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Orange Is the New Black Season 3 drops next week! I use the word "drop" because you can't exactly say a show "premieres" when a hefty portion of its fan base will have finished the season within twelve hours of starting it. That's the magic of the Netflix model; you can consume the show at whatever rate suits you.

Pictured: Oh just hanging out.
Pictured: Oh just hanging out.

Personally, I'm planning to watch it at the rate I feel the characters perceive it. Something huge and world changing happens? I'm gonna give the next episode some time, just as the characters would want. Something intriguing goes down? I'm gonna get on it right away just as they would!

Early reviews for Orange is the New Black Season 3 are emerging, and some spicy plot details are already doing the rounds. Have you missed everyone at Litchfield? Well, here's where they've been, and what they'll be getting up to in Season 3!

Piper and Alex: The drama rages on

They just can't sort themselves out!
They just can't sort themselves out!

This is the plot point that Jenji Kohan and her writers are likely to exploit the most. Despite the fact that the real life equivalents of Piper Chapman and Alex Vause didn't actually do time in the same prison, this storyline provides betrayal, sex, drugs and guns! So yeah, I can see why they left it in, though I'm hopeful their relationship doesn't dominate.

Usually stories like Piper's and Alex's are a little insufferable. Having a "will they won't they" couple that continually chooses both will and won't usually gets a little exhausting, but at least Orange is the New Black has the excuse of being set in a prison. There likely would be that ripening tension infused with both hatred and desire. It's like going through a really bad break up, but having to keep living in your Ex's apartment.

More flashbacks!

So many characters to get through!
So many characters to get through!

Early reports have suggested that Orange is the New Black Season 3 is even heavier on the flashbacks than earlier seasons. This is great news for anyone who watches the show simply to be able to wallow in the lives of the inmates at Litchfield, who are loud, expressive, yet each heavily defined by their own unique backstory. The show has always taken an interesting approach to flashbacks, with them cut into the show like any other scene. No willowy dream transitions to be found here!

It's been confirmed that we'll see a flashback involving the character of Big Boo, who I honestly cannot imagine outside of Litchfield at this point. Likely we could see the events that lead to Red's incarceration, and although we've already had a flashback for Suzanne, I'm still intensely curious to know what she did to get locked up.

The return of Red and the fallout from Vee

This dominated a lot of Season 2!
This dominated a lot of Season 2!

Season 2 surprised some fans by revolving heavily around the inmate politics at Litchfield. At times, the show felt like a crime saga, with the competition between Vee and Red in smuggling contraband very nearly resulting in a gang war. Obviously, with the end of Season 2, and the escape of the brilliant Rosa, this storyline was brought to a sudden stop.

This likely means there's a power vacuum left behind, with characters like Taystee, Suzanne, Cindy and Janae left without the veritable mother-figure that Vee became to them. I'm not sure if much will come of this plot line in Season 3, for Orange is the New Black is now taking a more laid back and leisurely tone. Perhaps adhering so much to the Netflix format has made Jenji Kohan realize that fans would rather simply hang out with cool characters than watch intricate gripping storylines play out before them.

The downfall of Litchfield?

Orange is the New Black always depicts injustice.
Orange is the New Black always depicts injustice.

For those who don't know, Piper Kerman, the woman who's memoirs Orange is the New Black is based on, currently campaignsagainst inhumane treatment of inmates within in the penal system. Her work has made some progress in eradicating some unsavory practices behind bars, and it was within this sense of fiery campaigning that Orange is the New Black was forged.

Hints throughout the previous two seasons have suggested a mounting effort to expose the corruption in Litchfield, and it resulted in the resignation of assistant Warden, Nartalie Figueroa. Further efforts could be made in an effort to mount a case against Litchfield by Piper. Could we see the first formulations of the book Orange is the New Black itself is based on? If we do in fact see Piper's release, perhaps her campaigning will become a focus of the narrative.

What are your thoughts on Orange is the New Black Season 3? Write your own post about it, or comment below before the new season drops on June 12th!

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