“Fuck off, then. Do something else!”: Charlie Brooker responds to ‘Bandersnatch’ detractors

He also revealed intended plots that were eventually left out

Charlie Brooker has addressed detractors of Black Mirror‘s Bandersnatch episode, in a new interview alongside his co-creator on the show Annabel Jones.

Discussing the reaction to the series with Huffington Post, Brooker said that he was generally pleased, but continued:  “There’s also some people that are like ‘I don’t wanna make decisions’, ‘I don’t want to do any of it’… well fuck off, then. Do something else!

“And then there’s some people who think ‘oh, it’s too simple as a game’ or ‘games have done this before’ – well this isn’t on a gaming platform, it’s on Netflix. I’m well aware of what a computer game is, thanks,” he continued.

“But generally speaking, it’s been the reaction that you would want,” Brooker clarified. “More people have done all of it than I would have possibly thought, because I thought most people would do about 20%.”

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Jones added: “It’s just so satisfying that so many people have engaged with it. It’s very difficult because obviously it’s interactive, and you don’t know the order in which people have played or watched it, but it’s quite daunting letting it go out there and letting people have their own experiences.”

As for fans who were upset that the show did not have a traditionally ‘happy’ ending: “I suppose, we do try not to go ‘this is what the message of this story is,’ and within this it’s so disparate, deliberately so, that’s almost the point.”

Brooker also revealed one storyline he eventually decided not to include: “There’s a bit where Stefan gets a VHS tape and watches a documentary. And I wanted, early on, to do a bit where you got the choice of two video tapes, and one is essential for the story, and the other is just, like, a film that he’s taped off the telly, and you can watch the whole thing,” he said.

“Literally just putting on, and you could watch a whole film, from beginning to end, but at any time you could press a button to stop it. Which we could have done, it would have been great.”

In NME‘s three-star review of the episode, we called it “brave, bleak but slightly unsatisfying”