(Spoiler alert: Do not read on unless you’ve watched “Black Mirror” Season 4 episode “Crocodile.”)
“Black Mirror” wouldn’t be “Black Mirror” if it wasn’t trying to mess with viewers in basically every episode. But the mindf— they snuck into a new episode is on a whole different level, as it was specifically aimed at Reddit users who love to theorize about the show.
The fourth season of Charlie Brooker’s twisted, technology-obsessed anthology series dropped on Netflix on Friday, and fans have been picking apart every single moment on social media since. While many Easter eggs that connect the episodes have already been discovered and dissected, one that a Reddit user noticed in the episode “Crocodile” knocked viewers over with its meta-filled intensity.
The episode centers around Mia (Andrea Riseborough) who helped her friend Rob (Andrew Gower) cover up a hit-and-run death. In a scene where Rob comes to his old pal 15 years later, begging for her to let him confess, he hands her an article about the man they killed.
Reddit user AFellowOfLimitedJest, who was clearly paying very close attention, took a screenshot of the paper Rob was holding and shared it. Why? Oh, because if you looked very closely, it said this: “Of course the real question is why anyone would pause what they’re watching just to read a sentence in a printed out newspaper article’, says a voice in your head – before advising you to go and share this finding on Reddit.”
Naturally, commenters started freaking out about the hidden message, accusing Brooker — who has previously held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit with his co-showrunner Annabel Jones — of screwing with them.
“Oh s—… He’s on to us,” one wrote.
“The meta has come full circle. ffs charlie it wasnt suppose to be this way,” another commented.
“He’s probably here now, relishing in our shock and gathering ideas for new content… He could any one of us,” a user theorized.
See the “Black Mirror” Easter egg made especially for Reddit users below.
“Black Mirror” Season 4 is available for streaming on Netflix as of Dec. 29.