Published: Tue, October 02, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Netflix will now allow you to choose how your series will end

Netflix will now allow you to choose how your series will end

Black Mirror will return this December with a choose-your-own-ending episode, Bloomberg reports. But the Black Mirror episode will reportedly be the streamer's first experiment in live-action, grown-up interactive TV.

Netflix has played around with this concept with the children's show Puss in Books, and is exploring this concept in more shows moving forward, but Black Mirror represents the ideal trial run considering the nature of the series that explores how technology, social media and other innovations influence and affect our daily lives and those around us.

Black Mirror Season 5 is expected in December. It's certainly attention-grabbing, and I could see the concept working on an extremely meta-level with Black Mirror. However, the popular anthology series will be back before the end of the year, though an official date has not been announced by Netflix. Video games have used this same method to open up sprawling stories that last for endless hours. Season 4 premiered at the very end of previous year, on December 29th, which means that Season 5 could follow suit.

But it's definitely new for Netflix and modern TV in general.

Netflix has done the whole choose-your-own-adventure thing before with Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, which allows viewers to choose where Puss goes in the narrative goes by clicking one of two options while viewing. They also plan to release a Minecraft series with the same choose-your-own-adventure elements. The interactive approach will bring a new type of immersion to the Netflix original content.

Are you looking forward to an interactive episode?

The Los Gatos, California-based streaming giant is developing specials that will let its users decide the next storyline, Bloomberg reported on Monday (paywall), citing people familiar with the matter.

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