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'Black Mirror' Creator Isn't Sure Fans Could Stomach New Season Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Pedro Marrero
May 08, 2020
10:30 P.M.
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The British screenwriter and producer gave an update on the sci-fi anthology series upcoming season, and fans of the Netflix show won’t be happy about it. We can blame it on COVID-19.

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49-year-old “Black Mirror” creator Charlie Brooker recently sat for an interview with Radio Times on which he discussed what he is working on during these pandemic times, and surprisingly, his most famous show isn’t included.

Charlie Brooker attends the "Black Mirror" photocall during the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival 2019 at BFI Southbank on April 14, 2019 in London, England. I Image: Getty Images.

Charlie Brooker attends the "Black Mirror" photocall during the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival 2019 at BFI Southbank on April 14, 2019 in London, England. I Image: Getty Images.

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According to Brooker, considering the dystopian nature of his signature series, and given the current COVID-19 situation and all the fears surrounding it, this is not the right moment to work on a sixth season of the show, telling Laura Morris:

“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.”

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Brooker added that he was instead revisiting his “comic skill sets” by “writing scripts aimed at making [himself] laugh.”

THE LONGEST WAIT

As Business Insider noted, without a new season of “Black Mirror” in developing at this point, by the time the series returns to our screens and devices for the sixth season it would have been the longest wait for new content in the show’s history.

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If it is true that there was a more than one-year gap between seasons four and five, that wait was alleviated by the release of the interactive movie “Bandersnatch,” which premiered in December 2018.

TIME TO RE-WATCH

Netflix has changed the way we all consume series, and the platform has made binge-watching a common practice, with people enjoying the possibility of having an entire season available at once.

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But as Brooker once shared with Collider, he doesn’t consider “Black Mirror” a show that should be watched in this fashion, since each episode has a lot of shock value to digest.

“I don’t know that we’re really much of a binge-watching show, because it’s a bit like being hit by a car. How many times can you get hit by a car in one day?” Brooker told the news outlet in 2016.

So, now that we know that we are in the long wait for a new season of the series, it would be the perfect time to go back and re-watch the older episodes one day at a time.

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