Black Mirror creator talks 'San Junipero' sequel possibilities
“San Junipero” is one of the most popular Black Mirror episodes, so it’s no wonder fans want more. Now, after nabbing two Emmy nominations for the episode (one for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special, one for Outstanding TV Movie), show creator Charlie Booker says there might be a chance to revisit that story.
“We’ve thought about it,” he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the season 3 standout. “I think we almost might do it in a completely different form if we were doing a straight sequel, if that makes sense. Maybe not even as a normal episode.”
Booker did vaguely hint at a possible iteration being an “experience,” before adding that the show might be making “references” to the episode. “It’s difficult because I don’t think we’d revisit those characters. That felt like such a story and we wouldn’t want to open it up again,” he explained.
The ’80s-inspired episode follows two women (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis) who develop a powerful relationship in the digital afterlife and served as a positive break from Black Mirror‘s usual tech-anxious tone. Booker also said in the interview that “San Junipero” originally had an additional scene they decided to take out because it was too much of a downer to keep.
“I’d originally written a scene where Gugu’s character, Kelly, is in a kindergarten and there are children there and when you realize what’s going on, it’s that these are deceased children,” he revealed. “It was too sad and too poignant of a note to hit in that story, but I kept thinking about how that felt like a whole world in and of itself.”
Season 4 of the BBC-to-Netflix transplant will debut six episodes later this year. Read more about the surprising names coming to the show and watch the trailer here.