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Everything you need to know about Orange is the New Black season 5

Josh Jackman April 13, 2017

Orange is the New Black is nearly back with season five, and Netflix has released a trailer to whet fans’ appetites.

Here, we recap everything you need to know, want to know and may not remember about the ground-breaking series.

Would YOU survive an Orange is the New Black prison riot?

Firstly, what is this show I’ve been hearing so much about?

Orange Is The New Black is a brilliant, unique show which has been watched more than any other original series created by Netflix since it first aired in 2013.

The series centres on Piper Chapman, an upper-class New Yorker who is sent to a women’s prison – Litchfield – after being convicted for crimes she committed 10 years earlier.

It is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, Orange Is The New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.

It’s a drama; it’s a comedy; it features trans icon Laverne Cox and involves more lesbian love scenes than you can count.

Suffice to say, the show is an emotional, psychological rollercoaster which you will not regret watching.

OITNB has also attracted critical praise, receiving 16 Emmy nominations and winning four of the awards.

So, where were we?

The new trailer recaps the last, incredibly tense minute of season four, which sees inmates gathered around pregnant prisoner Dayanara and prison officer Humphrey, with many urging her to pull the trigger.

The reconciled Alex and Piper hang back from getting involved in the riot sparked by Poussey Washington’s death at the hands of an officer, eventually leaving the scene entirely as even more prisoners arrive.

Then, a gunshot rings out.

When is the release date/day of glorious OITNB binging?

The Netflix show will be back on our laptop and TV screens on June 9, picking up exactly where it left off.

As with past years, all 13 episodes of the new season will be released simultaneously, for maximum binge-watching potential.

How is season five shaping up?

Season 5 promises to be an explosive one, with the show left on on a cliffhanger.

According to Danielle Brooks, who plays Taystee, season five will only span three days.

But the Netflix release will be “very detailed” and ” very intense,” she said, with all episodes taking place in real time.

How much have you missed in the past year?

So much.

Last year, Samira Wiley, who played Poussey, announced her engagement to one of the show’s writers, Lauren Morelli.

Their wedding last month was a beautiful, intimate ceremony with a theme of confetti.

The multi-award winning show has grown from strength to strength over the years and increased the cast to include well-known LGBT celebrities such as Ruby Rose.

And the stars have captured fans’ hearts via social media by befriending each other, celebrating Pride and travelling together.

Watch the new season five trailer below:

More: Alex and Piper, Laura Prepon, netflix, OITNB, orange is the new black, Piper Chapman, Taylor Schilling, Television, US

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