It’s coming: Netflix’s Black Mirror Season 4 confirmed to release in 2017

Olivia Harris 6 December 2017 NEWS

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Black Mirror Season 4 is confirmed for release before the end of the year.

Last year, Netflix released the third season of Charlie Brooker’s dystopian anthology series and commissioned even more seasons. Originally, the series was more of a niche following, with a small handful of dedicated fans following the first two seasons on air. The third season received widespread acclaim and a few Emmys, so the pressure and hype for Season 4 is pretty high.

However, so far no official announcement has been made regarding the release of Season 4, although many people speculate a release in either 2017 or 2018. While the exact date is still unknown, we may be closer to an answer than you think.

Pogdesign, a UK-based TV calendar website, has stated the first episode will air on 29 December at one minute to midnight. There hasn't been an official confirmation of this date as of yet, but stay tuned for an update.

On a more official line, in a press release email from Netflix in Australia, the fourth season of Black Mirror has been confirmed for release in 2017. Being that it is December already, that means the show should be online in the next three weeks.

The show was listed with other shows all set to either have a 4K/HDR release or air before the end of the year. Included in this list were the following shows:

  • Marvel’s The Punisher (Dolby Atmos)
  • Godless (Dolby Atmos)
  • Wormwood (Dolby Atmos)
  • Mudbound (Dolby Atmos)
  • Bright (Dolby Atmos)
  • Dark (Dolby Atmos)
  • Stranger Things Season 2
  • Black Mirror Season 4
  • She’s Gotta Have It

The list was entitled “Coming soon in 2017” with 4K/HDR/Surround 5.1 on Netflix. With the level of production on Black Mirror, it wouldn't be a surprise if the series were released in 4K/HDR (not that viewers in Australia will be viewing it in such high quality).

Media outlets have already received their press screeners of the episodes but due to an embargo have yet to release reviews. This embargo is likely linked to the exact release date for the season but until then we won’t know.

What we know so far about Black Mirror Season 4

Over the past week or so, Netflix has been releasing trailers for each episode, further fuelling suspicion that the episodes must be coming soon. Each trailer has been uploaded online to the Netflix YouTube page.

Episode 1: Crocodile


"Crocodile" uses a technology previously used in the Black Mirror episode "The Entire History of You" in Season 1. In that episode, humans have implants that allow them to record and replay memories in front of their eyes, leaving the main character obsessed with living in the past instead of the present. Here, however, the memories are not 100% reliable and the question of memory vs implants is called into question.

This episode stars Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Nocturnal Animals), Andrew Gower (Outlander) and British actress Kiran Sonia Sawar. It is directed by John Hillcoat (director of The Road).

Episode 2: Arkangel


This episode stars La La Land’s Rosemarie DeWitt as an overprotective mother who goes to new lengths to protect her daughter using the technology of the world. After her daughter goes missing for an afternoon, DeWitt decides she needs a closer leash on her daughter’s actions and thoughts, leading to new and experimental research using technology to control children. The outcome of this will no doubt be a numbing experience for all parents watching.

Jodie Foster is directing the episode, having directed a few episodes of Orange is the New Black for Netflix before. Brenna Harding and Owen Teague from Bloodline also star.

Episode 3: Hang the DJ


"Hang the DJ" is another one of Charlie Brooker’s episodes that explores a horrifying reality based on an aspect of modern-day life. This time it is online dating. Each time a concept like this is explored, some dark twist has befallen the technology in a not-too-distant future that society blindly accepts. This should be no exception.

More British actors have jumped on board the Black Mirror bandwagon as Georgina Campbell (Broadchurch), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders) and George Blagden (Vikings) all star in this episode. Tim Van Patten directs the episode, and judging by his background with Game of Thrones, Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, the episode will be amazing.

Episode 4: USS Callister


This episode takes Black Mirror into space for the very first time or at least the first we know of. "USS Callister" has been dubbed a space opera. It is a take on Star Trek that will no doubt be too real, and the episode has the most lavish setting and production yet. This is telling as usually the series is set in the not-too-distant future where most of the world still resembles our own with small tweaks to represent technological or economic changes. Here the entire earth is out of the picture and a far-future feeling is being produced.

"USS Callister" stars Jesse Plemons (Black Mass), Jimmi Simpson (Westworld), Cristin Milioti (The World of Wall Street) and Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum). The director Toby Haynes has directed some episodes of Doctor Who in Season 6, making him a great fit for the space episode.

Episode 5: Metalhead


This is the first ever black and white episode in Black Mirror. Something has happened to humanity, and one women sets about finding out what has happened. We see her calling for help and exploring a warehouse for something, all while being hunted by something she refers to as being "operational". The true story of the episode is unknown and the trailer is intentionally vague. We will just have to wait for more on this one.

We do know who is in the episode though. Maxine Peake (Three Girls), Jake Davies (The Missing) and Clint Dyer (Unknown) all star in the episode. Breaking Bad and Hannibal director David Slade directs the episode.

Episode 6: Black Museum


Set to be an anthology within an anthology, we can only imagine the levels of creepiness this episode will bring. In the middle of a desert stands a museum, the Black Museum, which holds artifacts linked to horrifying stories. Three separate stories make up this episode.

"Black Museum" stars Douglas Hodge (The Night Manager), Babs Olusanmokun (Marvel’s The Defenders) and Letitia Wright (Humans). The episode is directed by Colm McCarthy, who has previously directed episodes of Doctor Who and Sherlock.

While we don’t know how or when the show will go online, we do know that the series seems to be just as indulgent and self-deprecating as the last.


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