They’re coming back! The women of Litchfield prison are gearing up for season 5 of Orange is the New Black, and things are definitely about to heat up. The highly acclaimed Netflix series will return to a small screen near you on June 9, the streaming service confirms.
In addition to announcing the premiere date, Netflix also released a 15-second preview for the new season. In the intense first look, the riled up prisoners showcase their best glares and blank stares. And that pretty much sums up the collective emotions many still have after last season.
In season 4, fans got to learn a little more of the backstories of some of the inmates, but more importantly, the season continued to create a dialogue by commenting on current racial tensions and social movements. The death of Samira Wiley’s character Poussey, was a particularly defining moment, which made connections to the Black Lives Matter movement. Her death ultimately was the final straw that led the inmates to rebel against the corrupt guards working the prison.
“You better get ready,” Danielle Brooks recently spilled of the new season on the red carpet at the SAG Awards. “Get your popcorn, your tissues. I don’t know when it’s coming out because they don’t ever tell us, but sometime in the summer.” Brooks and the rest of her cast mates picked up their third consecutive SAG Award for Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble Comedy Series in late Jan. 2017. Netflix also confirmed that they have renewed the series through season seven, making it the longest commitment of any other original series on the streaming service.