Lea DeLaria, who plays Big Boo in [Orange Is the New Black](series:761587) , has been talking-up season 3, claiming that it "is so much better than anything they've put out yet."
The series will be released in full on Friday June 12th, with 14 episodes this season, unlike the past two that only included 13. Bonus!
With the well-known spoiler-aversion of writer Jenji Kohan, we don't have much to go off to back up Big Boo's claim about season 3's brilliance, but some confirmed season 3 developments are certainly looking promising.
Aussie Stunner Ruby Rose Will Heat Things Up
Rumors swirled in mid 2014 that the Australian model-turned-actress might be signing on to the show, but it was only confirmed for many when she posted the following pic to Twitter...
Stella Carlin will be her characters name, and according to reports she could become the subject of attention for many in Litchfield! It is likely that BOTH Alex and Piper could vie for her affections and this could become a pretty steamy love triangle!
CSI's Mary Steenburgen will Love the Unlovable
It has been confirmed that Mary Steenburgen will play the mother of Pornstache, and suggestions have been made that she may vie for custody of Daya's soon-to-be-born baby.
Pornstache (also knows as Officer Mendez) won't be a regular on the show this season, since he is off somewhere, locked up in jail. But Steenburgen's Mrs Mendez should provide an interesting plotline that will throw off Daya and Bennett's mildly romantic plans.
Faith will be Explored Further
The writer of OITNB, Jenji Kohan, has stated an "exploration of faith is a big part" of season 3. Assumably that means some more preaching from Pennsatucky and her mignons, but perhaps it could also reflect a lack of faithfulness shown by Alex and Piper and the other couples in the show.
In fact, it seems as though Pennsatucky's sister could be a new character this season. A character named Debbie Doggett is going to star in at least two episodes, and will be introduced in the season 3 premiere. To be played by Helen Abell, many fans are guessing that Debbie could be Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett's sister and could either be involved in Pennsatucky flashbacks or could be heading inside to join the gang.
New Cast and Old In OITNB Music Video
It was fitting, especially given Kohan's release of the theme for season 3 as faith, that the show's stars have created their own music video for Lycia Faith's song 'Stop, Don't Talk to Me'.
While the video doesn't reveal much about what to expect in the upcoming season, it does give us a look at all our favorite prisoners, plus the exciting newcomer, Ruby Rose.
Oh and the clip gives us a hint that Lolly, played by Lori Petty (known by many as Tank Girl), will have a more central role in this season.
Lolly has only been seen in one episode so far, in season two's 'Thirsty Bird', when she was seated next to Piper on the airplane taking them to a mystery prison. Lolly was lovely to Piper and the two bonded while they waited for take-off, and although Piper later betrays her shortly before being sent back to Litchfield, perhaps Lolly will be a nice new friend for our needy leading lady.
Have you heard any other news about Season 3 of [Orange Is the New Black](series:761587) ? What are you most looking forward to seeing when it returns on June 12th?