Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker has spoken out about a popular fan theory that suggests that all of the episodes of the dystopian series take place in the same universe.
The show, which initially aired on Channel 4 from 2011 to 2014 before it switched to Netflix in 2016, broached that particular theory in the concluding episode of season four ‘Black Museum’, which saw Letitia Wright’s character Nish encounter an array of items and references to previous Black Mirror episodes in the titular exhibition.
Brooker has now discussed the subject of an interconnectivity running through the four seasons of Black Mirror during an appearance on the podcast The Watch, offering fans of the show some encouragement that they may be on to something with this particular theory.
“I think we have malleable rules on that. Sometimes it’s useful,” he said. “So in ‘Black Museum’, Rollo Haynes works for TCKR – which is the same company that we see in ‘San Junipero’ – and he’s going into a hospital called St Juniper’s Hospital. There’s a clear sort of through-line there that we don’t bother to explain.”
However, Brooker didn’t entirely approve the fan theory – instead suggesting that connections between certain episodes were often done through convenience rather than intention.
“But on the other hand, we sometimes have used the logic [of another episode] – often it is to do with the gadget,” he continued. “We did The ‘Entire History of You’, which is the episode where everyone can rewind memories, and they use a little thumb controller thing to access the UI in their eyes.
“And then we came to do ‘White Christmas’ – which also had a sort of in-retina system – we went round the houses trying to invent different modes of technology, and then thought: ‘Why don’t we just use the one [we already came up with]?’ [It was] laziness. We’ve cleared the company name for that, and we’ve designed the thing.”
Back in April, filming of the forthcoming fifth season of Black Mirror got underway in London – with filming locations including Croydon’s St George’s Walk.