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More Dystopian Nightmares Are on the Way: 'Black Mirror' Has Been Renewed for Season Seven

Charlie Brooker anthology sci-fi series has more horror stories about humanity's use of technology in its future.
By Sarah Ward
November 22, 2023
By Sarah Ward
November 22, 2023

If his headline speaker gig at the first-ever SXSW Sydney filled Charlie Brooker with tech nightmare inspiration, viewers are about to reap the benefits: more Black Mirror is on its way. The dystopian anthology series released its sixth season in 2023, and now Netflix has renewed it for another batch of episodes. Imagining how humanity's use of technology can keep going wrong clearly hasn't met its limits yet.

Variety reports that Black Mirror will start production on season seven before 2023 is out — but details from there are scarce. The number of instalments, who'll star and which storylines will feature haven't yet been revealed, but Brooker (Cunk on Earth) and fellow executive producers Annabel Jones (also Cunk on Earth) and Jessica Rhoades (Station Eleven) are expected to return.

Locking in Black Mirror's next season so soon after its last is a contrast to the show's fate between season five and season six. After the former dropped its three episodes in 2019, fans were left waiting and wondering about more to come. Then, in 2022, word started circulating that the sixth season was in the works. In April 2023, the series' Twitter account posted  "what have we missed?" — then the trailers started coming, ahead of season six's arrival in June.

The show's most-recent instalments pondered streaming algorithms with Salma Hayek Pinault (Magic Mike's Last Dance) and Annie Murphy (Kevin Can F**k Himself), true crime with Samuel Blenkin (The Witcher: Blood Origin) and Myha'la Herrold (Bodies Bodies Bodies), and an alternative 1969 with Aaron Paul (Westworld), Josh Hartnett (Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre) and Kate Mara (Call Jane).

Also on its list: a paparazzi tale with Zazie Beetz (Atlanta), Clara Rugaard (I Am Mother) and Danny Ramirez (Stars at Noon) — and the first Red Mirror episode, going full horror, with Anjana Vasan (Killing Eve), Paapa Essiedu (Men), Katherine Rose Morley (The Syndicate) and David Shields (Benediction).

Season six was teased as "the most unpredictable, unclassifiable and unexpected season yet", which is saying something given everything that Black Mirror has thrown at the screen in past seasons (and in choose-your-own-adventure-style movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch).

And yes, Brooker does keep facing quite the challenge: making something that manages to be even more dispiriting than reality over the past few years. That's increasingly been one of the show's dilemmas — and noting that something IRL feels just like Black Mirror has become one of the cliches of our times — but clearly he has more ideas.

There's no trailer yet for Black Mirror's seventh season, of course, but you can check out the trailer for season six below:

Black Mirror season seven will stream via Netflix, but doesn't yet have a release date — we'll update you when one is announced. Read our review of season six, and our interview with Charlie Brooker.

Via Variety. Images: Nick Wall / Netflix.

Published on November 22, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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