Today Netflix released the first full trailer for the sixth season of Orange is the New Black. After a violent prison riot turned the lives of Litchfield’s inmates upside down in the Netflix dramedy’s last season, fans and critics eagerly await the series’ return to find out what happened to the 10 women who refused to leave their bunker during the police raid.
Featured in the trailer is everyone except Alex (Laura Prepon) who gave birth to her first child when production on the sixth season of OINTB began. Piper (Taylor Schilling), Taystee (Danielle Brooks), Red (Kate Mulgrew), Suzanne (Uzo Aduba), Nicky (Natasha Lyonne), Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore), Gloria (Selenis Leyva), Blanca (Laura Gomez), Frieda (Dale Soules), and Daya (Dascha Polanco) are all seen adjusting to life in the maximum security prison on the Litchfield campus.
The new settings present a variety of challenges for the inmates. Factions divided by uniform colors, instead of race, dominate prison yard politics, as an investigation into the event of the three-day riot at Litchfield Penitentiary has the women facing what appears to be less-than-honest interrogation tactics by authorities.
“Picking up one week after the emergency response team stormed Litchfield Penitentiary, the ladies of Litch have been torn apart, literally and figuratively, as they enter a new facility,” according to the season synopsis from Netflix. “Now newbies they must navigate new rules and power dynamics, starting at the bottom, and getting hazed by inmates and tortured by guards. Friendships will be tested and new allegiances formed — some by choice and others by circumstance — as the women face a slew of charges from the riot. Will they take plea deals and turn on each other or band together and keep their bonds intact?”
Other interesting tidbits from the trailer include the return of Lolly (Lori Petty), Taystee donning civilian clothes (a possible re-entry into the real world), and the separation of besties Flaca (Marisol Gonzalez) and Maritza (Diane Guerrero).
Netflix has renewed the Jenji Kohan project through the seventh season, which could possibly be OINTB’s last. Kohan has concerns about continuing the show due to the time constraints, as Piper only served an 18-month sentence. Currently, the series is ten months into her hard time, all of which took place before Donald Trump became president. Ignoring the current climate on such a politically-fueled series would deny viewers the commentary they’ve seen on previous seasons.
“Do we just throw the timeline out the window,” Kohan questioned in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “Season five is season five, but for six, I don’t think anyone can help but incorporate some of the feelings associated with what’s going on and the divisions and all that stuff.”
The sixth season of Orange Is the New Black premieres on Netflix on Friday, July 27.