Will There Be a ‘San Junipero’ Sequel on Black Mirror? Director Owen Harris Weighs In

Saturday, 26 November 2016 - 12:49PM
Black Mirror
Saturday, 26 November 2016 - 12:49PM
Will There Be a ‘San Junipero’ Sequel on Black Mirror? Director Owen Harris Weighs In
In the second season episode of Black Mirror, "White Chrismas," writer Charlie Brooker introduced his audience to the concept of a technological hell, where a consciousness can be captured, contained digitally, and then made to live out endless years in solitary confinement. When the new season of Black Mirror dropped earlier this Fall on Netflix, it was a pleasant surprise to see the reverse: a technological heaven called "San Junipero."  

"San Junipero" was high and away the most beloved episode of Black Mirror's new season, with many calling it the best episode of the entire series. Featuring a same-sex couple, one of which has died and lives in a simulated reality of an 80s beachside town, the other visiting the town using virtual reality, "San Junipero" earned praise for its optimism, a rare quality in Black Mirror. Recently, director Owen Harris sat down for an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and one of the things he was asked about was the possibility of a future "San Junipero" sequel.  

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Do you think there are other versions of San Junipero in the Black Mirror universe - could we see a sequel?

It'd be nice wouldn't it? It'd be fun to do a San Junipero sequel. But you have to remember that if there is a sequel, Charlie Brooker will be writing it. He'll go all Black Mirror on it and he might not want to do two happy endings!
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It's great to hear that Harris is up for directing an episode connected to "San Junipero," but the prerogative to actually create that episode remains Brooker's. With his apparent commitment to keeping things anthologized, however, a literal sequel is likely out of the question. It's more likely that the same concept could return in a future episode and feature totally different characters and totally different realities (it was mentioned in the episode that San Junipero is not the only after-death simulation to exist in the Black Mirror universe). If fans are hoping to see Yorkie and Kelly make an appearance on the show again, they're probably out of luck, unless it would be for a brief cameo.  

It's interesting to note that even though San Junipero ends on a high, all of the trademarks of Black Mirror episodes are still present: the twist, the moral conflict, the social commentary on commercialism and the failings of human nature. Brooker definitely created something special when he imagined "San Junipero," and his ideas will likely inspire future works of science fiction, just as authors and screenwriters like Rod Serling undoubtedly inspired him. His contribution to the genre is undeniable.  

Black Mirror season three is currently available for streaming on Netflix.
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