WATCH: Black Mirror creator explains the magic of the San Junipero episode

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:08 AM EDT (Updated)

Let's talk about the "San Junipero" episode of Black Mirror, shall we? The third episode of the Netflix anthology's third season (or "series" in the UK) was a bit of a deviation from Mirror's usual bleak format as it showed a more optimistic view of the future than usual. This glaring detour off the beaten path was not lost on the people behind the show. 


"It's an interesting one in that it was consciously a different tone for our show," said producer Charlie Brooker. "It was a conscious attempt to redefine what the show was for ourselves, really, because we always want it to be surprising and unpredictable and it was getting predictable."

As a result, the showrunners decided to do a more "hopeful tale" of a love story between two women (Mackenzie Davis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw) set in a simulated reality version a beach town named San Junipero in 1987.

"Gugu and Mackenzie in the lead roles are just so luminous," said Brooker, who forgot who he'd had in mind for the parts originally because the two did such a phenomenal job making the parts their own.

For the full lowdown on this unique episode in Black Mirror's arsenal, watch our NYCC interview with producers Brooker and Annabel Jones below.


Additional material by Josh Weiss.