5 Things We Know About Black Mirror Season 5

A scene from Black Mirror season 5
A scene from Black Mirror season 5
Pedro Saad, Netflix

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
Netflix

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.

Game of Thrones Counseling Available for Upset Fans Following Series Finale

Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
Iain Glen and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
Helen Sloan, HBO

It’s no surprise that some fans are having a hard time dealing with the fact that Game of Thrones is over. The show ran for eight seasons, and became a huge part of fans's lives and Sunday night routines. Moreover, since the season 8 premiere first aired, fans haven’t been too thrilled with the trajectory of the show, and it has only gotten worse. (The final episode in the series scored the lowest rating in the show’s history on IMDb).

But if you’re having a hard time wrapping your mind around the end of Game of Thrones, or just want to vent, there's a counseling service here just for you. CNN reports that if you go to Bark.com, a UK-based online marketplace, you can find a Game of Thrones counselor who will listen to your every qualm about the show. "The professionals will help them digest their feelings and interpretation of the show, which could range from anger and confusion to sadness and grief," the service description reads.

"We watch them to escape our daily lives and immerse ourselves into the 'unknown,'" Lynette, a counselor from Bark.com, said in a statement regarding people's TV show obsessions. "This is the very reason why we sometimes become addicted to watching them, the stories they tell become part of our identity."

There’s options of booking a 30-minute or 60-minute session, which range from $25 to $51. Fans can choose from a face-to-face session, group session, or online, and can specify which specific problems they’re having regarding the show. 

What do we say to Game of Thrones-related anxiety? Not today!

New Coke is Making a Comeback Thanks to Stranger Things

Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, and Sadie Sink in Stranger Things.
Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, and Sadie Sink in Stranger Things.
Netflix

In what was considered one of the biggest consumer product marketing blunders of all time, the Coca-Cola Company upset devotees of their signature beverage by introducing New Coke in 1985. Sweeter and smoother than the original, people practically revolted over the change, and the drink eventually disappeared from shelves.

In 2019, New Coke is not only resurfacing—it might turn out to be one of the company's savviest marketing moves to date.

CNN reports that Coca-Cola will be producing 500,000 cans of New Coke in collaboration with Netflix to promote season 3 of Stranger Things, the 1980s-set paranormal drama. Cans will be featured on the show in a kind of retro product placement.

Fans can look for the cans online, which will be offered as a free gift with the purchase of two special Coca-Cola Classic or Coke Zero Sugar glass bottles with Stranger Things artwork beginning Thursday. Special vending machines will also be set up in major cities, and visitors to Atlanta's World of Coca-Cola can purchase the product there, too.

The company is using the exact same recipe for New Coke that got them in hot water back in 1985. For many, it will be their first chance to sample the drink that anti-New Coke activist and retiree Gay Mullins described as being "unbelievably wimpy" and tasting like Pepsi (a comment meant to be derogatory). Originally intended to replace Coca-Cola Classic, the drink was eventually rebranded Coke II and sold through 2002.

Coca-Cola anticipates demand will exceed their 500,000 can allotment, which means you're likely to see them pop up on eBay before long.

The new season of Stranger Things premieres July 4.

[h/t CNN]

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