In Orange Is the New Black season 7, the audience saw inmates of Litchfield preparing to bid farewell to the most-watched show on Netflix. The speculations about season 8’s release in June 2020 have made fans very hopeful and excited. Read on to know more.
- Jenji Kohan talks about her experience.
- Season 8 confirmation
- Sneak peek into season 8
Who would’ve thought that the inmates of Litchfield would become great revolutionists? Considering they had to deal with a lot of mental and physical harassments, injustice and lack of empathy, they sure were some women we could all take inspiration from.
In an interview with The New York Times, show creator Jenji Kohan intended for the show to “create an impact and connection, more than anything else.” She continues by saying, “Even if people are nothing like these characters, if they can recognize the emotional truth of their human experience, then it’s been a success.”
Inspired by Piper Kerman’s memoir ‘Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison’ the series was the first of its kind to receive an Emmy nomination in both Comedy and Drama categories.
In another interview, Kohan discusses her experience of reading, and the after effect the book had on her. She immediately set up a meeting with Kerman to pitch her idea of a TV adaptation. Later in July 2013, the series was premiered on Netflix and within no time, became a sensational hit.
Fun fact: The title sequence features real former female prisoners including Kerman herself.
What will season 8 look like?
Season 7 ended with Piper trying to make a clean start. She is happily married to Alex and has begun to path her way to a better life. At Litchfield, Pennsatucky loses all emotional ability to imagine a positive life for herself and commits suicide. Moments later we see Taystee receiving the GED certificates of her students- including Pennsatucky’s. The Poussey Washington fund is set up as an aid to newly released inmates to get back on their feet.
Blanca is released from prison and is also given a green card to stay in the USA but she chooses to fly to Honduras to be with Diablo. At the same time, Gloria is also released and is seen spending time with her kids at home. The remaining characters have bitter sweet endings to their stories.
While there is no official announcement by the producers of the show, fans definitely wish there were a new season
As a fanfiction, season 8 to me would look something like:
Alex has been released from prison, Piper has finally completed her legal studies and they plan to move away to another city to start a family of their own. Taystee becomes an educator at the prison, while Suzanne and Black Cindy continue to be great support systems to each other.
Red and Gloria open a small restaurant and release a cookbook which entails all the recipes of the meals cooked in the prison kitchen. Caputo takes a break from being a prison warden and tours with his band while the rest of Litchfield prison lives in fairness and have better access to the rights they deserve. But of course, there would be some drama from time to time.
Season 7 was definitely very tearful. No exaggeration- as soon as Danielle Brooks a.k.a Taystee began singing her original song ‘season’, which is played over the credits of the final episode, I was overwhelmed with emotions, so much that I cried for two days straight.