Charlie Brooker, creator of the dystopian show “Black Mirror,” revealed to the UK’s Radio Times this week that he’s not working on season 6 of the hit TV series — because he thinks the world is already bleak enough as it is.
“At the moment, I don’t know what stomach there would be for stories about societies falling apart, so I’m not working away on one of those,” Brooker told Radio Times. “I’m sort of keen to revisit my comic skill set, so I’ve been writing scripts aimed at making myself laugh.”
The show originally aired on the BBC’s Channel 4 and was picked up in 2015 by Netflix where it lived on for another three series and an interactive film in the “choose your own adventure” format called “Bandersnatch.”
The show has taken on some extremely dark subjects, from a memory implant that records everything you see and hear, to insurance investigators that can harvest memories, to a kidnapping plot in which the UK’s prime minister is forced to have sex with a pig.
Considering we’re living through a global pandemic with hundreds of thousands of people dying at the hands of a deadly virus — and political leaders failing so hard that they upstage satire — it’s really no wonder Brooker isn’t down for another season.