During a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Charlie Brooker, the series creator admitted to scrapping an idea for the original draft of the episode because it was just too painful to watch. In the episode we see, Greta is a hardworking single woman, but the original draft portrayed her as an overworked mother. Here’s what Brooker said during the AMA:
“In an early draft of ‘White Christmas’, the character of Oona Chaplin (Greta) had a child – there was a scene in which ‘Cookie Greta’ saw ‘Real Greta’ reading a story to her son, then s realized that she would never hold or truly “be with” her child again. But it was so dark that it overpowered everything else so we got rid of the child. called Greta because there were two of them and “Greta’s minds are alike. Ha. Ha.)”
As if it wasn’t already awful watching this sentient little clone watch his “true self” live and enjoy life while trapped in what is essentially the Poké Ball from hell, Brooker intended to making the poor woman watch the children grow up. she would have all the love and affection she would never have to interact with them again.
Yeah, it’s pretty dark, even by “Black Mirror” standards. Considering “White Christmas” tells three different nightmarish stories, this edit was a wise move on Brooker’s part as it would have been the saddest part of the episode and would have prevented the final scene twist from hitting as hard as it did. ‘she is doing it. So the next time you watch “Black Mirror” and debate whether or not you should talk to a therapist afterwards, remember that in a different world, the story could have been even more emotional.
Season 6 of “Black Mirror” is now available to stream on Netflix.