‘Orange Is the New Black’ Is Back and Ready to Rumble in Season 3 [Videos]

Orange Is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black (OITNB) is back and ready to rumble in Season 3. The Netflix mega-hit series has returned for another 13 episodes of penitentiary pranks and hijinks among the Litchfield ladies. While the Season 3 release was originally set for June 12, fans were delighted to learn that the streaming media giant released the new episodes several hours ahead of schedule. All three seasons of Orange Is the New Black are now available for streaming at any time on Netflix, and watch an official trailer for Season 3 of Orange Is the New Black, which is located at the bottom of the article.

The prison drama has become a mainstay and crown jewel among Netflix’s impressive collection of original series. The series was created by Executive Producer Jenji Kohan, who also writes many of the show’s episodes and also created the Showtime hit series, Weeds. OITNB features an excellent ensemble cast which includes Taylor Schilling (Mercy), Laura Prepon (That 70’s Show), Natasha Lyonne (Slums of Beverly Hills), and Kate Mulgrew (Ryan’s Hope). The show centers on a group of female inmates at the fictional Litchfield Penitentiary. Orange Is the New Black is produced by Lionsgate TV and based on events in Piper Kerman’s life as well as her memoir. Kerman is the real-life author on whom Schilling’s character of Piper Chapman is based.

Orange Is the New Black

In Season 1 of Orange Is the New Black, the majority of the story focused on Piper Chapman, who is portrayed by Taylor Schilling, an upwardly mobile, privileged, and engaged woman who turned herself into authorities and was sentenced to 15 months in prison for a decade-old drug offense. The first season saw doe-eyed Piper introduced to her new world as a convict and incarcerated prisoner, as well as the effects it had on her old life and relationships. By the time Season 1 concluded, the changes were evident in Piper, who delivered a savage beating to one of her fellow inmates. In Season 2 of OITNB, the story expanded and viewers learned much more about the ensemble characters, as well as their lives before they landed in Litchfield. When Season 2 concluded, Piper had ended her engagement with fiance Larry (American Pie‘s Jason Biggs) and turned in her former lover, Alex (Laura Prepon), for a parole violation following her release from prison. Meanwhile, inmate Dayanara (Dascha Polanco) was romanced and impregnated by John Bennett (How to Get Away With Murder‘s Matt McGorry), the kind-hearted prison guard. Moreover, lethal and conniving matriarch Vee, who was played by actress Lorraine Toussaint, had escaped from prison, only to be run down and killed by another inmate, who had been deemed terminally ill and made her escape in a prison van. Now, Orange Is the New Black is back and ready to rumble in Season 3. When the action picks up in Season 3 of OITNB, Alex has returned to Litchfield and the prison is hosting the inmates’ children for Mother’s Day. The series continues with backstory revelations and details via flashback storytelling. However, the focus of the story is no longer on Piper, but it has become evenly disbursed among the ensemble cast in Seasons 2 and 3.

As Season 3 of Orange Is the New Black explores darker material and more about the ensemble cast via in-depth flashbacks, it also examines the harsh realities of prison life and the economy. In Season 3, Litchfield Penitentiary is a kinder environment because Joe Caputo (Nick Sandow) has been promoted to the prison warden. However, the facility is facing serious budgetary cuts and in danger of closure. If the prison is shut down, the inmates would be re-allocated and the guards would be unemployed. For more insight and details, watch the video below of the OITNB cast being interviewed about Season 3.

Orange Is the New Black (OITNB) is back and ready to rumble in Season 3. The Netflix original series has returned for another 13 episodes of penitentiary pranks and hijinks among the Litchfield ladies. The prison comedy-drama has become a crown jewel among the streaming service’s ever-expanding selection of original series and it is a ratings juggernaut, as well as a critical darling, for Netflix. While the Season 3 release was originally set for June 12, fans were delighted to learn that Netflix released the new episodes several hours ahead of schedule. All three seasons of Orange Is the New Black are now available for streaming at any time on Netflix, and as promised, watch an official trailer for Season 3 of Orange Is the New Black below.

By Leigh Haugh

Sources:
Netflix–Orange Is the New Black
IMDb–Orange Is the New Black
Entertainment Weekly–Orange Is the New Black: Will Alex Find Uut What Piper Did?
Vanity Fair–Orange Is the New Black Is Somehow Funnier and Sadder Than It’s Ever Been

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