Enjoy Bandersnatch, the first interactive episode to pick your own adventure from the often adorable dystopian Black Mirror? Good, because maybe it's the only new episode you'll see for a while. Exporting producer and co-designer Annabel Jones confirmed The Hollywood Reporter that Bandersnatch had made such "tremendous" efforts that it would push back the fifth season of Black Mirror now due in 2019, says a Netflix spokesman The Verge without going into detail.
It is not clear how long we have to wait. An entire year might make sense: The New York Times reports that showrunners spent a whole year alone with the Bandersnatch episode and the last few Black Mirror projects each about a year apart (October 201
However, Black Mirror was never a traditional show – it rose from just three episodes a season to six episodes a season in 2016 with a one-time Christmas special and now an interactive movie rounding out the pack. As far as we know, Black Mirror S5 may have fewer consequences than before. Netflix would not say when or how many.
Anyway, it sounds like we're going to return to a different show in 2019. "We're making more optimistic episodes and stories, rather than just dystopian and negative," said co-creator Charlie Brooker of the NYT. We argued in January that Black Mirror needed to change to remain relevant, and it sounds like they take this to heart (not to mention the critical success of some of the series' most optimistic episodes).