Black Mirror has always been a series full of Easter eggs and references to itself and season five, which was released on Netflix today (Wednesday, June 5), is no exception. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, however, even featured an Easter egg that referenced future episode Smithereens, released as part of season five. Billy Bauer (played by Topher Grace in Smithereens) was previously mentioned in Black Mirror’s interactive episode, released late last year on Netflix.
Billy Bauer was mentioned in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Easter egg in Bandersnatch.
One of the endings of the interactive episode sees computer programmer Pearl Ritman (Laura Evelyn) talking to a TV journalist about trying to adapt the Bandersnatch game in the 21st Century.
As she talks, a news ticker shows headlines that refer to other Black Mirror episodes.
For example, one headline reads: “Former PM Michael Callow wins Celebrity Bake Off.”
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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch features an Easter egg of Smithereens (Image: Netflix)
Michael Callow (Rory Kinnear) is the disgraced prime minister forced to have sex with a pig live on air in the first-ever Black Mirror episode, The National Anthem.
However, the Smithereens Easter egg comes via a headline that reads: “Committee Grills Smithereen CEO Billy Bauer Over Russian Bots.”