Black Mirror S5E2: Smithereens Ending Explained

Black Mirror Smithereens Ending Explained

Social Media has become an integral part of our lives now. From food to boots, we love snapping everything. Even though Black Mirror has shown problems with out behavior in previous seasons, the latest episode takes it to a next level. For those of you out of the loop, the Smithereens episode focuses on social media addiction.

In the episode Chris’s wife dies as he gets distracted while driving. The cause of distraction being social media.

Black Mirror S5E2 Ending Explained

The episode also sheds light on how much we sell ourselves to companies. Right from what we eat to where we go, everything is tracked by companies worldwide. We are a part of a large system of manipulation. In the Smithereens episode, social media companies had plenty of data on Chris and his day to day activities. With tech companies being under scrutiny worldwide offlate, this episode was the perfect way to show the world of the consequences of their action.

The episode also tackles fake news. In the episode, the boys shared that the police got word of the gun and it spread like a wildfire. It was how Chris was keeping himself up to date on the situation at hand. A poor choice really.

Black Mirror Episode 2: Smithereens Ending Explained

The episode is self explanatory, but a big question arises at the end. Whether or not the police missed? If they did manage to hit the target, who did they hit?

Unfortunately, we doubt it’ll be answered by anyone. If the boy is hit, then it means more guilt has been added to the conscience of Chris. If Chris dies, then it means everything’s over.

Recently someone from  Reddit even suggested that  looking for answers shows the addictiveness of the show.

“That’s not necessarily the intention. But that’s a perfectly valid interpretation. Really it was about how this massive drama — this most important day in several people’s lives — was reduced to ephemeral confetti that just passes us by; just one more little crouton of a notification. So it was about the disposability of it and how it becomes just another distraction for a myriad of other people. But I almost prefer your interpretation. I should have just said, “Yes you are right.””

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