Orange Is the New Black Season 4 Review

Orange Is the New Black Season 4 Review

One week after its debut, fans are ready for more Orange Is the New Black.

The original Netflix series premiered its fourth season of the hit series last Friday, June 17th. This gave binge watchers the entire weekend to watch all 13 episodes.

The season picked back up from the inmates fleeing off prison grounds to a nearby lake, after having guards walk out on warden Joe Caputo, (Nick Sandow). In the process of this happening, the prison gained 100 new inmates.

Here’s the season’s most shocking moments. (Please be advised that the following article contains spoilers.)

While Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) is getting strangled in the greenhouse by a hitman hired by her ex-boyfriend, Lolly Whitehill (Lori Petty) walks in and stomps the man until she think he is dead. The two women hide the body and decide to come back later to get rid of the body. When Vause returns, she notices that he is still alive and suffocates him, a move that haunts her throughout the rest of the season. With the help from another inmate, they cut up the man’s body and bury him in the vegetable garden.

Meanwhile, security is increased when a team of well-trained, new guards are ordered to Litchfield. They are led by Desi Piscatella (Brad William Henke). Piscatella and his crew are used to working with inmates in maximum security settings, and are not lenient when it comes to rules or punishments.

With the wave of new inmates, Dominicans become the majority at Litchfield and quickly began pronouncing themselves as the top gang and demand the ultimate respect. Their leader, Maria Ruiz (Jessica Pimentel) ends up in a feud with main character Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), creating racial tension between the Whites and Dominicans.

After managing to get Ruiz more time in prison, Chapman is lured into a hall during a party, where she is snatched and Ruiz’s gang burn a swastika into her arm.

With drama, there was the emotional, tear-jerking moments that left fans in awe.

Upset by the guards’ excessive use of force, the inmates decide to begin a peaceful protest in the cafeteria by standing on the table. Piscatella, calls back up and demands they be pulled down immediately.

In a surprising turn of events, the life of Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) is taken by one of the guards.

Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba) panics because of a pervious incident with the new guards. As Washington gets up to try to calm her down, the guard slams Washington to the ground and shoves his knee into her back, holding her neck down, oblivious to the fact that she cannot breathe.

After her death, Washington’s body lays on the floor for hours until administrators are able to inform the media that her death was a tragic accident. Washington’s best friend, Taystee Jefferson (Danielle Brooks), overhears the warden Caputo telling news stations the guard responsible will not be fired, causing her and the other inmates to start a riot.

All-in-all, this was probably the best season of Orange Is the New Black yet. It made us laugh and cry, and it reminds us that being in prison does not make you inhuman.

Orange is the new Black has already been approved for three more seasons. There is no current schedule for the release of Season 5.

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