Bandersnatch differs from its parent show, Black Mirror -- and most everything else on Netflix -- by letting viewers choose the path of the story. Depending on the depth of your curiosity, you can go through the film multiple times to find the outcomes of different selections.
According to Black Mirror co-creator Charlie Brooker, though, there are also some scenes that won't be found by anyone.
Although it may sound like the kind of spooky technological conspiracy that Black Mirror revels in, the inclusion of the unreachable scenes was actually accidental. Booker told TheWrap the film was built in a similar fashion to the way video games are made. Scenes which had already been shot and included in the narrative were cut when they weren't needed, but unlike scenes which are typically cut from a movie, they had to be kept to preserve the integrity of the coding.
“We only can’t access them because we made changes to quite a few things and as a result — and technically, because of the way it’s been put together — is like one big timeline with all the footage on it and it sort of jumps to points along that timeline," Booker explained. "So there was a point after which, I think, we delivered [and] finalized that timeline, where we then altered something to do with the interactive path, which meant that now one or two sections were redundant.”
Viewers may be disappointed they can't see those scenes, but may be even more disappointed to learn this isn't evidence of Black Mirror taking its themes into the real world. However, Bandersnatch should still provide plenty of content and mystery for those who want it.
Directed by David Slade, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch stars Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter and Asim Chaudhry. It is available to stream now on Netflix.