First came The X-Files and soon we’ll have 24: Legacy, but before that there’s also a third FOX revival series heading to the small screen. Prison Break, starring Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller and Sarah Wayne Callies, premiered in 2005 and lasted four seasons on the network, where it also quickly became one of TV’s most buzzed about shows. And now a nine-episode event series bringing back most of the former cast is scheduled to air sometime in early 2017.
Not much is known so far about the Prison Break revival, except fans can expect to see Miller and Purcell return as brothers Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows. The limited series also picks up long after Michael’s apparent death in season 4. When clues surface suggesting that her ex-husband may still be alive, Sara (Callies) teams up with Lincoln to engineer the series’ biggest escape ever, as three of Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious former prisoners — T-Bag (Robert Knepper), C-Note (Rockmond Dunbar) and Sucre (Amaury Nolasco) — are pulled back into the action to help find Michael.
A new image released from EW (seen below) features a heated moment in which and Sara argue over this new information, and she looks shocked to say the least. It’s been seven years since Michael sacrificed himself in the series finale, and finding out he’s been alive all this time will definitely ruffle some feathers. According to the series’ first trailer, he’s being held in a Middle Eastern prison, so we can expect even more Prison Break shenanigans to get him out.
Of course, seeing as Michael’s location has been a mystery for so long, don’t expect his captors to want that information out in the open. Lincoln’s discovery will instantly put him and Sara in danger. In an exclusive sneak peek below at the storyboards of a car chase from the premiere, we see Lincoln is run off the road by new villains Van Gogh (Steve Mouzakis) and A&W (Marina Benedict), who want nothing more than to continue keeping Michael a secret.
Executive producer Paul Scheuring explains to EW, “If people start finding out that Michael is still alive, then it puts their larger secret agenda at risk. They’ll kill anybody that finds out.” Yet as we know, that’s par for the course for Lincoln, who’s “always getting himself into trouble,” Purcell says. But this time around, he’s “much more aware of the consequences of his actions.”
Yet even if Lincoln, Sara and the gang manage to get him out of the Middle Eastern prison, inquiring minds will also want to know just how Michael beat the supposed brain tumor plaguing him throughout season 4. There’s a lot of questions at this point as to how Michael is still alive, where has he been all this time and why he’s being kept prisoner by these new villains. Perhaps maybe this time Michael can get a happy ending to their story, as he works to get back to his wife and kid ala Greek classic The Odyssey.
Prison Break will air on Thursdays @9pm starting sometime in the spring of 2017 on FOX.