Viewers Are Feeling Super Guilty About Their Choices In ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’—And The Memes Are Gold

The lines between video games and TV/movies have been blurring for years now, but this week that hybridization seems to have reached a new level…

And people aren’t quite sure what to do with it!

This week, Netflix and Black Mirror creators Charles Brooker and Annabel Jones dropped a new episode of the pitch-dark series, which posits all sorts of mostly mortifying places to which our constantly evolving technology and digital culture may lead in the not-too-distant future.

But this time, it’s Black Mirror itself making the technological breakthrough.The new episode (which is actually more of a movie) is a “choose your own adventure.”

It’s entitled “Bandersnatch,” and it’s interactive.

Viewers choose what happens next in the story, or, if they elect not to, the film makes a choice at random. There are five possible endings, with a total running time anywhere from 40 to 90 minutes, depending on the viewer’s choices.

Naturally, this has really wowed the viewing audience.

After all, this is quite a breakthrough. Netflix even had to create its own software tool to write the story—a story that has over a trillion possible unique permutations!

But some of those permutations put the story’s main character, Stefan (played by Dunkirk‘s Fionn Whitehead) into some mortifyingly sticky situations.

And on social media, people are having some crises of conscience over where their choices are making Stefan go.

Which, knowing Brooker, is probably the entire point of this!

And apparently, some of this life-ruining all comes down to cereal choice.

We’ll never look at Froot Loops or Lucky Charms the same again (those aren’t the cereals in “Bandersnatch” but who knows what would happen if they were‽).

And to make your choices even more difficult to decide upon, apparently the endings to “Bandersnatch” are full of Easter eggs you’ll only find if you make the right choices…

…and according to the episode’s director David Slade, many of them are so difficult to find they “may never be unlocked.”

No pressure!

Anyway, if you’re like some people and this is just not your cup of tea…

…fear not: a full new season of Black Mirror drops in 2019.

And don’t worry—it’ll make all the choices for you!