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Five reasons why we’re excited for the return of Orange Is The New Black

Monday, June 25th 2018 by Oprah Flash

Who could have predicted we would actually have a good summer this year? The sun has been beaming for a few weeks now and we’re all hopeful that it stays for a few more weeks.

Although most of us are loving being outside and soaking up the vitamin D, If the hay fever is just too much for you and you plan to stay indoors to escape the killer pollen, Netflix has released a juicy list of upcoming shows for July, which are perfect for you to stay inside and binge.

We’re particularly looking forward to reconnecting the beloved Crazy Eyes and girl gang from Litchfield Penitentiary, as Orange is the New Black (OITNB) season 6 is coming to Netflix on 27 July so if you’re not up to date, you’ve got a month to binge and catch-up.

For those who are new to the OITNB, it’s based on Piper Kerman’s 2010 memoir, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, and tells the story of a diverse group of inmates serving time in a women’s prison.

***Possible Spoilers Ahead***

We’ve tried to keep it spoiler-free but there may be a few breadcrumbs that the eager-eyed readers among you may piece together.

Cliffhanger and comedy sandwich

Without dropping too many spoilers on you, be prepared to feel a cocktail of emotions while watching this series. From shock, to awe, to disgust to downright belly-laughs Orange is the New Black will have you rolling on the floor then gripping onto the sofa five minutes later.

At the end of season five we were all left feeling trumped as there is no way of guessing what’s in store for our favourite inmates. Following the death of a seasoned favourite, the prison breaks out in a riot as the community inside and out of the prison seek justice.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Adrienne C.Moore, who plays Cindy, said: "I'm always excited about every season and what's going to happen, but this season, I feel like it’s an amazing facelift."

This confirms our suspicions that the series, which is already rampant with cliffhangers, is undergoing a complete revamp. The chess pieces have been thrown into the air and we have no idea where they will land, so watch this space.

Deeper shade of orange

One thing that makes OITNB stand out for us is how well the writers and producers portray each character’s development. Piper Chapman is the series’ protagonist, but from season 2 onwards we see her character increasingly take a step back from the limelight while the focus is shone on each of the other characters.

A lot of care is put into telling the backstory of each of inmate so you can’t help but feel personally invested in what happens next and it cuts you even deeper when their luck takes a turn for the worst.

Progressing through the series it’s nice to see individual characters grow in confidence and strength to take on a leadership position. We’re intrigued to see how the group will adapt to the challenges that season 6 brings them.

It tackles real life social issues

If you’re up to date, you’ll know that season 4 evoked raw emotion among both the characters and watchers alike. At the time that the season aired, the rawness of racial and social climate of America was at its height.

Issues that have been taking place for years – but were brought to the forefront of American consciousness thanks to greater coverage aided by social media campaigns – are featured in the show.

While greatly saddening and difficult to watch, it was a relief to see this represented in OITNB. It helped to spread awareness of the gravity of the topic while giving you an insight into both sides of the story which are often overlooked.

Alongside this serious issue, the show opens your eyes to some of the everyday struggles that female prisoners go through that you may not have previously considered – everything from finding companionship to privacy and overcoming your own personal demons.

Together we’re stronger

Another beauty of OITNB is the sense of solidarity shown by the women. It’s heartwarming to see, that while the female prison is split by race and class, when the going gets tough, each sector within the penitentiary comes together to achieve a common goal. It’s girlpower and a breakdown of racial divides at its finest.

The producers have been a bit tight lipped about spoilers for season 6, but whispers around the internet suggest that heading into season 6 the group will be divided down the middle and taken to two separate facilities. It will be interesting to see if the girls manage to uphold the strength of their fellowship.

With tensions running high, the shooting of a guard and the end of a season long riot, Danielle Brooks has teased that the sense of togetherness will be shattered this upcoming season. Brooks, who plays Taystee, said: "So you're definitely going to see all of the girls trying to figure out how to get out of this rabbit hole they've created.

“Who is loyal to whom? Who is standing alone? Who is motivated by their own personal will to get out of prison? Who lies and who tells the truth? All of that stuff will come out this season."

Winner winner, chicken dinner

OITNB is gripping and well produced so it’s only right that it has been a bit greedy when it comes to winning awards.

Uzo Aduba secured her place in the history books by winning Emmys in both drama and comedy categories for her role as Crazy Eyes, while creator Jenji Kohan was nominated for an Emmy for her role behind the scenes of the critically-acclaimed series.

July on Netflix

Power, Sacred Games, El Chapo and Teen Wolf are just a few of the gripping series that are making a comeback to Netflix this summer.

For Netflix, 2018 has been a strong year with its total number of subscribers going up to 125 million worldwide and the streaming giant now having a bigger media presence than Warner Bros, Fox and Sony.

After the 30-day trial, a basic subscription costs £5.99 a month which will allow you to stream from one screen at a time. O2 is currently giving away a free subscription with its phone and SIM-only deals.

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