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First 'Orange is the New Black' Season 2 Images: The Prison Life

Orange is the New Black Season 2 images

[SPOILERS FOR ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK SEASON 1 AHEAD.]

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.

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Taylor Schilling on Orange is the New Black S2

Kate Mulgrew and Lorraine Toussaint on Orange is the New Black S2

Job Fair from Orange is the New Black S2

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.

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

Source: Netflix (via Variety)

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