Black Mirror: Here's the Spoiler-Free Rundown on Every Episode of Season 3

Friday, 09 September 2016 - 3:18PM
Black Mirror
Friday, 09 September 2016 - 3:18PM
Black Mirror: Here's the Spoiler-Free Rundown on Every Episode of Season 3
Black Mirror is finally coming back for another season on Netflix, and October 21 can't come fast enough. Now, showrunner and writer Charlie Brooker has given EW the rundown on all of the episodes, and they include 80s throwbacks, The Walking Dead-esque horror thrillers, and just as much dystopian weirdness as we've come to expect. Here are the summaries for each episode (or as much as Brooker could reveal without spoiling anything):

Nosedive
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard and Alice Eve

A socially anxious office worker (Howard) tries to compete with her high-society friend (Eve) in a world where every social interaction is ranked. Brooker calls it a "social satire" that is one of the most unusual episodes he's ever done.

San Junipero
Starring: Mackenzie Davis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw

This episode is futuristic and yet somehow set in the 80s, because 80s nostalgia is all the rage right now. The two leads arrive in a beach town that is "synonymous with sun, surf, and sex," and everything else is anyone's guess.
Opening quote
"It's kind of an '80s coming-of-age drama with a Black Mirror undertow," said Brooker. "Also, when Netflix picked us up, people were going, 'Oh that means [the show is] going to be Americanized.' I thought it would be a funny to f–k with those people by literally writing an episode set in California."
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Shut Up and Dance
Starring: Alex Lawther and Jerome Flynn

This one is the "most grounded" of the third season, and may not have any sci-fi elements at all, and is described as a "kitchen sink nightmarish thriller" in which a shy young woman falls into an online trap and is forced into an uneasy alliance with a stranger.

Men Against Fire
Starring: Malachi Kirby and Madeline Brewer

Two soldiers protect a village from an infestation of feral mutants in this zombie apocalypse-esque episode, while hoping that a new technology will come to their rescue.

Opening quote
"It stemmed slightly from thinking about drone attacks and how technology is alternating the face of warfare, but it's not about drones," Brooker said. "It's a horror thriller, almost like The Walking Dead."
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Playtest
Starring: Wyatt Russell and Hannah John-Kamen

The obligatory gaming episode. A thrill-seeking traveler tries out the latest technology in gaming, "a device as mind-bendingly sophisticated as it is terrifying." Nothing else is known about the episode, except that Brooker describes it as "[their] Evil Dead 2."

Hated in the Nation
Starring: Kelly McDonald

Black Mirror is taking on online trolls, in an episode that sees a detective and her "geeky young sidekick" investigate a series of murders that are connected to social media.

Opening quote
"It deals with online rage," said Brooker. "It starts out like a stylish standard police procedural, then takes a bizarre turn."
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