Netflix's dark comedy Orange is the new Black will return with Season 5 on June 9, and the prison drama is expected to be much darker than the previous seasons.
Season 5 will take place in real-time over the course of three days, and it will mainly focus on the aftermath of Poussey's death. The inmates have started rising against the officers and Litchfield is on the brink of a riot.
The first episode will pick up immediately following the events of Season 4 finale that saw Daya pointing a gun at Humphrey's head and her fellow inmates encouraging her to shoot the officer.
"I could see her pulling the trigger. Daya's definitely experiencing some postpartum depression," Dascha Polanco, who plays Daya, told The Hollywood Reporter. "She might pull back and think about being a mother and not wanting to miss the opportunity of being with her child. But a woman going through postpartum — at that point, they're very fragile and very sensitive."
When Orange is the New Black first premiered, it was touted as a prison "dramedy," but reviews state that this term will not be applicable for Season 5, considering things took a darker turn in the Season 4 finale.
Also, the stakes are much higher in Season 5. "An actor's life is always about finding their stakes for their character in that moment," Natasha Lyonne was quoted as saying by Cinema Blend. "This was a season, because it's so compressed and it's just these three days, it's like ratcheting up the intensity to eleven. It's maximum stakes constantly."
Taylor Schilling, who plays Piper, echoed similar sentiments, telling E!News: "I think the stakes are higher in this season than they have been in a while just by virtue of the compressed time and seeing people in compressed circumstance really raises the stakes. It's exciting to watch, I think for all of us."
Orange is the new Black Season 5 is scheduled to release in India on Colors Infinity on June 10 at the same time as its US release.