Everything To Know About “Orange Is The New Black” Season 6

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Everyone mark your calendars because, on July 27, Orange Is The New Black is coming back to Netflix! I’m sure we’ve all been anticipating this day since the trailer dropped on July 9, which revealed how the inmates are dealing with their new surroundings, following the riot in season five. If you need your memory jogged, the final episode of season five – which played out over three days during a riot – saw 10 of Litchfield’s finest, including Alex, Piper and Nicky, in Frieda’s bunker that had just been broken into by the CERT officers, while the rest of Litchfield’s inmates were loaded into buses and heading to new prisons. According to sources, filming for season 6 wrapped up in February.

If you’re just as excited as we are for the hit show to be making a comeback you’ll be even more excited to see all the spoilers we have. Just a little warning, there are a few changes but that’s nothing us Orange Is The New Black Fans can’t deal with.


New Opening Credits

Though they’re mostly the same as the old ones, the big difference is that they now feature a few shots of the new prison interspersed between the women’s faces.

We certainly know of 10 inmates that have to be back and they are the ones left in the converted bunker in Litchfield at the end of season five. They are: Frieda (Dale Soules), Suzanne (Uzo Aduba), Cindy (Adrienne C Moore), Taystee (Danielle Brooks), Red (Kate Mulgrew), Piper (Taylor Schilling), Alex (Laura Prepon), Nicky, Gloria (Selenis Leyva) and Blanca (Laura Gomez).


Welcome To The New Prison

There may be a new prison but that doesn’t mean the old drama is getting left behind.


Cast Changes

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Caputo (Nick Sandow) let a prison riot start on his watch, so if he’s back, it probably won’t be in a correctional capacity (he’s in the trailer for a hot second, but definitely not inside a prison). Chang (Lori Tan Chinn) and Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) escaped during the riot and their whereabouts are currently unknown, though Pennsatucky shows up in one trailer shot next to Suzanne so she seems to have been caught.


The Writing Is Back And Better Than Ever

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Even diehard fans admitted that season five was kind of disappointing and so did its producers. “We had lost a bunch of the original writers,” producer Tara Herrmann said last year. “It wasn’t anyone’s fault. It was just a new dynamic. People were attached to the characters as viewers, not as creators.” Only two of season five’s writers were rehired for season six.

But don’t expect a dramatic shake-up in season six as Kohan also confirmed it’ll still be an ensemble show. Herrmann says, “Toward the end of season five, there were some people that were agreeing to stick together, and there were some people that were looking out for themselves. We’ll see the repercussions of those decisions in this next season.”


Say Hello To Tina

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Rebecca Knox will appear as a new character named Tina, though little is known about her at this point. “She is a tough little thing,” said Rebecca. “She knows what she wants and she will do whatever it takes to get it.” Also, Lolly is back! The trailer for season six shows everyone’s favorite four-eyes popping up for less than one second. She was last seen in season four, being escorted to psych after admitting to murdering the guard found buried in the garden.


Where’s Alex?

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Though the other bunker inmates appear in the trailer for season six, Alex is notably missing, and Piper comments on her whereabouts. “Where is Alex?” she asks at one point. “Don’t you think it’s weird we’re the only people in here?”

Along with the many answers we’ve all been waiting for, season 6 definitely has some high expectations. Time to clear up your schedule for the countless hours of binge-watching.


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