The brilliant, terrifying, speculative anthology sci-fi series Black Mirror originated in 2011 on the United Kingdom's Channel 4 and, after two seasons of three well-received episodes plus a Christmas special starring Jon Hamm generated a cult following here in the U.S., Netflix bought the show to put under its "Original Series" banner.
Since that 2015 acquisition, the series, which was created by Charlie Brooker, expanded in breathless ways. The episode count went up to six per season, the production values soared to cinematic standards, and the show's popularity multiplied. The Season 3 episode "San Junipero" even snagged a pair of major Emmy Awards, and Black Mirror racked up eight nominations for its Season 4 episodes, including seven for its twisted feature-length Star Trek homage "USS Callister." Like most things on Netflix, Black Mirror is a water-cooler extravaganza, ripe for theorizing and interpretation, the sort of show you can't stop talking or thinking about.
Luckily for fans, it also shows no signs of dying and spending eternity in a cloud-based server heaven. Production is currently underway on Season 5, but just because it's a fan's dream doesn't mean we've had much luck tracking down any details. Filming is extraordinarily secretive; Brooker hasn't even released an episode count, or any casting or directing news. In the past, the show has attracted stars like Hamm, Bryce Dallas Howard, Domhnall Gleeson, Daniel Kaluuya, and Kelly Macdonald, among many other notable actors, and episodes have been helmed by the likes of Jodie Foster, David Slade, and Joe Wright, so expect another high-caliber season. But until those details leak, let's try to piece together everything we do (and don't) know about Season 5 of Black Mirror.