If you’ve caught up with the latest series of Black Mirror on Netflix, then you may already have come to a conclusion whether the suspenseful satire has its own "universe," despite its being a collection of standalone episodes.
There’s been no shortage of self-referencing throughout the series, and although writer/creator Charlie Brooker has denied it in the past, it now seems that he's had a change of tune.
Speaking about “Black Museum” from Season 4, Brooker has hints in a new featurette that there appears to be a shared universe coming together after all.
He reveals: “People used to say to me, ‘Are these all set in one shared universe?’ And I’d say ‘Absolutely not!’ And now for the first time I think one of our stories explicitly starts referring to things that happened in other episodes.”
The episode in question features a museum that contains a whole host of memorabilia from other classic episodes, which has got us wondering if any of the classic characters could be reappearing in a future season, or even perhaps one cameo-filled finale.
Of course, it’s not the first clue that has got fans debating whether any of the stories overlap.
It was recently revealed that the 1964 song “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)” by Irma Thomas -- which first appeared in Season 1's “Fifteen Million Merits” – connects a number of episodes.
Brooker’s co-showrunner Annabel Jones even went so far as to say that the repeated use of the tune comes from Brooker’s idea of “nesting all the episodes together in an artistic universe of sorts.”
What do you think of the Black Mirror shared universe? Are there any other connections or easter eggs you’ve spotted? Let us know in the comments below.