Frosties vs. Sugar Puffs: Netflix reveals Bandersnatch stats
Staff Reporter | On 21, Jan 2019
Last year, Netflix surprise-dropped Black Mirror’s first original film, Bandersnatch, an interactive choose-your-own ending sci-fi thriller. Following young programmer Stefan (Fionn Whitehead) as he tries to adapt a sprawling fantasy novel into an interactive video game, the film challenged viewers to make decisions for Stefan throughout – sending him into spiralling paranoia over his own free will, and viewers into agonising moral choices like whether to take drugs or kill someone.
Warning: Spoilers follow
The worst of all decisions, though, was simply picking a breakfast cereal for Stefan – and now, Netflix has revealed some statistics from Bandersnatch that confirm most people chose Frosties.
“On the biggest day of Stefan’s life, over 60% of his friends from the future fed him Frosties,” the Black Mirror Twitter account confirmed at the end of last week. That turned out to be just the first of several stats. For Brits, Netflix revealed that when it came to Stefan destroying his computer in a fit of anger, UK users were less likely to throw tea over the machine (52.9% vs. 55.9% of overseas viewers).
73% of viewers, meanwhile, chose for Stefan to accept the job at Tuckersoft the first time around, leading to a truncated ending that directed them back to navigating through the story’s other path – the one that was far less wholesome and upbeat, and led to our protagonist’s downfall.
As for Stefan’s ultimate fate, Netflix also unveiled that the ending viewed the least was the bittersweet conclusion that saw Stefan get on the train with his mum, after travelling back in time, leading to them both passing away.
Already navigated your way through Bandersnatch? You can see our guide to all of the endings here.