LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Annabel Jones, Black Mirror Bandersnatch Co-Executive Producer attends BAFTA Los Angeles Garden Party at The British Residence on August 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)
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Charlie Brooker Regrets Including One Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Ending
Director David Slade and screenwriter Charlie Brooker teamed up with Netflix in 2018 to create a unique Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style experience for “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.” The movie follows Stefan (Fionn Whitehead) as the viewers are prompted to make a series of decisions for him, ultimately dictating his fate and arriving at one of the multiple endings.
Brooker revealed that the ending where Stefan talks to a mysterious AI, giving the viewer the option to break the fourth wall and explain that he’s on a Netflix special, presented the wrong message about the experiment if the audience arrived at this ending first. The writer explained, “What that meant was that some people went down the meta path first and that colors their experience.”
Although Brooker wanted to save this ending for later, the choice is opened early on and lies with the viewers’ decisions to arrive at this conclusion that delivers one of the more clever endings of “Bandersnatch.” Netflix would use this branching narrative style for other TV specials and movies, such as the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” special “Kimmy vs. The Reverend” and “Minecraft: Story Mode.”