Black Mirror is coming back for a seventh season

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Black Mirror episode USS Callister will get a sequel in the upcoming season.
Black Mirror episode USS Callister will get a sequel in the upcoming season. Credit: Netflix

Just when you thought you could pause your existential dread about our technological future, Black Mirror just confirmed it was coming back.

The Netflix anthology series will return for a six-episode seventh season in 2025.

The most exciting part of the news is the line-up will include a sequel to the series’ Emmy-winning instalment USS Callister.

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The season four episode starred Jesse Plemons as a socially awkward computer programmer who harvested his colleagues’ DNA to create virtual versions of them, which he controls in a Star Trek-inspired simulation.

The episode was lauded for its exploration of digital replicas, free will and patriarchy.

Created by Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror is renowned for its stories of a dystopian future in which technology (and the misuse of it) has changed humanity, usually for the worse.

Chapters have included one which looked at a hypercharged system of social media likes, another that considered digitally recreated consciousnesses of dead people.

There is also the occasional episode with a hopeful, even romantic soul, such as San Junipero, in which two lovers can live out their future in a virtual environment.

Jon Hamm in Black Mirror (2014)
Jon Hamm in a season two episode of Black Mirror. Credit: Netflix

Actors who have appeared in Black Mirror over the years include Jon Hamm, Miley Cyrus, Bryce Dallas Howard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Whittaker.

As for what the other five episodes of season seven may contain, perhaps there was a hint in Brooker’s appearance at SXSW Sydney in October.

When asked what scares him, he replied, “Weaponised fake footage being used as misinformation, because we’re already in a period where we’re dividing ourselves into groups where people are choosing their own version of facts.

“How the hell are we going to solve the problems we face when we can’t agree on what reality is, on what the truth is? The fact that we could be under attack even more is terrifying. So, that scares me.

“I’m a scaredy cat. I worry about a lot of things. Actually, at the moment, someone said, ‘You seem chipper for somebody who should be worried about the future’ and I think that because we’re in a period where everyone’s worried, that means I can take the day off.”


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