Historically, anyone who uses those memory-reviewing eye pieces on Black Mirror is usually in for a world of personal pain.
This new instalment comes less than six months after Brooker, Jones and director David Slade dropped the special, interactive standalone Black Mirror: Bandersnatch at the end of 2018.
After a chilling previous season which sort of broke the way viewers saw the digital platform, Netflix' popular Black Mirror's latest season is ready to be out. As always, the brief glimpses we get are expansive: there's shots of a school canteen, and a fantastical, Tekken-style fight, sentient robots, and couples in turmoil. Watch the trailer here.
Throughout the heart-pounding trailer, a series of words are flashed onscreen, providing some of the vague themes that will likely be explored in Black Mirror's fifth season. The confirmed cast includes Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Endgame), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Topher Grace (Blackkklansman), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow), and pop star Miley Cyrus. Though it's unclear for the time being if the entire season is just three episodes long or if those installments make up the first half of the season, it could go either way. There is some crossover, but each story is contained within each episode.
There have been other happy episodes like "Hang the DJ", and you could even argue Letitia Wright's episode "Black Museum" ended on a positive note despite the horrors featured in the episode.
As of this writing, it's unclear whether there will be only three episodes or three stories split into two or more different episodes each.
Text in the trailer specifically refers to "three new stories", which suggests this might be an incredibly short season.