Netflix Reveals ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Ending That Was The Least Selected
By Mikelle Leow, 18 Jan 2019
Video screenshot via Netflix
Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch isn’t like anything the streaming service has done before.
For the first time ever, viewers have a hand in the way the plot plays out, as they are prompted to make choices for the episode’s protagonist, ‘Stefan Butler’, at numerous plot points. For this reason, the film is unusually difficult to pirate.
In a rare move, Netflix has tweeted out viewership data on the outcomes that audiences of the episode have chosen.
Kicking things off on an easy start, Netflix revealed that ‘Stefan’ had ‘Frosties’ cereal, thanks to 60-percent of his “friends from the future.”
The platform’s UK and Ireland leg also followed up with a tweet proving that cultural upbringing matters in the choices you make. It turns out that only 52.9-percent of British subscribers—being British—chose to make ‘Stefan’ throw his tea over the computer instead of shout at his dad, possibly due to a reluctance to waste tea. This is a slightly lower percentage than the international figure of 55.9-percent.
Netflix US then revealed that 73-percent of US viewers were good-natured, and wanted ‘Stefan’ to accept the job offer at tech company ‘Tuckersoft’. “We just wanted ‘Stefan’ to live his best life!... How were we supposed to know?”
Finally, Netflix’s sci-fi-focused team, NX, divulged the juiciest fact of them all: the ending that was least chosen by fans.
“Out of the five main endings, the one where ‘Stefan’ goes on the train with his mom *fights tears* was the path least traveled.”
To quote ‘Colin Ritman’—colleague of ‘Stefan’ and star of ‘Tuckersoft’—“How one path ends is immaterial. It’s how our decisions along that path affect the whole that matters.”
The release of this data is pretty unexpected of Netflix. With that said, it is an apt move in line with the Black Mirror episode, and matches the incredibly meta scene in 1984-based Bandersnatch when ‘Stefan’ cries out, “What the f*** is Netflix?”
On the biggest day of Stefan's life, over 60% of his friends from the future fed him Frosties.— Black Mirror (@blackmirror) January 17, 2019
Here with your very British update. Compared to the rest of the world, Brits were *less* likely to waste a good cup of tea (obviously).— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) January 17, 2019
Bandersnatchers in Britain chose "throw tea" only 52.9% of the time. The rest of the world do so 55.9% of the time https://t.co/uPIY1gBMl2
We just wanted Stefan to live his best life!!!— Netflix US (@netflix) January 17, 2019
That's why 73% chose to ACCEPT the job at Tuckersoft.
HOW WERE WE SUPPOSED TO KNOW ?!?! 😭https://t.co/K0LUHPFn3K
Relax. It's hard to predict the future!— NX (@NXOnNetflix) January 17, 2019
And it's even more difficult to change the past.
Out of the 5 main endings, the one where Stefan goes on the train with his mum *fights tears* was the path least traveled.https://t.co/NhxbbmSzZj
[via Syfy, cover image via Netflix]
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