The brilliant, terrifying, speculative anthology sci-fi series Black Mirror originated in 2011 on the United Kingdom's Channel 4 and became a cult phenomenon in the U.S., thanks to two well-received seasons of three episodes each (Season 2 aired in 2013), Netflix's decision to add the show to its library in 2014, and a Christmas special starring Jon Hamm. The following year, Netflix acquired the show and gave creator Charlie Brooker two new seasons for its Original Series banner.
Since that 2015 acquisition, the series 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," released in 2016, went on to snag a pair of major Emmy Awards, and Black Mirror's fourth season, released in 2017, racked up eight nominations, including seven for its twisted, feature-length Star Trek homage "USS Callister." So, what about Season 5?
Luckily for fans, Black Mirror did return in 2018 -- but as a one-off interactive movie, not a full season, although Netflix later confirmed that Season 5 is still on the way. As always, 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, 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.