Netflix’s original programming series House of Cards and Orange is the New Black were both success stories last year, attracting a sizable (and stable) viewing audience while also bringing newfound critical respectability to the subscription service. Cards‘ second season is now available for binge-watching (read our review of S2), while the continuing adventures of middle classer-turned convict Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling, in a Golden Globe-nominated role) will pickup in a couple of months.

Last time we saw her, it was the Winter Holiday Season and Piper was getting in the spirit of things – by beating in Tiffany ‘Pennsatucky’ Doggett’s (Taryn Manning) already mostly-toothless face, after the latter decided that attacking Piper was a good idea. Of course, Litchfield Penitentiary’s most religious meth-head was unaware that, at that point, Orange‘s protagonist had been shunned by virtually everyone she cared about and was feeling just a tad on-edge.

The first batch of images released for Orange is the New Black‘s second season (via Variety) includes a photo of a shocked-looking Piper – along with her incriminatory blood-covered hands – in the aftermath of her fisticuffs match against Pennsatucky. (SPOILER (?): Manning is listed as a cast member for the majority of the show’s new season, so one presumes Pennsatucky still lives – unless her ghost is going to be haunting Piper for the next 13 episodes.)

Other scenarios/characters teased in the latest Orange stills include seasoned TV vet Lorraine Toussaint (Any Day Now, Saving Grace) as new Litchfield addition Yvonne ‘Vee’ Parker, in what appears to be a face-off with Galina ‘Red’ Reznikov (Kate Mulgrew) – who, you may recall, had been ousted from her position of power as the prison’s head cook by the end of the first season.

The last image shows various fan-favorites – including Tasha ‘Taystee’ Jefferson (Danielle Brooks) and Nicky Nichols (Natasha Lyonne) – looking spiffy (if a little silly), dressed up for a mock job fair. Hey, it wouldn’t be Orange is the New Black if there wasn’t some off-beat humor to go along with all the power-struggling and various grim content.


Orange is the New Black – from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan based on the actual ex-convict Piper’s (real name Piper Kerman) memoir – made our 5 ‘Girl Shows’ That Guys Should Be Watching countdown, and with good reason.

The show’s in turn a smart, funny, and poignant examination of not just an entertainingly eccentric batch of very-flawed characters (some lovably so, others… not so much), but interesting social issues and concerns that span a wide range of interests – and don’t get a lot of coverage in other movies/TV shows. So, really, if you haven’t already, you ought to catch up on this unique series before the next season gets properly underway.

Orange is the New Black Season 2 becomes available on Netflix beginning June 6th, 2014.

Source: Netflix (via Variety)