In the world of revivals if ‘Orange Is The New Black’ doesn’t get to have a glorious comeback, then what has it really been about? We can’t wait for new ‘Orange Is the New Black’ episodes to hit our screens once again.
The journey from ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 1 to Season 7 has been one hell of a ride. As ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 7 saw inmates of Litchfield preparing to say goodbye to the most-watched show on Netflix. Season 8 will see them reunite for another one. Let’s see what the show has in store for us and who will comprise the new ‘Orange Is the New Black’ cast.
- What is Netflix’s prison drama OITNB about
- OITNB Season 1 through 7: The story so far
- What are the chances for Netflix’s ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 8
What is the prison drama OITNB about
Orange Is The New Black is a powerful and a compelling memoir of Piper Kerman written in 2010. The show is based on the novel that explicitly details Piper’s excruciating experience as a federal woman prisoner. ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 1 starts with Piper being sentenced to a federal jail on charges of money-laundering for nearly thirteen months.
However, Netflix’s version of her story looks beyond the main character. It loops in stories of different women inside the prison, coming from different race, socio-economic class, and ethnicities. Each woman carries a unique story of hers, as important as the protagonists. This makes the whole cast of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ equally significant.
As the episodes of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ progresses, the show gives a deeper insight into the country’s polarized policies on immigration, the atrocities conducted inside prisons, and its impact on mental health among an array of other topics.
All the awards and accolades the show has won
Netflix’s OITNB has received many accolades since its debut. Many of these awards are due to the stellar performance by each member of the ‘Orange Is the New Black’ cast. The series has swept 4 Emmy Award and several Golden Globe nominations. Taylor Schilling received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama).
In 2013, the American Film Institute chose the series as one of the Top 10 TV Programs of the Year. ‘Orange Is the New Black’ is also the first series ever to receive an Emmy nomination in both comedy and drama categories.
OITNB Season 1 through Season 7: The story so far
Piper Chapman leaves her supportive fiancé Larry after being sentenced for 15 months to a women’s prison for a crime committed 10 years earlier. She grapples with the racial differences and bizarre prison politics.
Unfortunately, one day she offends Red, the powerful matriarch of the prison kitchen, who retaliates by serving Piper a bloody sanitary napkin and subsequently starving her. A few days later Piper is surprised to find out that Alex Vause, her ex-girlfriend (who recruited her into smuggling drug money), is held in the same prison.
Meanwhile, Larry’s editor wants him to publish an article about Piper’s incarceration. Larry publishes his article about Piper in the New York Times, which turns her into a person of interest for inmates and corrections officers overnight.
One night, Piper is awakened and without any information forced into a plane with no whereabouts. After she lands, Piper discovers she is in Chicago to testify in the trial of Alex’s drug boss, Kubra Balik. Her testimony in the court leads to an extended jail term for Alex.
Meanwhile, Red starts to grow plants in an old greenhouse as a cover to move contraband of drugs into the prison. However, an accident in the kitchen lands Red to the hospital in the fourth-to-last episode of ‘Orange Is the New Black’, where her cognitive impairment is properly diagnosed. Once she’s released from medical, Red is transferred to B-Block ‘Florida’ where she will spend the remaining 10 years of her jail term.
In Season 6 Episode 13, the audiences witnessed an in-prison marriage of Piper and her lover Alex Vause officiated by Nicky Nichols. However, once Piper’s sentence is reduced, from 15 months to 13 and she is released from the jail, Piper feels devastated about leaving Alex behind. Later, Alex is shifted to a prison in Ohio where Piper also shifts in order to start a new life.
What are the chances for Netflix’s ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 8?
The finale episode of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 7 aired on July 27, 2018, after which there has been no news on a follow-up season. In spite of being Netflix’s most-watched and highly acclaimed series, the makers haven’t thought about producing the eighth season of OITNB yet.
However, if there is another season of OITNB, it could possibly throw light into Alex’s story as a freed inmate and her love story with Piper, taking a new leap. Meanwhile, retaining the plot’s focus on Piper’s fight to instil criminal justice reforms in the country and equal rights to immigrants.
The possible cast of Netflix’s ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 8
The audiences hope to see their favourite characters – Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, Laura Prepon as Alex Vause, Yael Stone as Lorna Morello and Samira Wiley as Poussey Washington – return in ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 8.
Other characters central to the show that the audiences would love to watch in Season 8 are Jason Biggs as Larry Bloom, Kate Mulgrew as Galina “Red” Reznikov, Michelle Hurst as Miss Claudette Pelage and Michael Harney as Sam Healy.
Arguably, OITNB is such a great show that the fans would really love to watch another season of the prison drama by Jenji Kohan. However, till any further announcement is made, you can go back and re-watch ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 7, or may be even the whole series, and come up with new plot ideas for a new season.
Let us know in the comment section below if you’re interested in watching OITNB Season 8, and if you have any fan theories about the show.
Who died in real life from OITNB?
Multiple persons have died on the show. But, in real life, no one has died.
Does Blanca get pregnant in OITNB?
Blanca did make plans with Nicky to get herself artificially inseminated with the help of a condom left by Diablo in the visitor’s bathroom, with his ejaculate. However, the plan does not work out and Blanca is not able to conceive.
Why do Carol and Barb hate each other?
The sisters are locked in a perpetual state of arrested development. Though they’re middle-aged women, Carol and Barbara have been imprisoned since they were teenagers. Neither woman had the chance to live an independent life, which would have allowed their bad feelings for each other to dissipate amid adult concerns. Neither grew up in the conventional sense of the phrase. So, their petty sibling fights congealed into a state of permanence.
Is OITNB based on a true story?
‘Orange Is the New Black’ is based on the true experiences of Piper Kerman. Kerman wrote her memoir, citing her experiences as an inmate in a woman’s prison, in a book titled “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison”. The main protagonist of the show is Piper Chapman play Kerman’s role in the show.