Black Mirror creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones reveal dark scene cut from 'San Junipero'

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From Digital Spy

Season five of Black Mirror is barely a day old, but we're here to talk about beloved season three episode 'San Junipero' instead.

Well, what else are we supposed to do now that we've watched all three new episodes?

Offering a glimmer of hope and joy in an otherwise morbid Black Mirror hellscape, 'San Junipero' follows Yorkie (Mackenzie Davis) and Kelly (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) across time as they live in a simulated reality for the dying and deceased.

It wasn't always going to be the dystopian series' version of light relief, however.

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Speaking to Refinery29 ahead of season five's premiere, Black Mirror creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones revealed one typically dark moment that was (thankfully) too much for 'San Junipero'.

"I'd started writing a scene where you see Gugu's character in a kindergarten," Brooker explained. "And then you realise afterwards that these are children who had died and been uploaded to this world."

He added: "In many ways it was a beautiful image, but it was so heart-rending, it destabilised everything else. So, sometimes we won't put something in for that reason."


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Elsewhere, Brooker recently spoke to Digital Spy about how one episode of the new season has a link with 'San Junipero' – and that's just for starters...

Black Mirror season 5 is available to watch on Netflix.

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