How do I find it on the site?
Bandersnatch isn't listed as one of Black Mirror's episodes under the Black Mirror tab, so don't expect to find it there. If it doesn't immediately appear on the front page after you log in, or under "Trending Now," just typing "black mirror" or "bandersnatch" into the search bar will bring it up.
How does it work?
When it opens, you're given a short little tutorial that basically explains how to "play" the episode: Every few minutes or so, our hero Stefan is presented with a choice, be it as mundane as choosing what cereal to eat for breakfast or as crazy as -- well, again, I don't want to spoil anything. Each of the choices will pop up at the bottom of the screen, and you have 10 seconds to choose which one you want. Do not underestimate the importance of your choices. Even the simplest decision can catastrophically change the course of Stefan's life. Or end it.
What happens if I don't choose?
The episode chooses for you. Bandersnatch has a default path with a runtime of about 90 minutes, so if you'd rather just watch TV, then you can always feel free to sit on your hands for an hour and a half. Can't promise the experience will be very pleasant, though. This is Black Mirror, after all.
If you do choose to play the game, it can be as long as you want. According to Netflix, there are over a trillion possible permutations based on what choices you make, and each of its five possible endings also may have subtle differences based on what's come before. Keeping a pen and paper handy might be a good idea.
Is this Netflix's first interactive episode?
Nope! The site has experimented with this kind of thing before with their titles Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, Stretch Armstrong; The Breakout, and Minecraft: Story Mode. Though if you're here for news about Bandersnatch, you're probably not the target audience for their other offerings. This is Netflix's first "adult-oriented" interactive tale.