We’ve been counting down the days until the next season of Black Mirror for months now, after the choose-your-own-adventure Bandersnatch blew our minds in December. Would the next season be as ambitious as that mini Black Mirror movie? Or would the show settle back into the familiar, subtle terror of its earlier days?
Luckily, we don’t have long to wait to find out, and Netflix is ramping up the hype with heaps of new marketing material for season five. First we got individual trailer teases of the three new episodes, and now we’ve got a series of posters that are as tantalizing as they are beautiful. Let’s take a look.
The first is for the episode “Smithereens,” which stars Andrew Scott (a.k.a Fleabag‘s “Hot Priest”) as “a cab driver with an agenda who becomes the center of attention on a day that spirals out of control.” We can see what looks like Scott holding a gun to the head of a passenger with the a map marking the “end of route” as a backdrop. The episode co-stars Topher Grace and Damson Iris.
Next, we have a look at the episode “Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too” which stars Miley Cyrus as a pop star whose seemingly happy existence is anything but. The poster depicts her as a doll, held in place with plastic wire. We have to imagine this is symbolic of the predicament Cyrus’ character is in. The episode also stars Angourie Rice and Madison Davenport.
The final poster is for “Striking Vipers,” which features Falcon himself, Anthony Mackie, along with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Beharie, Pom Klementieff, and Ludi Lin. The episode is about two college friends who reunite later in life, triggering a series of upsetting events. The episode appears to be about temptation, as evidenced by the split colors and the woman trying to pull Mackie back from whatever he’s about to do. Because this is Black Mirror, we have a feeling she might fail.
The fifth season of Black Mirror will debut in its entirety on Netflix on June 5.