Black Mirror: Bandersnatch: what to know about Netflix’s interactive film

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is Netflix’s latest entry in the popular series and the company’s first real foray into the world of what it’s calling “Interactive Films.” In other words, Bandersnatch is basically a Choose Your Own Adventure movie, complete with branching paths and a variety of different endings. Thankfully, rather than making you play through — or watch — Bandersnatch multiple times, Netflix allows you to watch most of these endings simply by finishing the movie once.

Bandersnatch clocks in at around 90 minutes, making it a little longer than most traditional Black Mirror episodes. The catch, however, is that Bandersnatch can last a whole lot longer if you go back through to see just how differently things can go in the story. If you don’t have time for multiple viewings, however, you do have the option of quickly watching most of the other endings. As soon as the credits roll on whatever ending you first received, you’ll be prompted with new options.

Depending on which choices you made to get there, at the end of the movie you’ll be greeted with either the option to see the credits, or to go back to one of the story’s crucial moments so that you can change up your choices a little and see what things might have been like. This means that you’ll be able to see all, or at least most, of the possible variants without having to start things over from the beginning.

It’s not clear if there’s a limit to this or not. In our testing, we used it to see every ending that’s been found so far, and after repeating a few of them several times, the movie eventually took us all the way back to the Netflix homepage, though it isn’t quite clear why that happened. While it seems that most of the endings for Bandersnatch have been discovered for now, it’s also possible that some more complicated ending, requiring all the right choices, could exist. For now though, we’ll just have to wait and see what other Easter eggs Black Mirror: Bandersnatch might hold.

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