What to Expect From Black Mirror Season 5

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Netflix's Black Mirror season 5 is on the way, and here's what we know to expect from it so far. Created by Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror originated as a British anthology series airing on Channel 4, before Netflix picked it up from season 3 onward. Focusing primarily on the potentially horrifying consequences caused by the misuse of humanity's ever-evolving level of advanced technology, Black Mirror is in many ways a worthy successor to Rod Serling's classic anthology The Twilight Zone.

Over the course of its first four seasons, Black Mirror has become known for both its fiercely intelligent storytelling and its tendency to go with the dourest endings one can imagine. The only real exception to that rule was season 3's Emmy-winning "San Junipero," which if one thinks about it too hard, still ended in fairly depressing fashion, despite Belinda Carlisle's upbeat song "Heaven is a Place on Earth" playing over the end credits. Yet, fans wouldn't want the show any other way, with some even actively looking forward to seeing what type of emotional assault each new Black Mirror episode will have to offer.

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With interactive special Black Mirror: Bandersnatch done captivating audiences with a twisted choose-your-own-adventure, all eyes are now towards the future. Here's everything we know about Black Mirror season 5.

Black Mirror Season 5's Trailer Is Here

Netflix officially renewed Black Mirror for season 5 on March 5, 2018, just over two months after the December 29, 2017 release of season 4. Boasting standout episodes like "USS Callister" and "Crocodile," season 4 continued Black Mirror's pattern of critical and commercial success. Before the end of March 2018, season 5 was already reported to have started filming. At long last, Netflix has finally released the Black Mirror season 5 trailer, and it promises eager fans three brand new episodes. Check it out above.

Black Mirror Season 5 Has a Premiere Date

Along with the trailer for Black Mirror season 5 came official confirmation of its release date. Netflix users will be able to stream Black Mirror season 5 in its entirety on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. As usual for Netflix originals, the new season of Black Mirror will be added to the service at 12AM PST. That's 2AM CST and 3AM EST, for reference. As with all Netflix originals, Black Mirror season 5 will see a simultaneous worldwide release, so those outside the U.S. should be sure to calculate when exactly 12AM PST is for them.

Who's in Black Mirror Season 5's Cast?

Black Mirror Season 5 Trailer

As usual, Netflix and the Black Mirror team have kept casting news for season 5 close to the vest, although pop star and actress Miley Cyrus let slip last year that she would appear in an episode. With the trailer now out, multiple cast members have been visually confirmed, including Cyrus. In addition to the former Hannah Montana, there are plenty of other recognizable names onboard, including Topher Grace, who earned raves in 2018 for his portrayal of  David Duke in BlacKkKlansman. Acting in the same episode are MCU star Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and DCEU star Yayha Abdul-Mateen II (Black Manta). Pom Klementieff (Mantis) from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise is also on the roster. Also confirmed is Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow), Angourie Rice (Spider-Man Homecoming), Madison Davenport, Damson Idris, and Ludi Lin.

What Are Black Mirror Season 5's Episodes About?

The episode titles for Black Mirror season 5's three new installments have yet to be revealed, as have any plot synopsis. That said, some clues can be gleaned from the trailer as to what's going on. Oddly enough, there appears to be multiple story threads visible, despite there being only three episodes. This suggests that some of them are tied together in ways not readily apparent. The first involves an armed and upset Andrew Scott being pursued by police, with a prisoner in his car. The second sees Anthony Mackie seemingly in a marriage on the verge of collapse, possibly due to infidelity. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II appears to be a friend or relative of Mackie's. The third concerns a lonely high school student dealing with a possibly malevolent robotic digital assistant. It's unclear how Miley Cyrus as a colorful pop star, a Street Fighter-style virtual fighting game, and a haggard Topher Grace factor into things.

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