'Orange Is The New Black' Season 5 Trailer Breakdown: The Inmates Take Over

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Season 4 of "Orange Is The New Black" ends with Daya's hand on the trigger of a gun pointed at an officer. Will she pull the trigger?
Season 4 of "Orange Is The New Black" ends with Daya's hand on the trigger of a gun pointed at an officer. Will she pull the trigger? Netflix

Netflix released a new trailer for Orange Is The New Black Season 5 on Tuesday, offering fans a detailed look into the upcoming spate of episodes. We’re breaking down the latest trailer for some clues about what to expect on our next visit to Litchfield.

The revealing trailer comes just days after the unauthorized online leak of 10 episodes from the upcoming season, after Netflix refused to comply with a hacker’s ransom demand.

READ: 'Orange Is The New Black' Season 5 Episodes Leaked Online By Hacker

At this point, it’s still not clear whether the standoff that left Daya (Dascha Polanco) pointing a gun at the subdued CO Humphrey (Michael Torpey) will escalate into widespread violence or bloodshed, though we do see one inmate roughly subdued at about the 30-second mark, grabbed by the hair as she flees from an officer. One thing that is clear: whatever form the uprising takes, it gives the women bargaining power. They’ve taken control of Litchfield, and they’re not giving it back until their demands are met.

Check out the latest OITNB trailer below:

Holed up in Litchfield, the women make efforts to move beyond racially divided groups. “If we want to turn this place right, we have to speak as one united group. Who’s in?” says Maria (Jessica Pimentel). From the footage shown here, it seems as though most of the women are willing to go along, though we wouldn’t be surprised to see some dissent pop up. (If we had to guess, the white-power gals will be the onion in the ointment, though it seems likely they’ll be outnumbered by the majority who see the value in unified resistance.)

We already know Season 5 of Orange Is The New Black will take place over the course of only three days, and will pick up immediately after where we left off at the close of Season 4. Thus, it’s not entirely surprising to see Poussey’s death looming large in the minds of all the inmates, and emotions are running high. The women are pissed: “You done our girl wrong, Mr. Caputo. And we want justice,” Taystee (Danielle Brooks) tells the warden in what looks to be an informal negotiation in his office. After a couple viewings of the trailer, it seems like Maria and Taystee will be acting as leaders of this insurrection.

In addition to sketching the broad outlines of the uprising, the trailer offers some glimpse into what the other women will be up to during Season 5.

Red discovers some alarming news rooting through some documents in an office. Could it be about someone’s past crimes? We suspect it has something to do with the prolonged solitary confinement of Sophia (Laverne Cox), who we see elsewhere in the footage, shackled to a wall by one hand, and presumably still separated from the rest of the inmates.

A light-hearted moment comes courtesy of Flaritza (a.k.a. Flaca and Maritza, played by Jackie Cruz and Diane Guerrero), sporting glam lashes, tight white tops, and short little neckties (clearly cut from the brown drabs of a CO). They excitedly squeal and mug for the photographers and TV crews accumulated outside the prison. “Don’t forget to smize,” Maritza tells Flaca. (Hey, even America’s Next Top Model fans can end up in prison, okay?)

There’s several fan-favorite characters we only see briefly. We see Daya pointing the purloined gun at Humphrey (yet again), and a moment later in the same scene, as Maria defiantly removes her ID badge and tosses it into a filing box. The intent behind removing the badge isn’t quite clear; we suspect it’s to prevent the guards from telling them apart, thus making it more difficult for them to single anyone out for punishment. It seems as though Maria takes over in the heat of the moment, and Daya lowers the gun. We see Daya seated in the background in a later scene, as Gloria (Selenis Leyva) says, “The only way out is for us to come together.” Judging from this, we’re guessing Daya probably doesn’t actually use that gun on anyone. If she had killed or severely injured a guard, outside police would have likely been brought in to subdue the women.

There’s only a few brief moments of Alex and Piper (Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling), together offering to help Taystee and later sharing a joke outside. We couldn’t help but chuckle when Taystee tells Piper, “People ain’t gonna like you.” Blondie just shrugs it off, “Story of my life.” This seems like a knowing nod to critics (ourselves included) who think the show’s outgrown Piper.

Other little things:

  • Gloria seems to get some bad news, as she’s seen running outside screaming and later weeping on a phone.
  • Boo (Lea DeLaria) is wearing a suit, possibly for a court date. Could it be for a parole hearing? Or to testify about the harsh treatment from the guards?
  • Soso (Kimiko Glenn) takes out her aggression about her girlfriend’s death by punching a pillow and crying on the floor.
  • Lots of high-fives.
  • Nicky (Natasha Lyonne) seems to be sober, and the coldness between her and Lorna (Yael Stone) looks to have thawed a bit.
  • No appearances from Healy (Michael Harney), Lolly (Lori Petty) or Stella (Ruby Rose). Could all three be totally M.I.A. this season? The three-day timeframe certainly makes it a possibility.

Orange Is The New Black Season 5 makes its debut on Netflix June 9.

What do you think of the latest OITNB trailer? Are you excited to see the women put their differences aside to fight for fairer treatment? Which characters would you like to see take center stage in Season 5? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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