Warning: May contain Prison Break spoilers from previous/future seasons.
What Else Can We Expect From 'Prison Break' — The Return Breakout?
For Prison Break fans, it's been a long time coming to see their favorite TV heroes in action. After a seven-year hiatus, Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) are reviving Prison Break for a fifth season, set to premiere in Spring 2017.
It's not something that fans expected after the TV movie in 2009 seemingly ended with Michael dying after an electrifying prison break for his wife, Dr. Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies). The idea for the show's resurgence came straight from Wentworth Miller, who had been working with Dominic Purcell on the DC television show, Legends of Tomorrow. Miller told EW:
“We started chatting and reminiscing. Out of that back-and-forth came this idea: ‘What if we revisited Michael and Lincoln from 'Prison Break'? Would Fox even be interested?’ It turns out they were.”
The cast appeared at this year's San Diego Comic-Con to talk about the nine brand-new episodes. The hype for the upcoming season is so intense that fans took to Twitter to express their excitement. Soon, #PrisonBreakSDCC was trending on Twitter.
The panel at SDCC not only revealed a brand new trailer, but it also showcased how close the cast remains, even after all these years. It's a promising suggestion that the new season will be better than ever before.
The new show returns with all of our favorite characters: Michael, Linc, Sara, Sucre, T-Bag, C-Note, and even Paul Kellerman from the first seasons. Surprisingly, Michael and Sara's (now older) son will also be making his debut. Sara has also remarried, and her new husband, Scott Ness (played by Royal Pain's Mark Feuerstein), will surely create some romantic tension in the revival.
New Tattoos, New Plot
So Michael has returned, but how so? During the show's finale seven years ago, we watched as Sara visited her husband's grave with their young son. Michael died breaking his wife out of prison, and also left a video suggesting that his health conditions shortened his lifeline.
You'll have to stay tuned in for the new season to see what actually happened, though creators stated there is a "logical and believable explanation" for Michael's resurrection.
What we do know is that Michael was snatched up by an organization and brought to Yemen. Known by the alias, Kaniel Outis, Michael's prison-breaking reputation earned him a role in the ISIS terrorist group. Because of this collaboration, he ends up behind bars, yet again, in the deplorable Ogygia prison.
Viewers were also keen on learning about Michael's new tattoos. Throughout the first run of Prison Break, I noticed how the brilliant costume designers refrained from having to reprint Michael's infamous blueprint tattoos in every episode by keeping Miller's arms covered in most scenes. Eventually, Michael gets the tattoos removed in Season 4.
In Season 5, however, you can see Michael is yet again covered in meaningful tattoos on his lower arms and hands. Entertainment Weekly notes that the tattoos play a vital role in the season's inspiration, drawing from the classic Odyssey tale.
Lincoln Gets Locked Up
"Linc, back in the pen.....what?" — Scheuring via Instagram
Writer and creator Paul Scheuring recently took to Instagram to show behind-the-scenes shots of filming for the new season. He let slip this little gem, which shows Dominic Purcell, who portrays Lincoln Burrows, locked away in a foreign prison. Could it be Ogygia?
You can also see exclusive footage, hinting at Michael's elaborate scheme to break his brother out of prison, again.
T-Bag Gets Out
What? How does this happen? Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell (Robert Knepper), the notoriously disgusting prisoner we all love was sent by his partners-in-crime back to Fox Rivers at the end of Season 4.
In the new trailer, however, we can see that it's actually T-Bag who gets to Linc to let him know that his brother is still alive. In the still above, he's holding the envelope that contains a candid photo of his brother. As Scheuring puts it, T-Bag is the "Bearer of Fate."
At SDCC, Knepper told fans that T-Bag's epiphanies and never-ending catharsis will be reestablished in the new show. Scheuring also released this new photo of T-Bag, which shows him without his prosthetic hand.
And the mystery of the show keeps on building.
Committed Cast And Crew
If the brilliant writing and the fascinating mystery of the new show hasn't amped your excitement for the revival, the dedicated cast and crew will surely heighten your appreciation for what goes into making the show.
Purcell actually survived what doctors say could have been a deathly accident. While shooting in Ouarzazate, an iron bar fell on Purcell's face, resulting in a broken nose and deep facial scars. Purcell impressed everyone after returning to the set only two weeks later. If that doesn't show love and commitment, I don't know what does.
"I thought this could be the day that I actually die,” he tells EW.
The actor also took time at the SDCC to thank the cast and crew for their love and patience while he healed.
Although Scheuring has already stated that this was to be a one-time revival, fans continue to hold out hope. I mean, the X Files and 24 are doing well, aren't they?
Nothing is confirmed, but both of the stars of the show seem to be on board for another season. Miller revealed that if the creators of the show had another idea for the next installment, he would love to hear it.
Purcell took to Instagram a few weeks ago to talk about wrapping up filming for Prison Break Season 5. After a heartfelt message about the incredible experience and honor it has been working on the show, Purcell slyly included this in the video's caption:
You thought Season 1 was great wait to you see Season 5...Season 6?? Yeah I bet my house on it. ;)
Watch the official trailer for Prison Break Season 5 below and tell us what you hope to see in the revival season!
[Sources: Entertainment Weekly, Movie Pilot, TV Line, Digital Spy, Instagram]