'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' Offers 'More Than A Trillion' Story Choices

WARNING: Extreme spoilers for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

Name a better person than Charlie Brooker to come up with a ground-breaking interactive piece of telly that will blow your mind. We'll wait, and wait some more.

In fact, we'll probably be waiting for as long as it would take to complete every single combination of Black Mirror's latest instalment Bandersnatch because there are supposed to be more than a trillion of the damn things.

If you've been living under a rock, you might not have heard the news about Bandersnatch - it's the story of a young programmer called Stefan (played by Fionn Whitehead of Dunkirk) who plans to turn a multiple-choice book into a computer game.

Pretty soon, we learn that the author of the original book was drove to murdering his wife. So things aren't set to be smooth running for Stefan.

Viewers make choices along the way as to how the story will go, meaning the episode can run for between 40 minutes two and a half hours, but on average is usually 90 minutes. Some of them are fairly low-impact (or at least they seem to be), including which cereals to eat for breakfast and which music to listen to - although these have no bearing on the outcome (sorry not sorry).

Speaking of the Frosties or Sugar Puffs dilemma, Carla Engelbrecht, Netflix's director of product innovation said: "We want [viewers] to have a successful choice early on."

Netflix engineers built the company's very own script-writing tool for branched narratives, dubbed 'Branch Manager'.

The mind-blowing movie comes with five possible endings but news outlets such as the BBC and Variety have stated that there are more than a trillion possible unique story combinations. LADbible has reached out to Netflix for confirmation of this figure.

One thing is for sure, creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones grabbed Netflix's tools and absolutely sprinted, because they eventually hit the wall with the Branch Manager tool.

Brooker told Variety: "It kept expanding, even when we were in pre-production. We deliberately pushed what was going to be possible. The story outline crashed."

One of the 'choices' the viewer decides for Stefan after he speaks to a therapist. Credit: Netflix/Bandersnatch
One of the 'choices' the viewer decides for Stefan after he speaks to a therapist. Credit: Netflix/Bandersnatch

And, as expected, the Reddit detectives are out in full force attempting to decode the entire thing. Do these people not have jobs?

Reddit users have been trying to de-code 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'. Credit: Reddit/alpine-
Reddit users have been trying to de-code 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch'. Credit: Reddit/alpine-

They are hunting down all the possibilities and there's a running thread collecting all available endings with explanations on how to reach certain destinations.

But, wouldn't that just take all the fun out of it? Watch it like the rest of us and question who you are - like the rest of us...

Featured Image Credit: Netflix/Bandersnatch

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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