Netflix Is Constructing An Interactive Plot For "Black Mirror" & Other Shows


It seems as if Black Mirror fans will get to choose their own ending in one episode of the upcoming season of Black Mirror - due for release in December - which is exactly as terrifying and cool as it sounds.

The stories that branch off from the main narrative of "Black Mirror" will be more complicated than the options in the kids' programming, according to Bloomberg.

Indeed, if you are paranoid that the Netflix algorithm's ability to predict your viewing tastes somehow stultifies your status of as a unique-thinking individual with free will, then the act of making clear plot choices during an episode of Black Mirror might just be you worst nightmare come to life.

While the choose-your-own-adventure Black Mirror episode is exciting news, the premiere date is even more exciting. With a show as layered and twisty as Black Mirror, this is sure to be a fascinating experiment.

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The idea of an interactive Black Mirror episode is a compelling one, especially considering that the series itself explores the intersection of technology and society as well as its implications, many of which reveal the dark, nightmarish side of the conveniences of our modern world. All 19 current episodes of the anthology series are now streaming. Production of the fifth season began earlier this year. It's also not new for Netflix, which has used the concept for the kids' program Puss in Book.

This isn't the first time Netflix has tried to integrate viewer interaction into its content. Two of the projects are adaptations of video games.

This is about as Black Mirror as Black Mirror is going to get.

Despite a few outliers, Netflix's interactive adventures are nearly universally compatible with modern smart devices, and now only needs some universally appealing content to entice potential viewers. Telltale Games, the company that was working with Netflix on the show, recently laid off most of its staff.