Given the high praise for the Netflix anthology series Black Mirror, it would be hard to see the streaming giant not bring the series back for at least one more season. The first five seasons have been met with much critical aplomb and fanfare even given the fact that Netflix release schedule on those first five seasons has been scattered at best. So, will we get Black Mirror season 6?
THE FIRST FIVE
Black Mirror is a television anthology series much in the vein of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. It’s a British dystopian series that has its roots in science fiction, but in many ways can also be called horror. Black Mirror season 6, if we get it, will continue in that vein.
Writer Charlie Brooker created Black Mirror with an eye on a different, but similar, sort of Twilight Zone. Each episode is a stand-alone (like The Twilight Zone) and each episode puts the cast in situations that are at once familiar but soon take a turn toward the dark (just like The Twilight Zone). The difference between the two, besides the obvious, is that Black Mirror leans more toward modern society and its new technology and how their unanticipated consequences can affect lives. Many of the themes are dark and satirical but there have been Black Mirror episodes that have had a touch of whimsy sprinkled in.
Brooker explained the series’ content and structure to The Guardian as “each episode has a different cast, a different setting, even a different reality. But they’re all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy.”
He also chimed in, explaining what the title, Black Mirror, means to him. “If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The ‘black mirror’ of the title is the one you’ll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone.”
It seems his approach has a following. Fans picked up early on the series and after its first two seasons, so did Netflix. Since then, Netflix has been releasing seasons on a not-so-regular basis. While the series has only five seasons, those five have been seen in six separate years. The first two came out in 2011 and 2013 respectively. The remainder, after being picked up by Netflix, showed in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019. With 5 done now the road is clear for Black Mirror season 6.
BLACK MIRROR SEASON 6
Is Black Mirror season 6 going to happen? Netflix has not yet given it the green light. But then again, Netflix has also not come out and officially cancelled the series either. That means odds are it’ll be back. Maybe not as soon as fans want, but more in step with how Netflix has released its previous seasons.
Back in May of this year, Brooker was interviewed by Radio Times and had this to say about a potential Black Mirror season 6. “I’ve been busy, doing things. I don’t know what I can say about what I’m doing and not doing,” he began. “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. I’m sort of keen to revisit my comic skill set, so I’ve been writing scripts aimed at making myself laugh.” Obviously, this could be a ruse, wanting to keep a season six-under wraps. Season five, if fans recall, had but a scant three episodes, definitely leaving fans wanting for more.
As it stands now, there is no official word, good or bad on Black Mirror season 6. If there is a season 6, who knows what it would entail or how many.
Given the release schedule from the past, it is possible that in 2021 we could see Black Mirror season 6. Season five was a whole three episodes (as was season 1), so season six could see anywhere from that number up to six episodes, which was twice hit in seasons three and four. Come on Netflix, what are you waiting for? Bring on Black Mirror season 6.