The lives of Piper Chapman and Alex Vause hangs in the balance in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. In a new interview, Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon talked about their character’s major leap forward and what happens after.
Orange is the New Black Season 5 Recap
Orange is the New Black Season 5 is a rollercoaster of emotions, to say the least. The inmates, following the events of the fourth season, staged a riot inside Litchfield, took the guards as hostage, and demanded that justice will be served for Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley). The riot lasted for three days and, for a while, everything went smoothly: Taystee (Danielle Brooks) assumed the role of negotiator and passed on their demands to the government who agreed to meet them.
However, things took a sudden turn when Maria (Jessica Pimentel) freed the hostages. Then the SWAT infiltrated Litchfield, rounded up the inmates and made them board separate buses while the main cast including Piper and Alex wait for their fates inside the makeshift bunker built by Frieda (Dale Soules).
Piper Proposes To Alex
In the middle of the chaos, Piper and Alex took their relationship to the next level. In Season 5, Piper proposed to her girlfriend Alex who said, “Yes.” Whether they will survive to be wedded, fans have to wait a full year to find out.
In fact, not even Schilling nor Prepon has any idea what the future has in store for their characters in Orange is the New Black Season 6. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actors talked about Piper’s unexpected marriage proposal.
“It was interesting that that’s where the rubber met the road for them,” Schilling commented. “In the midst of crisis — let’s get married!”
The actor added that the relationship between her character, Piper, and Alex would not be any different now that they are engaged. Marriage, she says, could not solve the fact that the dynamic between the couple is rather dysfunctional.
The stars of the prison comedy-drama pointed out that it was the scene where Officer Piscatella (Brad William Henke) kidnapped some of the inmates and made them watch as he tortures Red (Kate Mulgrew) that made Piper propose and Alex say yes. In the face of danger, they realized the most important thing in their lives – each other.
Future Of Piper And Alex
However, at this point, no one still knows what will happen to their characters in Orange is the New Black Season 6. The current season ended with Piper, Alex, Red, Taystee, Black Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore), Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba), Nicky (Natasha Lyonne), Gloria (Selenis Leyva), Blanca (Laura Gomez) and Freida awaiting the SWAT team in the abandoned swimming pool that they made their home for three days.
Considering that the inmates were divided into groups and sent to different prisons, if Alex and Piper survive to see Season 6, there is a possibility that they will spend their first few months as an engaged couple separated. Prepon stated that she is not even sure whether the relationship between Alex and Piper would survive even if they were freed together.
“It’s such a tumultuous, awesome, complicated relationship. Even if they both got out the same day, would they make it in the world?” The actor mused. “But that’s what’s so great about the relationship, is that they bring out the best and the worst in each other.”
Jenji Kohan’s award-winning prison comedy-drama series, Orange is the New Black, has already been picked up for Seasons 6 and 7. Seasons 1 to 5 are still available for streaming exclusively on Netflix.
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