants to steer clear of adding to the current panic.

The fifth season of Black Mirror was released June of 2019 with only three episodes. In an interview with Radio Times, Brooker spoke on the uncertain future of the British science fiction series and what fans of the show can expect.

“At the moment, I don’t know what stomach there would be for stories about societies falling apart, so I’m not working away on one of those,” he said, in reference to future episodes.

Brooker also vaguely spoke on other projects and ventures he would be interested in exploring instead, including comedy.

“I’m sort of keen to revisit my comic skill set, so I’ve been writing scripts aimed at making myself laugh,” he teased.

Release dates for previous seasons have been inconsistent, so it’s still possible for a new set of episodes to happen at a later time.

Prior to the Radio Times interview, Brooker spoke with Digital Spy in November 2019 on the future of Black Mirror, which he called the scheduling of the show “pretty flexible.”

“I don’t think there’s anything to stop us. We could do one-offs, we could do an ongoing story, we could do spinoffs,” he said.

Black Mirror has a star-studded cast across all five seasons, which most recently included award-winning actor Anthony Mackie and Miley Cyrus.

With each season having new actors, Brooker wasn’t able to confirm ideas for new faces in their techno-thriller world. However, he notes given the show’s international success, fans can expect more big names along with plenty of Easter eggs.

The show has received three Emmys for Outstanding Television Movie for episodes “San Junipero,” “USS Callister,” and “Bandersnatch,” which is an interactive choose-your-own-adventure episode.

In addition, as reported by IndieWire, Episode 2 of Season 5, “Smithereens,” will compete for a 2020 Emmy. For this submission, Netflix needed to make an official appeal to be able to enter due to the episode falling below the 75-minute cutoff time by five minutes. The episode will be submitted for the Outstanding Television Movie category.

Executive Producer Annabel Jones, and co-showrunner alongside Brooker, has not made a public comment on the indefinite pause of the sixth season.