It's been two years since Netflix released Black Mirror Season 5, and now, fans of the sci-fi dystopian anthology series want to know if there are any plans to release new episodes for a new season.
Created by Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror showcases thought-provoking science fiction stories in a Twilight Zone-style format, featuring talented stars, resulting in one absolutely unique experience.
Brooker first created the series for Channel 4 before making its way to Netflix for seasons 3-5. Netflix also released an interactive film Bandersnatch, and the entire series has seen an impressive line-up of big name stars, including Miley Cyrus, Letitia Wright, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Oona Chaplin, Haley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson, Hannah John-Kammen, Jesse Plemons, Will Poulter, among others.
Black Mirror's unique narrative has showcased killer dog robots, a pop star's A.I., cartoon characters running for office, crazy Matrix-style video game simulations, and more mind-blowing technology ever imagined, and most of these captivating stories provide social commentary to our dark reality, so it's not surprising that fans want to see more Black Mirror episodes.
Here's everything you need to know about the potential sixth season of Black Mirror, release date, plot, cast, and more.
How many seasons of Black Mirror and specials are there?
There are currently five complete seasons of Black Mirror available to stream on Netflix. The episode amount for each season varies, and as previously mentioned, the first two seasons were initially released on Channel 4 in December 2011 and February 2013, but Season 3 premiered on Netflix in 2016, and the fourth and fifth seasons were released in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
A Christmas special called White Christmas was also released in December 16, 2014. Netflix also released an interactive film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch starring Will Poulter and Fionn Whitehead.
Black Mirror Season 6 confirmation status: Is Netflix going to release Season 6?
Netflix already confirmed the sixth season of Black Mirror, Variety reports, and according to the source close to the production, latest season is even more cinematic in scope, with each installment being treated as an individual movie.
Charlie Brooker and Annabell Jones, the showrunners of Black Mirror, announced in January 2020 that they were departing the show's production company with Endemol Shine group owning the rights to the show. Since then, Brooker and Jones have formed a new production company called Broke and Bones, which has a deal with Netflix for other projects.
However, because Endemol still holds the rights to Black Mirror, Brooker and Jones can't continue to make more episodes. Brooker also told the Radio Times that he isn't sure if people want to see Black Mirror Season 6 after the COVID-19 pandemic, and that he's more focused on comedic projects.
In the summer of 2019, Banijay Group purchased Endemol. Cathy Payne, head of Banijay's distribution department, told Variety that there's a chance Black Mirror Season 6 could happen in the near future. Given the popularity of the show, it's likely that Banijay and Netflix will revive the series with new episodes.
Now, evidently, a deal was finally made between Netflix and Banijay Rights— the distribution arm of the company that holds both the format and finished-tape rights to the show — has finally licensed the series to Netflix.
Black Mirror Season 6 Release Date: When will new episodes come out?
At the time of this article's publication, Netflix hasn't announced an official release date yet, and there are no previews released so far so it's likely that the streaming giant won't release a new season this year.
However, since the COVID-19 pandemic has become less problematic thanks to vaccinations, more and more film and TV projects have continued their production, so if Netflix and Banijay confirm an agreement by next year, it's likely that Black Mirror Season 6 will be released by 2023. However, since there's still no update about the show's revival, it's unlikely that new episodes will be released in 2022.
How many episodes of Black Mirror Season 6 are coming out?
The first two seasons of Black Mirror and Season 5 have three episodes each. Seasons 3 and 4 consists of six episodes each, so it's likely that Black Mirror Season 6 will have around 3 to 6 new episodes
According to Variety, Season 6 will have more episodes than Season 5, which comprised of just three episodes.
Netflix usually announces the episode titles of the new season when they premiere a trailer.
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Black Mirror Season 6 Cast: Who will star in the new season?
Since Netflix hasn't confirmed Black Mirror Season 6 yet, there are currently no official confirmation on who will star in the potentially upcoming episodes, but according to Variety, it will feature an all-star cast that includes Zazie Beetz (Deadpool), Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You), Josh Hartnett, Aaron Paul, Kate Mara, Danny Ramirez, Clara Rugaard, Auden Thornton and Anjana Vasan will all have major roles in the show's sixth run, though a spokesperson for Netflix has stressed that the reports are as yet unconfirmed.
At the premiere of Bullet Train , Zazie Beetz revealed that she had actually wrapped up filming in June 2022. Of course, she didn't reveal any details about the episode, but when asked by Deadline if it was fun, she said:
“I wouldn’t say my character is having a lot of fun, but…I think there’s a really great tongue-in-cheek dark element to it, premonition kind of element. The mirror reflecting back on us.”
On Aug. 18, Deadline reported that the Under the Banner of Heaven and Signs star Rory Culkin will star in an episode of Black Mirror Season 6. Details are still scarce about his role.
On Aug. 19, Variety reported that Salma Hayek and Annie Murphy are in talks to join the cast of Black Mirror Season 6
On Sept. 2, it was reported that Emmy-nominated comedian Rob Delaney joined the cast of Black Mirror Season 6, but details about his role are still being kept under wraps.
Black Mirror Season 6 trailer - Has Netflix released a trailer for the new season?
Netflix hasn't released a trailer for Black Mirror Season 6 yet, but for now, you can watch the trailer for one of the episodes from Season 5 to remind us how awesome this show is.
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