6:45am PT by Jackie Strause
Netflix Reveals Premiere Date for 'Orange Is the New Black' Season 5
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the fourth season of Orange Is the New Black.]
A storm is coming for the ladies of Litchfield when Orange Is the New Black returns.
Netflix announced Wednesday a date for the highly anticipated return of Jenji Kohan's prison dramedy. The fifth season of OITNB will premiere June 9.
Along with the release date, the streaming giant unveiled a 15-second teaser for the new season, providing a first glimpse at the collective mood of the orange-clad prisoners after season four's game-changing tragedy and cliff-hanger finale.
The footage rotates from prisoner to prisoner as Alex (Laura Prepon), Piper (Taylor Schilling), Nicky (Natasha Lyonne), Flaca (Jackie Cruz), Taystee (Danielle Brooks), Lorna (Yael Stone), Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore), Maria (Jessica Pimentel), Red (Kate Mulgrew) and Gloria (Selenis Leyva) are shown running a post-Poussey Washington gamut of emotions, ranging from shock to fear and rage. The teaser ends where season four left off, with Daya (Dascha Polanco) holding the gun that will seemingly initiate a prison-wide riot.
Laverne Cox, though missing from the teaser, also joins the returning castmembers for season five.
After the provocative death of fan-favorite character Poussey (Samira Wiley) — who was accidentally suffocated by Bayley (Alan Aisenberg), a white guard, during a protest — her body was left on the floor for a day and her death was covered up, prompting a grieving Taystee to incite the inmates to riot. Enraged by the abuse at the hands of the new guards, Daya gets a hold of one of the guard's guns and points it back at him, leaving viewers to wonder if she will pull the trigger and where the timely Netflix dramedy will ricochet come season five.
"It's war," Brooks told The Hollywood Reporter when asked about the effect Poussey's tragic death will have on the upcoming season. "Taystee has nothing to lose, she’s lost everything that she cared so deeply about. It’s time to fight"
Brooks recently revealed the fifth season of 13 episodes will take place over the course of three days, breaking tradition from previous seasons. OITNB has kept the time span of each season vague so as to not specifically address how much time is left on characters' sentences, and the condensed time span is likely a shift to address the intense fallout after the inmates' devastating loss.
"It will be very detailed, very intense, and you better get ready," Brooks added of the season. "Get your popcorn, your tissues."
The cast of the award-winning series, produced by Lionsgate, recently picked up their third consecutive SAG Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series. Ahead of the season-four premiere, OITNB was renewed through season seven, marking the longest commitment of any Netflix original series.