With Black Mirror dormant since season 5 hit Netflix in 2019, is season 6 going to happen? If so, when will it release? Here’s what we know so far.
Is Black Mirror season 6 happening on Netflix, and if so, when will it release? Created by Charlie Brooker, the anthology series originally premiered in 2011 and has captivated viewers with its provocative commentaries about modern culture and technology. But Black Mirror season 6 has been a question mark for two years.
Black Mirror season 5 premiered in June 2019 after an extended hiatus, but with only three new episodes. In “Striking Vipers,” Anthony Mackie portrays a man struggling with romance in both his real-life and within a virtual reality, while “Smithereens” features Andrew Scott as a cab driver tormented by a fateful mistake involving his phone. In the season 5 finale, “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too,” Miley Cyrus stars as a pop singer who experiences unique forms of consciousness.
Black Mirror always keeps people buzzing on social media, but the series has proven to be unpredictable with its release schedule. After Brooker expressed doubts that Black Mirror season 6 would happen, however, it’s finally been renewed. Here’s what we know and what audiences can expect from Black Mirror season 6.
Black Mirror Has Been Renewed For Season 6
After the series went dormant for a few years, Netflix was finally able to renew Black Mirror for season 6 in May of 2022. For a long time, it was uncertain if the dark sci-fi show would ever return, despite its evident popularity. The COVID-19 pandemic was a large part of this, as it not only halted the production on plenty of movies and TV shows worldwide but also dampened the demand for stories about the end of the world. As Charlie Brooker commented in a 2020 interview, “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” (via Variety). Clearly, however, the appetite has returned, with Black Mirror season 6 set to feature even more episodes than season 5.
Black Mirror Season 6 Release Date
Black Mirror season 6 doesn’t yet have a release date, but the pattern of previous Black Mirror release dates may provide some clues as to when it might drop. Black Mirror’s first two seasons were released on the British network Channel 4. Since Netflix’s acquisition, at least one year has separated the release of new seasons, with Black Mirror season 5 arriving 17 months after season 4’s release in December 2017. This production history suggests that Black Mirror season 6 won’t release before the latter half of 2023—possibly late summer or early fall—but it could also be a good while longer. Black Mirror is already known for having episodes over 60 minutes and very high production value, but Black Mirror season 6 is apparently even more cinematic in scope, which could mean a long wait until its release.
What Are Black Mirror Season 6 Episodes About?
Ahead of their release, Black Mirror storylines are always a closely guarded secret, and the same goes for season 6. To date, 20 of Black Mirror’s 22 episodes have been written by Brooker. Jesse Armstrong wrote the season 1 episode “The Entire History of You” starring Toby Kebbell and Jodie Whittaker, while Rashida Jones and Mike Schur wrote the teleplay for the season 3 episode “Nosedive” (based on Brooker’s story). It’s unclear what Brooker is cooking up for Black Mirror season 6, but it’s quite possible that themes from the pandemic will play a key role. Brooker has also been focusing on his comedy work since the last Black Mirror season was released, so perhaps some dark humor is also in store.
Why Has Black Mirror Season 6 Taken So Long?
The COVID-19 pandemic played a role in Black Mirror season 6’s longstanding uncertainty, but there were also other reasons for its delay. Brooker and his creative partner Annabel Jones developed Black Mirror‘s first five seasons at their production company House of Tomorrow, but both stepped down in January of 2020. They’ve since started up a new one, Broke and Bones, which Netflix backs. But the rights to Black Mirror stayed with House of Tomorrow’s parent company, Endemol Shine Group, which was acquired by Banijay Group in the summer of 2020. As a result, Netflix wasn’t able to order more Black Mirror seasons until working out a deal with Banijay, which it seems they now have. Although it was in limbo for those two years, Black Mirror season 6 is back and should be better than ever.
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