With fan reaction to Orange is the New Black's (OITNB) third season decidedly mixed, the pressure was on for a gripping tease for the show's' next chapter.
That was certainly delivered when Netflix dropped the season four trailer this week, which promises a much darker turn for the landmark series.
It’s a show that traverses numerous topics, from gender identity, sexuality, race, sexism, and political commentary on the US justice system. If you haven’t an episode or need a refresh before the next season lands, we've got you covered with a guide to the show's most iconic moments.
Firstly, here's the trailer:
The series begins with Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) who seemingly has her life together. She’s engaged to a writer named Larry (Jason Biggs) and lives in Manhattan. But her past catches up with her when ex-girlfriend Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) sells her out for drug smuggling. She's then sent to Litchfield Penitentiary.
Most of this season invests in the character development of Piper's fellow inmates, the politics in prison and sorting through Piper, Larry and Alex’s love triangle.
One of the most iconic moments from this season is when ‘Crazy Eyes’ (Uzo Aduba) develops a crush on Piper. She decides to mark her territory by urinating on Piper’s floor. Aduba showcases her considerable acting clout as the obsessed inmate.
In season one you meet prison officer George Mendez (Pablo Schreiber), the series' most loathed character. He is chauvinistic and sexist. He molests inmates and smuggles drugs into the prison. The worst we see from him is in the final episode of season one when he finally gets his drugs into the prison and Red – the prison’s head cook and in-house drug smuggler – flushes them down the toilet. Mendez retaliates by peeing on her Thanksgiving Turkey and threatens her life.
One of the most memorable moments from season two is when Jimmy (Patricia Squire), one of the “Golden Girls” is released from prison. She suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s. Jimmy befriended Piper during her time in Litchfield believing that she was one of her old friends, Roberta. After Jimmy attempts to dive off a stage, which she believes is a pool and hurts herself the prison decide they can’t look after her anymore and she is given compassionate release. It’s heartbreaking to watch as she’s dragged to the prison’s release van shouting out for Roberta as the inmates watch on horrified.
Another iconic moment is when the OITNB villain Yvonne ‘Vee’ Parker is purposefully hit by a van. Ms Rosa (Barbara Rosenblat) is terminally ill with cancer with only weeks to live, so she escapes Litchfield in the prison van. As she is fleeing to become a free woman, Rosa sees Vee on the side of the road, so she swerves and hits her. We don’t know whether Vee’s dead or not…
The storyline Australian audiences will recall best from season three featured Stella Carlin (Ruby Rose), who joined Litchfield prison. The defining moment from Rose took place in the cafeteria when she takes her flirting with Piper to the next level and gives her – what is now the iconic - wink.
It leads to another major series plot point: when Piper cheats on her now-girlfriend (Alex) with Stella.
Another heartbreaking moment features John Bennet (Matt McGorry) - making prison officers sexy since 2013 - who abandons Daya (Dascha Polanco) who is an inmate, his fiancee and mother to his child. We now think love is dead thanks to Bennett but will he return in season 4?
The dream couple:
Orange is the New Black's fourth season premieres June 17.