5 Things We Know About Black Mirror Season 5

A scene from Black Mirror season 5
A scene from Black Mirror season 5
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Black Mirror, Netflix’s critically-acclaimed, frequently terrifying, and strangely addictive anthology series about the ways that technology can improve (and sometimes ruin) our lives is officially coming back for a fifth season. The streaming giant surprised fans by dropping a trailer for the new season on Wednesday, May 15th—and its premiere date it much sooner than you'd probably imagine. Here's everything we know about the upcoming season.

1. It will premiere on June 5, 2019.

The most recent Black Mirror episode, "Bandersnatch," was a choose-your-own-adventure experiment that premiered in December 2018. Fans have been itching for more episodes ever since, but didn’t expect the new season to premiere so soon, especially since the gaps in previous seasons have ranged from one to three years. The fifth season will debut on Netflix on June 5.

2. There are only three episodes.

Although every season of Black Mirror has been on the shorter side (seasons 4 and 5 were the longest, with six episodes each), season 5 will feature a total of three episodes, similar to the first season. While fans no doubt have high hopes that the new episodes will be on the longer side, runtimes have not been confirmed.

3. We'll be seeing a handful of famous faces.

A scene from 'Black Mirror' season 5
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Black Mirror has cast a lot of famous faces over the years, including Jon Hamm, Daniel Kaluuya, and Bryce Dallas Howard. Season 5 will be no different: Miley Cyrus, Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace, and Andrew Scott are just a few of the actors who will make appearances.

4. Minor details from each episode have been revealed.

According to IMDb, the first two episode titles have been revealed, as have photos for all three episodes. The first episode, titled “Striking Vipers,” will include a storyline featuring Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Episode 2, “Smithereens,” stars actor Andrew Scott (best known as Sherlock's Moriarty). The third episode will feature Miley Cyrus and Frances Sholto-Douglas.

5. Technology will, of course, play a major role.

Black Mirror is famous for tackling the dangers technology can pose to society, often in an exaggerated way. So it's no surprise that season 5 will continue the "tech is scary" theme. Based on the trailer alone, it looks like cell phones, VR, and robots will all play a pivotal role.

The Office Star Ellie Kemper Wants to Do a Reunion Episode

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NBC - NBCUniversal Media

While rumors of The Office getting a reboot have been swirling around for years, the outlook on that happening any time soon doesn't look good. But a reunion episode might just be possible.

Ellie Kemper, who played Erin Hannon in the beloved series, recently stopped by Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen to dish about the sitcom and her thoughts on whether it might be making a return to the small screen: "I would love there to be a reboot, but I don't think there will be. So, that's a sad answer," Kemper admitted. "But maybe like a reunion episode? That would be fun."

E! News reports that Kemper isn’t the only cast member that wants to get the band back together. Jenna Fischer, who played Pam Beesly, also thinks a reunion episode would be a hit. “I think it's a great idea," Fischer said in 2018. "I would be honored to come back in any way that I'm able to.”

A key player in the series' success, however, is not so enthusiastic about the idea. Steve Carell, who played the infamous Michael Scott, doesn’t think a revival would be well-received. "The climate's different," Carell told Esquire back in 2018. "I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he's certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That's the point, you know? But I just don't know how that would fly now.”

A Star Wars Connection Might Predict Jim Hopper's Future in Stranger Things

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*Warning: This story includes spoilers for Stranger Things.*

Netflix’s Stranger Things is set in the 1980s and regularly includes references to huge cultural phenomena from that time. The series' third season made nods to Back to the Future, The NeverEnding Story, and (unsurprisingly) Star Wars. What might come as a surprise is that George Lucas's legendary space opera could hold a clue to what fate awaits one of Stranger Things's most beloved characters.

One of the major lingering questions from Stranger Things's third season is whether we will see David Harbour's character, Jim Hopper, ever again. Our favorite grumpy sheriff selflessly sacrificed himself in order to defeat the Russians and close the gate to the Upside Down. Fans were almost certain of his death (though it’s not shown on screen) until the post-credits scene rolled, in which the Russians speak of “the American” being held in their cells. Which is where things get interesting …

A new theory from Politico’s Bill Kuchman, which we spotted via Men’s Health, draws parallels between Hopper and Star Wars's Han Solo. In doing so, he might have predicted Hopper’s fate.

Kuchman explains that both Hopper and Solo use the phrase “See you in hell” before meeting their demise, with the Stranger Things character saying it in the final episode of season 3, and Solo saying it in The Empire Strikes Back.

On top of that, both characters seemingly die via a machine: Hopper is part of the key’s explosion, and Solo is frozen in carbonite. Also, at the end of the Stranger Things season 3 finale, Steve Harrington (played by Joe Keery) makes a reference to Return of the Jedi during his video store interview, the film in which Solo is revived.

Kuchman drives this point home by recalling that Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian save Solo in Return of the Jedi when Jabba the Hutt is feeding prisoners into the Sarlacc Pit. This is similar to how Stranger Things season 3 ends, with the Russians feeding prisoners to the Demogorgon.

Will Eleven, Mike, and the gang find the Force and save Hopper from the Russians? We’ll hopefully find out, if and when a fourth season of Stranger Things ever materializes.

[h/t Men's Health]

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