WARNING: There will be spoilers for the “San Junipero” episode of Black Mirror in this post. If you have not seen this nearly perfect hour of filmed entertainment, PLEASE DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER, I beg of you.
If you have…go forward.
Black Mirror is Twilight Zone with Wifi. Created by Charlie Brooker, the series explores the clash of technology and human nature with stories that are clever, provocative and often haunting. Two 3-episode seasons were produced in the UK, along with a Christmas episode (one of the best of the lot) and now six new episodes are on Netflix. I give this show the highest possible 10 out of 10 rating. It’s smart and disturbing.
Charlie Brooker created the series and wrote most of the episodes himself. He’s been in the media a lot with the debut of the new season.
Now, one episode of the new season, “San Junipero” is about two women played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis who meet at an 80s dance club and fall in love.
HERE COME THE SPOILERS
It turns out that the club is a simulation and in the real world, the women are both aged and dying. In a huge departure for every other episode of Black Mirror, the two end up together in the virtual town of San Junipero where they are free to do whatever they want for an electronic eternity. A happy ending!
…or IS IT??? A popular Reddit post took a few clues and decided that it was all an illusion and the ending wasn’t as happy as it seemed just because someone was playing “Bubble Bobble” in the club.
BUT NOW, in perhaps the greatest moment in internet history this week, in an interview with Vogue Brooker was asked if he’d read this theory and he said,
Yeah, it’s bullshit! They do! They have the happiest ending imaginable. What they are facing is a potentially difficult future because it could be, like Kelly says, it’s potentially forever. But as Yorkie points out, they can end it at any time. So it’s not a big rainbow sandwich, but what appears to be happening there, is happening there. It’s them, they drive off into the sunset together—because, why not?
BAM! Down goes Reddit!
Down goes Reddit!
You and your “fan theories!” You know nothing of my work!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.