[Warning: The above trailer contains explicit language, and SPOILERS for Orange is the New Black season 1 follow..]
The second season of Orange is the New Black is now close enough that we can count down to it in weeks instead of months, and anticipation is riding high as those Netflix users who compulsively watched the first season of this compelling prison drama wait to find out what the aftermath of the season 1 finale will be.
The first teaser trailer for Orange is the New Black season 2 was frustratingly short, but Netflix has now released a full-length trailer for the upcoming season and it’s pretty wonderful. Piper, it seems, has been consigned to SHU since her showdown with Pennsatucky (who does not appear in this trailer, but will return during the second season). Red has a new rival in Yvonne “Vee” Parker (Lorraine Toussaint), who may also be a new love interest for Suzanne. Does this mean she’s finally ready to move on from Dandelion?
One potential sticking point for the show is that Piper was originally only given a fifteen month sentence, and in TV time that’s likely to run out before the second season is over. With that in mind, it will be interesting to see whether using Pennsatucky’s face as a piñata has earned Piper some extra time at Litchfield, or whether being contrite is enough to get her off the hook after her spell in SHU.
Taylor Schilling recently told PEOPLE that Orange is the New Black is a “true ensemble” and that in season 2 “the show… gets wider and deeper to tell the stories of even more of the women.” This was already evident during the first season, during which the other characters progressively got bigger storylines and on occasion Piper was relegated to the periphery. This raises the question of whether the prison drama could continue to thrive if Piper was released.
There have been some further casting changes made this season. Danielle Brooks, who plays Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson, has been promoted to a series regular, after her character spent some time in the outside world last season and decided she wasn’t a fan of it. Lori Petty (Prison Break) has also joined the cast.
Orange is the New Black fans had better brace themselves for a whole lot of conflict. It looks like George “Pornstache” Mendez’s suspension comes to an end, which will leave him in a messy triangle with Daya and John, the latter of whom seems to be trying out a tougher approach to controlling the inmates. Hold on to your screwdrivers, because this season could get very messy.
Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix on June 6, 2014.