Last season of “Orange Is the New Black” was a tough one for the ladies of Litchfield, concluding with the tragic death of Poussey (Samira Wiley) and an inmate riot that found Daya (Dascha Polanco) pointing a gun in the face of one of the prison’s tyrannical guards. The show had always been a balancing act that deftly handled a blend of drama and comedy, but its fourth season was a brilliant and disturbing parallel to our current cultural climate, expertly ramping up its more political side.
The series shows no signs of slowing down — except when it comes to time. The much-anticipated fifth season will take place over the course of just three days, starting right where we left off last season. Tensions couldn’t be higher. Here’s the official synopsis:
A riot sparked by Poussey’s death quickly escalates when the inmates gain control of the prison. Once they get a taste of power, chaos erupts in the halls of Litchfield. The unprecedented season will take place in real time and over the course of just three days, leaving the inmates’ lives forever changed as they are emboldened to fight for redemption, resolution and the respect they deserve.
Who will survive the confrontation? Will there be justice for Poussey? We’ll find out when “Orange Is the New Black” returns to Netflix on June 9th.