*Major spoilers if you haven’t watched the season already*
Orange is the New black season 6 was released on Netflix 27th July. I finished the whole season within 2 day and I can no longer feel any sort of emotion.
If you can remember the series of events from season 5, you will know that we were all a witness to the riots that occurred at Litchfield Penitentiary. Daya shot CO Humphrey, Maria stole Gloria’s chance to see her son by releasing the hostages, Alex and Piper became engaged, and with Red hellbent on revenge, she (and friends) captured CO Piscatella. However, he finally had his comeuppance as he was accidentally shot by riot guards, when he was let go by Red herself. We left the inmates of Litchfield as they were then moved to maximum security prison.
And that’s what you missed on Glee.
This then leads to Season 6 showing the aftermath of the riots and what happens to them. For some, the transition to max is a smooth ride and they deal with some normality, but for others, they really face the consequences and the injustices.
Being moved to max also means meeting new faces. We meet Piper’s new roomie, Madison or “Badison”, who has to be one of the most annoying characters of all time. Her goal is to cause trouble by pulling pranks and threatening Piper. While it’s all fun an games at the beginning, for the rest of the season, it just gets tiring and unnecessary. There’s not really a story line that goes with Badison’s antics, although it is shown that she does need to feel a part of the group. To be accepted. But either way, I can’t stand her.
Then we have the Denning sisters, Carol and Barb. The sisters are the driving force behind the main story line for this season, and they cause a divide in the prison and become the boss of their own blocks due to the hatred of each other. C-Block belongs to Carol and D-Block belongs to Barb, and the rivalry between each block is extreme, to the point where they plan to jump a game of kickball with secret weapons. The sisters ended up in max due to killing their little sister, in which it has to be one of the most darkest backstories OITNB has ever told. However, their hatred grew towards each other because Carol supposedly stole a story that had happened to Bard, and the sisters have hated each other ever since. That is it. No other reason. And then it turns out that the story neither happened to Carol or Barb. During the final episode, they have an argument as to who the story belonged to and later end up killing each other over it.
Although the story line for the sisters ended up not so well for them., the characters were written very well. Showing respect between other characters, like Carol and Red’s mutual hatred for Freida, and Nicky helping Barb through her drug withdrawal, we saw sides of them that they really do care for others, if they are treated right back. However, it shouldn’t go unnoticed that they shouldn’t be messed with because they could really do some damage, and the hatred they have for each other makes for a really fun, dramatic watch.
Moving on from the new faces of max, we have our inmates from Litchfield. Some characters I loved even more, and then there were some that I started to despise. Daya took a turn for the worse as she took a plea deal for shooting CO Humphrey and knowing that her staying in max for life was inevitable, started to hang with the wrong crowd, getting involved with drugs. Barely recognisable as herself, and making the wrong decisions, she definitely wasn’t made to be the character we all knew and loved. Maybe we were not meant to like her, because I for sure don’t.
Blanca, surprised me the most as she ended up being my favourite character for the entirety of the season. Fitted with funny remarks and the hilarious story line to try and get pregnant inside of prison with the help of Nicky, she became one of the characters that didn’t have a side to hate. She was even released early. YAY.
However, the excitement for Blanca was soon dissolved, as we found out that good ol’ Linda Ferguson A.K.A Amelia Von Barlow from season 5, revamped MCC and Litchfield Penitentiary, and changed it to PolyCon and replaced the former Litchfield with an Immigration centre. As Blanca was being lead out of max with Piper (as she was let out on early release due to Badison’s failure to give her extra time), The two were split into different queues. Piper being lead out of the prison’s doors, and Blanca being lead out the back door facing an immigration and customs transport bus. This alerting the big issue in America, immigration and being separated from families by force.
This also coincides with Taystee being framed for the death of Piscatella. Involvement from the ACLU and #BlackLivesMatter to help with Taystee’s case really hit home for viewers due to it being a huge injustice in America. By portraying such subjects on a show, it is more likely to bring up a conversation and show how important of an issue it really is.
Because of the events that happened in the finale, we will most be getting a 7th season due to all of the unanswered questions. What will happen to Blanca? The aftermath of Taystee’s trial? Will Alex and Piper’s relationship survive 4 more years whilst Alex is still serving time? Is Lorna and the baby okay? Will C-Block and D-Block find peace?
Being a fan of Orange is the New Black since the beginning, and it being one of my favourite shows, I was pleased with the season, but at the same time, not satisfied. Some of the story lines for some characters were unnecessary and what about the other prisoners who were located to different max facilities? Maybe this is all something we will find out in the next season and the story was held for then? Who knows.
Either way, it’s still a show that I adore and I can’t help but mention some of the moments that made me happy. For example, Alex and Piper’s ‘prison’ wedding, Flaca and Cindy’s radio show, and the new guards, Alverez and Ginger. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
P.S. Just gotta show some appreciation for young Carol Denning, like, come on.