Litchfield Penitentiary isn’t going anywhere any time soon: Netflix announced today that the original series Orange Is the New Black will return for at least three more seasons, with Season 4 available for streaming on June 17, 2016. Variety reports that the three-year renewal marks “the longest commitment for any TV series in recent memory.” Creator Jenji Kohan will helm the next three seasons. Get ready for more gripping backstories, unusual friendships, vicious rivalries, and, hopefully, less Piper.
Orange Is the New Black has received critical acclaim for many reasons — namely, for its racially diverse cast. This is all the more relevant considering all the current attention this topic is currently generation. In the show’s first season, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) was the main focus — an affluent white woman who got committed to Litchfield after her drug-smuggling past resurfaced. The first season’s main spectacle was in watching Piper navigate this foreign and crude environment while retaining her self of sense. This worked fairly well up until the end of Season 3 when her character crossed the line into the unbelievably malicious.
With three more seasons of Orange Is the New Black confirmed, I find myself asking, “What’s going to happen to Piper?” Not because I particularly care for her character, but because the show probably has to realign Piper for three more seasons, which seems like a daunting task. While she was a polarizing force in the first two seasons — some viewers sympathized with her struggle, while others were more inclined to sympathize with the other marginalized inmates — by the end of the latest season, opinions about her were unanimously unfavorable. The hierarchical struggles of Litchfield and the pressure to survive in prison had infiltrated her character in the most exaggerated, implausible ways. (Think: Trust No Bitch.)
On the other hand, some characters like Big Boo (Lea DeLaria), Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba), and Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) underwent compelling character development. So, for the next three seasons: less Chapman and more of the other Litchfield inmates, please?