Exclusive Prison Break Video Shows How Lincoln Has Changed For Season 5

In this era of Peak TV, there's another sub-level of Peak Revival TV, and a ton of people were pumped when Fox announced the twisty drama Prison Break would return for another season, eight years after it originally ended. With a set of nine densely packed episodes, as opposed to the 22-episode sets of yesteryear, Prison Break's fifth season will be a lot different from what we remember, as will the characters themselves. Check out the exclusive video below, in which star Dominic Purcell talks about how his character Lincoln Burrows has changed from Season 1 to now.

It's impossible to picture anyone but Dominic Purcell in the role of Lincoln Burrows, and it's brilliant the way the video above directly juxtaposes the actor talking about the role back in 2005, when Lincoln was wrongfully sentenced to death for the (non) murder of the Veep's brother Tim Steadman, and Purcell talking about the role twelve years later. Because everything changed for Lincoln after Season 4's feature-length finale, in which Wentworth Miller's Michael Scofield was (supposedly) killed off by sacrificing himself for Sara to live. When Season 5 begins, the brick-faced criminal with a soft inner core no longer has the makeshift family that kept him going during his most hectic days, so Lincoln has to look backwards.

He's forced to completely start over down his rarely-do-well path to making money by any means necessary, and it'll take Lincoln back to his own old hideouts so that he may try to re-form the life he once had. Looks like that won't be the easiest thing for him to do, either. Thankfully, that part is presumably easy to handle once it's revealed that Michael is actually still alive! The details behind that resurrection aren't entirely clear just yet, which is great, but we know that this time around, Michael will be the one starting it off trapped behind the metal bars, with Lincoln on the outside waiting to get him out. Perhaps we'll get to see him show off more of those "redeeming qualities" that Purcell talked about.

And as you probably saw in the video, Lincoln totally beats the shit out of somebody with a hammer and then quasi-suplexes him onto a windshield. He is in beast mode, so Michael better be very appreciative, and there better not be anything wrong with his brain these days. But we're keen on seeing if he's got some fresh ink.

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And it won't just be Lincoln getting all the work done, as fans will get to see several familiar faces, such as the aforementioned Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies), T-Bag (Robert Knepper), Sucre (Amaury Nolasco) and C-Note (Rockmond Dunbar). They're getting the band back together, and you can probably expect to see a band member or two pulling some double-crossing at some point along the way. But hey, a criminal's gonna criminal, especially T-Bag.

For the most part, fans have Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell's time together on The Flash to thank for more Prison Break, since their partnership as rogues-gone-Legends Captain Cold and Heat Wave jump-started conversations about returning to the action drama. Once creator Paul Scheuring got involved, the ball really got rolling, and here we are, less than a month from Season 5's premiere.

Make sure your cell is nice and tidy, because Prison Break will make its long-awaited return to Fox for Season 5 on Tuesday, April 4, at 9:00 p.m. ET. While waiting for all the high-stakes escapes, head to our midseason premiere schedule and our summer premiere guide to see everything else that's hitting the small screen in the near future.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.