One of the most talked-about shows of the year, the Emmy-winning Netflix Original Orange is the New Black is currently on the long prison van ride toward Season 3. So it’s about time we start talking about where the character-filled comedy drama will be headed next year, and which characters will be getting due development.
SPOILER ALERT: This article will contain spoilers about the events of Season 2, so watch what you need to before reading further.
When Will Orange is the New Black Season 3 Air?Netflix has announced that Season 3 will stick to the summer release schedule of seasons past and will hit the streaming service on Friday, June 12. You can find all of Netflix's upcoming releases here.
In addition, Netflix has already renewed Orange is the New Black for Season 4, which will hit the schedule sometime in 2016.
Where Did We Leave the Litchfield Prisoners?When everything faded to orange at the end of Season 2, Litchfield was on lockdown after Vee escaped through the trafficking spot in the greenhouse. Of course, most of the people inside were happy to see the manipulative and domineering Vee get the hell out of Dodge, and they’d have been even happier to know that the terminally ill Rosa, whom Morello allows to escape with the escort van, ran Vee down as she was presumably about to go into hitchhiker mode. Rosa is finally happy now, if not completely at peace, and Vee is (hopefully) dead on the side of the road with blood leaking from her nose. There’s always the chance that she’s still alive, but her arc here is complete, and Jenji Kohan would do fine to let that chapter end.
Meanwhile, inside the prison, Piper was not quite still seething at the budding relationship between former fiancé Larry and former best friend Polly, but mostly because she had a hand in getting her lesbian lover/friend/enemy Alex back into Litchfield. Alex, meanwhile, wasn’t too pleased to realize that her time as a relatively free woman was coming to a jumpsuit-filled end.
Taystee, Black Cindy, Jenae and Poussey were all very happy to finally be free of Vee’s psychotic matriarchy, while Crazy Eyes was mourning the loss of the one person in the prison who understood her and cared for her. (While also playing super evil mind games with her, but that went over Crazy Eyes’ head.) Big Boo and Nicky came to something of a mutual understanding that they’ll be holding onto Vee’s former heroin stash for their own side gig next season. Sister Ingalls ended her hunger strike. Soso finally came to the understanding that prison sucks and changes people. Red was still on the mend from getting whacked with the lock-in-a-sock, although her face looked even more like a bacteria warzone by the end.
And Pennsatucky still doesn’t have any friends; not even Healy anymore, really. As it should be.