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Netflix's Black Mirror Leak Has the Fan Theories Flowing Already

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Amanda Bell

Get ready to choose your own adventure this Christmas season because it looks like Black Mirror's first episode of the new season may be coming to a stream screen near you soon.

As detailed by Forbes, one of Netflix's verified Twitter accounts posted a listing of the streaming service's upcoming sci-fi fare, and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was on the list, with a Dec. 28 release date. Such a quick turn around wouldn't be all that surprising as announcing a premiere date just weeks before the actual premiere is becoming a thing. Black Mirror's previous season debuted on Dec. 29 but the date wasn't announced until Dec. 6.

The fifth season of the show, which was announced back in March, is expected to introduce at least one playable episode as its first foray into an interactive adventure effort for adult-oriented content.

Even though the news has yet to be confirmed by Netflix (well, at least not again), fans are already posting their theories about the episode, based on the supposed title and some set spottings that occurred earlier in the year.

Some noticed that the phrase "Bandersnatch" may relate to an old 1984 game about a group of computer nerds locked away together to try and create the ultimate Commodore 64 and 48k Spectrum game.

Others noticed that some of the scenery seen in London's Croydon set the episode in the mid-'80s, with an old Pizza Hut and Wimpy restaurant serving as the retro backdrop.


One fan even noticed that the title was referenced all the way back in Season 3's "Playtest" episode, in the tiny text of the print magazine that boasted so many other Easter eggs.

If true, the title would sync up with what set spotters predicted back in April, 2018 when the episode was filming, as some picked up on the episode title even then and connected it with the "bandersnatch" of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland novel, Through the Looking Glass.

Looks like Black Mirror fans are about to go down the rabbit hole themselves this time, if any or all of this information proves to be accurate!