When will Orange Is The New Black season 5 be released?
Netflix renewed the prison drama for another three seasons last year, before the fourth had even been released.
Creator Jenji Kohan has confirmed that she will remain on board for seasons five, six and seven.
Orange Is The New Black will return later this year
“Three more years,” she beamed. “Not quite a political term, but still plenty of time to do some interesting things.”
She also took the opportunity to thank “the stellar cast and crew… with whom I have the pride and honour of crafting this show”.
Netflix has not yet confirmed a release date for season five, but each of the last three seasons arrived in June.
Poussey was killed at the end of season four
Her death sparked a prison-wide riot
Orange Is The New Black season 5 cast
Details are scarce about the new season, but it is thought that most of the main cast will return.
The show is known for its large and diverse female ensemble cast which includes Taylor Schilling (Piper), Kate Mulgrew (Red), Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes), Danielle Brooks (Taystee), Laverne Cox (Sophia) and Laura Prepon (Alex) – who is reportedly pregnant with her first child.
Lori Petty’s character Lolly was sent to psych at the end of season four, but the actress has said that she hopes to return in season five.
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She told The Hollywood Reporter: “I can't say for sure, but I absolutely think we will [be back].
“They are just now filming episode one [of season five] and you know how we ended season four. They have a lot to deal with right now.”
One star who won’t be back is Samira Wiley, whose character Poussey was tragically killed at the end of season four, triggering a prison riot.
Ruby Rose could return after her 30-second cameo last season, which left the door open to future appearances.
Taylor Schilling is set to return as Piper
What will happen?
Season four ended on a huge cliff-hanger, with Daya pointing a gun at Humphrey as the COs lost control of the prison.
Dascha Polanco, who plays Daya, has teased: “I could see her pulling the trigger. Daya's definitely experiencing some postpartum depression.
“She might pull back and think about being a mother and not wanting to miss the opportunity of being with her child.
“But a woman going through postpartum — at that point, they’re very fragile and very sensitive,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
Taystee has 'nothing to lose' in season five
Laura Prepon (Alex) added that season five will cover the aftermath of the riot, which Kohan has said will be “bananas”.
The new episodes will also deal with the effects of Poussey’s death on the inmates, especially her best friend Taystee and her girlfriend Soso.
Kimiko Glenn (Soso) says that she “can’t imagine she’s is going to have an easy time dealing with it”, while Danielle Brooks (Taystee) has hinted that her character will be at war and now has “nothing to lose”.