As keen Black Mirror fans wait for the fourth season to land on Netflix later in the year, some interesting information about those upcoming episodes has slowly emerged through various sources. Earlier in the month, David Slade revealed that he’d be directing a piece, and the iconic Jodie Foster will also be helming her own episode in season 4, with co-creator Charlie Brooker describing that particular instalment as having more of an “indie drama” vibe about it.
Recently, though (via Digital Spy) magician Penn Jillette surprised eager subscribers to his podcast, ‘Penn’s Sunday School‘, by admitting that he is also involved in Black Mirror‘s forthcoming fourth season finale.
Here comes the spoiler squirrel…so if you want to know nothing, Jon Snow, look away now!
Jillette started by talking about a time in the 80s when he spent a short spell in hospital.
“During that time, I got this idea for this short story called ‘The Pain Addict’. I was postulating a future where you could put a gizmo on your head and feel someone else’s pain. So there would be doctors whose whole job it was to feel pain and say, ‘His left arm is broken.’ ‘That’s not actually appendicitis, that’s a cancer thing.’
“They felt every pain. Like prizefighters and childbirth and child cancer. And this guy gets addicted to it and starts beating people to feel their pain. He also goes through S&M and all he wants to do is jack into Jesus on the cross. He wants to feel that pain.”
So far, so incredibly dark, but he hit a brick wall when he went on to later submit the futuristic tech tale. “I wrote this story. It was the first story I wrote when I got a computer. When we did Penn and Teller’s first book, we had short stories in it. I submitted this and the editor said, ‘That’s too dark.'”
Hmm, who do we know who loves things that are way too dark?
“I’ve been trying to find a place for this story, which I thought was really good. I tried to write a comic book and they said no. I pitched it as a movie and they said no. So I told Charlie Brooker all of this and he said, ‘Oh, pain addict. That’s good!'”
Ah, yes. Mr. Brooker to the rescue. Jillette says that the story now has a part in the season finale that we’ll get a chance to clap our eyes on later this year, and that the episode will be in the ‘White Christmas’ format. Called ‘Black Museum’, it’ll have three stories interwoven around a remote Las Vegas museum, where a carny will present objects from a collection.
More news as we have it. In the meantime, feel free to flick over to page 2 of our Black Mirror season 4 nerve centre, for everything we know so far about upcoming episodes.
Black Mirror season 4 release date
Charlie Brooker has been keeping fans up to date with the progress of Black Mirror‘s fourth season, which is still currently shooting. We’ll bring you any news from Netflix regarding the release date as we have it, of course, but as the third season landed in October of last year, another autumn start could be likely.