Black Mirror season 3 San Junipero explained: What happened in San Junipero?

BLACK MIRROR season 3 episode four, is the most critically-acclaimed episode of Charlie Brooker’s dystopian drama. But what actually happened in San Junipero?

By NEELA DEBNATHPUBLISHED: 17:12, Wed, Jan 10, 2018 | UPDATED: 17:22, Wed, Jan 10, 2018

What happened in Black Mirror, San Junipero? 

The fourth episode of the Netflix drama was quite a departure from the more bleak stories of the sci-fi anthology series. 

According to creator Brooker, 46, the episode was his attempt to redefine Black Mirror and write something completely different to anything he’d done in the show so far.

The product was an American LGBT love story set during the Eighties with a technological spin, which ended up winning two Emmy Awards.

San Junipero saw a shy, socially-awkward young woman called Yorkie (played by Mackenzie Davis) paying a visit to a beach resort in 1987.

There she encounters the vivacious Kelly (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and the pair have an instant connection.

Kelly wants to sleep with Yorkie but she declines saying that she is engaged to a man called Greg and quickly leaves the resort of San Junipero.

However, Yorkie later returns and the two women do end up becoming lovers.

Yorkie remains uncertain whether to stay in San Junipero as she dips in and out of the resort. 

Matters are complicated further when Yorkie goes back to visit Kelly in San Junipero, only to find that she’s not there. 

She has to go through the Eighties, the Nineties and the Noughties to locate Kelly, who reveals that she’s dying and didn’t want to get too attached to Yorkie. 

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis in Black Mirror season 3 San Junipero

NETFLIXGugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis in Black Mirror season 3 San Junipero

It’s then revealed that San Junipero is in fact a simulated world where people who are dying or who have died can live on forever. 

San Junipero is a place where people don’t feel pain unless their choose to and cannot die there.

The elderly are allowed to visit the world for five hours every week and that Kelly and Yorkie are in young bodies. 

Yorkie asks to meet Kelly in real life, which the latter is reluctant to do but eventually concedes.

Kelly visits Yorkie, who finds in a coma in hospital following a car crash 40 years earlier.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis in Black Mirror season 3 San Junipero
NOTE: Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis in Black Mirror season 3 San Junipero

It turns out that Yorkie crashed her car after coming out as gay to her deeply religious parents who rejected her and her sexuality. 

Yorkie desperately wants her life support system to be turned off and to live in San Junipero permanently.

However, due to her parents religious beliefs about euthanasia her wish cannot be fulfilled.

Yorkie’s “fiancé” Greg is actually her nurse, who has agreed to marry her and allow her to switch off her life support. 

After hearing the tragic story, Kelly agrees to marry Yorkie so at least she ties the knot with someone she loves. 

Mackenzie Davis as Yorkie in Black Mirror season 3 San Junipero
NOTE: Mackenzie Davis as Yorkie in Black Mirror season 3 San Junipero

Yorkie urges Kelly to be uploaded to San Junipero when she dies, which leads to an angry reaction. 

Kelly reveals that she was married to her husband Richard for nearly 50 years until his death. 

The couple had a daughter called Allison, who died at the age 39 and before San Junipero was created. 

Richard decided that he wouldn’t be uploaded to the cloud because his daughter wouldn’t be there and Kelly planned to do the same. 

But as the real Kelly’s health starts to get worse, she decides to be euthanized and join Yorkie in San Junipero where they will be eternally young together. 

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