Orange is the New Black Season 5 is going to be intense, to say the least. According to actress Natasha Lyonne, who plays the role of Nicky Nichols, the upcoming episodes of the award-winning prison comedy-drama is going to be a wild ride as the women of Litchfield Penitentiary demands for justice.
Intensity Level 11
The surprising turn of events in last season’s finale was just the beginning: the new season of the hit drama will see the continuation of the prison riot. After months of abuse that led to the untimely death of one of their own, Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley), Daya (Dascha Polanco) picked up a gun and held it to the head of the correctional officers.
What happens next, fans still have to wait a few weeks to know. But what Lyonne can promise right now is the show will raise the bar and keep viewers at the end of their seats.
“It’s so compressed. It’s just these three days, it’s like racking up the intensity to 11,” the actress told amNY.
Last year, it was revealed that the events of the entire fifth season will take place in just three days. Fans will still get 13 new episodes of the prison drama, but everything that will happen on the screen will only take three days to capture the immediate grief of losing Poussey. With the correctional facility on a stand-still as the inmates demand better treatment, there are definitely more stories to tell.
“So, I think that for us, it was an intense and just a wild ride,” Lyonne added. “Still, though, we shot it over six months, so I imagine that for viewers it’s going to be even that much more intense.”
Riot In Prison
But the new season might provide an even bigger impact considering the current political climate in the U.S. Laverne Cox, whose character Sophia Burset has just been released from solitary confinement, commented that “there’s a resistance that is happening in the country right now” which, she thinks, parallels the conditions inside Litchfield.
Orange is the New Black has always explored and started conversations about the relevant social and political issues. But while the series was not crafted to become an outlet for protest, it has been an avenue for a lot of people to experience what other have gone through of their race, socioeconomic status or gender.
Taylor Schilling, who plays the role of Piper Chapman, told The Hollywood Reporter that the show’s honesty allowed personal tragedies within the show to become universal. “There’s a ripple effect and in our case it allows for the audience to see people who may be outside of their sexuality, race, socioeconomic status, size, gender or many number of things and see how it relates to them,” the 32-year-old explained.
Chaos in Litchfield
Meanwhile, Danielle Brooks (Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson) added that fans should brace themselves for what is about to happen. While the characters on the show have always been intense, things are going off the rails in Orange is the New Black Season 5.
The actress added that the ladies are taking over and, now that the normal order inside the correctional facility has been trampled, it is going to be interesting what these ladies are going to do.
The Jenji Kohan-penned series also stars Laura Prepon, Uzo Aduba, Selenis Leyva, Yael Stone, Taryn Manning, Lea DeLariam Adrienne C. Moore, Jackie Cruz, Jessica Pimentel, Dianne Guerrero, Laura Gomez, Constance Shulman, Abigail Savage, Annie Golden, Kimiko Glenn, Beth Fowler, Michael Harney, Nick Sandow and Kate Mulgrew. Orange is the New Black Season 5 will premiere on June 9 only on Netflix.
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