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EVERYONE is talking about Netflix's new episode of their hit dystopian show, Black Mirror. To be honest, we can't forget it, because it's so damn INTENSE.

Bandersnatch is an interactive feature which clocks up over an hour-and-a-half of pure, unadulterated MADNESS where the viewer makes choices on behalf of the protagonist.

Each choice which we make influences the future and fate of Stefan, a computer programmer who is creating his own version of Bandersnatch as a game in 1984.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Writer Charlie Brooker must have almost gone insane himself writing all ten endings; the episode is so tangled and complex that the audience themselves feel complicit in every horrible thing which ensues.

Whether it's choosing methods of murder, the music which Stefan listens to or even just his cereal preference, we are in control of him and boy is it a RUSH.

The reactions online, predictably, have been absolutely hilarious. Here are some of the gems which we dug up after we un-shook ourselves (it took some time and whiskey TBH)…

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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.

1. Those of us who enjoyed controlling Stefan a lil bit too much:

 2. Our tangled minds trying to comprehend reality:

3. Will Poulter's EYEBROWS?

4. The shock we felt when our decisions had actual consequences…

5. The whole dad debacle. I mean, no words needed.

6. Those CRAZY folk who decided to watch Bandersnatch and Bird Box on the same day, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING:

7.  Those tough, tough choices re: breakfast though:

8. Let's face it, we all chose for Colin to jump rather than Stefan and then felt guilty didn't we:

9. We don't even know how to explain this one:

10. When Colin was the SPITTING IMAGE of Sid from Toy Story, except blonde:

11. Poor Stefan trying his best to understand us:

12. Why murder was easier than deciding cereal?

13. We're all evil.

14. When we chose a computer game over a 19-year-old boy's sanity:

15. We got banderSCALPED.

16. We couldn't live without finding out those endings, mmkay?

17. We became sub-human:

18. Our own mental health was simply compromised:

19.  We all wanted Stefan to succeed, didn't we?

20.  The whole Colin-Stefan relationship was warped AF:

21. Finally, who else was attracted to either Colin or Stefan??

The show has ruined us completely. 

Good luck to anyone who managed to watch the full thing, as well as finding out each (mind-boggling, usually tragic) ending.

We need to go lie down, the world is SPINNING. 

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Does anyone else remember those Give yourself Goosebumpos books by R.L Stine?

The 1995 interactive version of the classic Goosebumps tales allowed the reader to choose their own destiny in the books by making choices for the hero or heroine, with the aim of the game being to get the the end of the book safely, defeating all the monsters, tests of logic and chance encounters as you went. 

Now, Netflix is making this process a reality for movie lovers. 

You can now officially choose the twists and turns that your Netflix film takes with their brand new feature.

Netflix has introduced Interactive Storytelling, and has rolled out the experience with a kid's classic, Puss in Boots.

'Netflix members are in control of how the stories unfold,' reads a new post on the Netflix blog. 

'The intertwining of our engineers in Silicon Valley and the creative minds in Hollywood has opened up this new world of storytelling possibilities on Netflix.'

'The children’s programming space was a natural place for us to start since kids are eager to “play” with their favourite characters and already inclined to tap, touch and swipe at screens.'

'They also talk to their screens, as though the characters can hear them. Now, that conversation can be two-way.'

'It’s really about finding the right stories – and storytellers – that can tell these complex narratives and bring them to life in a compelling way.'

This is truly the stuff of our childhood dreams. 

 

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We all get wrapped up in our favourite TV shows from time to time and wish that we could just lead all the characters in the right direction.

Unfortunately, that never happens, but with technology that Netflix is looking into, we might not be that far off from choosing our own TV show endings.

According to The Daily Mail, Netflix is reportedly looking into how to develop the user experience.

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It wants to allow viewers to have full interactive control of the shows they like, and let users guide the narrative the way they want it.

A source told the publication, "We're doing work on branch narratives so you are actually making choices as you watch.

"All the content will be there, and then people will have to get through it in different ways. We'll see how it plays out. It's an experiment."

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The insider added, "We'll see if it gets much success. For creators, it's new territory."

It's not yet known whether the interactive experience will be rolled out on existing shows or if totally new ones will have to be commissioned, but we have to say, it'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

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