At this point “Black Mirror” fans have theorized about almost every aspect of the show, probably even wondering how Charlie Brooker stumbled upon the idea for this madness in the first place. Well, now you have your answer, thanks to a new Season 4 featurette Netflix released Friday.
“‘Black Mirror’ came about because, at the time, I felt one-off ideas based stories weren’t really being told on television,” Brooker says. “The trend was for long, fie season story arches about a troubled yet fascinating man, many of which I was a huge fan of. But what I felt was lacking was those one-off shows you would catch late at night and go ‘what the hell was that?'”
Brooker also addresses the idea of the shared universe inside his show which, reflects “a sort of gnawing sense of unease at the march of technology.”
“People used to say to me, ‘Are these all set in one shared universe?’ and I’d say ‘absolutely not,” Brooker says. “And now for the first time I think one of our stories explicitly starts referring to things that happened in other episodes.”
Brooker is of course referring to the Season 4 episode “Black Museum” which is packed to brim with “Black Mirror” Easter eggs.
Watch the featurette above to see co-showrunner Anabel Jones and director Jodie Foster reveal their favorite parts of Season 4.
“Black Mirror” Season 4 is available for streaming on Netflix as of Dec. 29.