According to a report from Bloomberg, Season 5 of Black Mirror on Netflix should premiere on the streaming service in December. In addition, the new season will feature an interactive episode, an extension of both the show's experimentation in different genres and Netflix's initiative to turn viewers into active participants.
Like those old "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories from Bantam Books that were all the rage in the 1980s, this special Black Mirror installment will allow audiences to influence the course of the plot through their own choices.
If true, this will be Netflix's first attempt at bringing interactive programming to an older demographic.
Netflix is no stranger to this kind of entertainment, having already used it for children's shows like Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile. Last December, the company's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, said that the streamer would begin work on interactive shows for adults.
“A lot of the conventional wisdom that goes into TV programming turns out to be wrong," he said.
Season 4 of Black Mirror debuted last winter, starting off with the Emmy-winning episode "USS Callister." For Season 5, executive producers Charlie Brooker (also creator) and Annabel Jones wanted to play around with "new genres."
"I have to say, we've picture- locked the first one, and it's good. It's really good. [Next season] will be new and different," Jones said.