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You May Never Access Some Scenes Of Black Mirror’s ‘Bandersnatch’

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Netflix’s Black Mirror has become one of its most popular original series, and has skyrocketed even more in popularity since the release of episode “Bandersnatch.” This recent episode is unique because viewers are able to make choices for the characters, altering the circumstances and actions of the characters and shaping the episode. Though fans have discovered five definitive endings to the episode, Netflix creators say there are many more, some of which viewers may never be able to access.

Premise Of Bandersnatch

“Bandersnatch” is set in 1984, with Stefan as the central character. Stefan is a young programmer who is working on adapting one of his favorite novels into a video game. However, his work quickly becomes much more morally complex than originally intended.

The episode makes some references to previous episodes in the series, most notably with the presence of the “glyph,” a symbol throughout Black Mirror that fans have long been trying to decipher.

Netflix’s First Adult Interactive Experience

This Black Mirror episode is the first of its kind. Though choose-your-own-adventure format has been on Netflix for kids’ shows, but never as a medium for adult programming. Black Mirror was the perfect series to choose for this endeavor, as the series follows a non-linear format and dabbles in futuristic and fantasy themes.

In “Bandersnatch,” viewers get to make both simplistic and catalytic decisions for the characters. Netflix does prompt you to explore other options from the beginning of the episode, but after a few tries, you’ll see the majority of the content available. Creator Charlie Brooker explains, “Eventually, there is a point that you will arrive at just credits… [which] means you’ve seen almost everything.”

Not Even The Show’s Creators Know All Of The Endings

Though fans seem to have boiled down the episode to five possible endings, Netflix creators argue there are many more. It’s just far more difficult to reach some than others. Producer Annabel Jones agrees there are only five endings, while producers Charlie Brooker Russell McLean estimate closer to 10 or 12.

There are some scenes that may never be seen by viewers because the decisions to reach them are so specific. Director David Slade admitted in one interview, “We actually shot a scene that we can’t access.” Netflix estimates there are about five hours of content, but only a select few will be lucky enough to actually view it all.

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