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Black Mirror’s Lesbian Love Story ‘San Junipero’ Wins Two Emmy Awards

Netflix’s sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror took two awards at last night’s Emmys, with show creator Charlie Brooker winning both Outstanding Television Movie and an Outstanding Writing award for the episode San Junipero.

The winning episode, San Junipero, was a stark departure from the show’s usual blend of sci-fi and horror.

Starring Mackenzie Davis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, the episode was hailed as a classic immediately for the way that it combines Black Mirror’s trademark futuristic vision with a beautifully told love story.

It tells the love story of two women Kelly and Yorkie (Mbatha and Davis), whose realities are not quite what they seem, but whose love is very real.

Brooker told the Emmys audience.

San Junipero was a story about love – and love will defeat hatred, love will win,”


Though Brooker originally conceived the story with a heterosexual couple, he thought twice about his own assumptions and decided to make his lovers women.

He told EW

I think it gives it an extra resonance, because they couldn’t have legally got married in [the real] 1987, so we’re gifting them that in this world, in this story of second chances. That adds a whole extra subtext about reliving your life and exploring things you didn’t have a chance to do.”

Mbatha-Raw adds

It’s about human beings and love and souls. And it’s not about [sexuality] being a problem. That wasn’t the focus of the story and I think that’s actually really refreshing.”

The upbeat tone also moves the show away from the “dead lesbians” TV trope, where a disproportionate number of lesbian characters are killed off tragically onscreen.

Brooker conceived the happy ending partially to subvert that trope – though technically both characters do die to achieve their idyll.

Black Mirror Takes on Lesbian Legacy

If you’re not yet aboard the Black Mirror train, then surely you’re missing something spectacular and very oddly cryptic. It hasn’t made enough rounds on the internet as the talk yet, but Season 3’s delivered quite an impact since being part of the Netflix family.

Black Mirror is an anthology series that features a modern take on speculative fiction. It focuses on dark – or rather, satirical themes – examining our society. It’s an exciting ride for the average Joe, but it’s sure to pique the interest of theorists and aspiring scientists alike.

Also, every episode is jam-packed with techno-paranoia and just the right amount of drama (and not in the sense you’re thinking, nope).

It takes on something entirely different (at least in creator Charlie Brooker’s sense) and experimental (non-traditional Black Mirror way, that is) in its episode San Junipero.

We don’t want to give away too much (just in case you wanted to see the episode for yourself – which, by the way, you totally should), but it is set in a party town where people go to have fun, by nature of definition, of course.

Free-spirited Kelly meets new-girl, conservative Yorkie and well, they fall in love.


Brooker recalls telling Vanity Fair.

It was another decision where I just thought, Well, OK, let’s question that. Is that the best version of this we could do?

It is a simple love story in a not-so-simple world. Also ironic is how it is set in 1987 – an era where most of these things aren’t really socially accepted (yet).


It gives you twists and turns you wouldn’t imagine, delivering an absolute thrill to the LGBT Community in a very positive light. Safe to say, it’s a job well done to Brooker and the team for taking a different, yet still familiar route.


He says,

I wasn’t consciously reacting to other things in the culture, so much as thinking. This makes it a more interesting story.”