Don’t hate me. I know you love Orange is the New Black as much as I do. Not only am I about to tell you that I’ve seen the first episode of season two of the series, set to premiere on Netflix on June 6th, but I also got invited to the NYC premiere party at the Ziegfeld Theater!
Okay, now you really hate me. What can I tell you about the evening? It was surreal – from watching the actors walk down the red carpet to viewing my favorite show in a room full of passionate OITNB watchers to attending the party where I saw my favorite characters standing in line for the toilet (yes, I saw Laura Prepon there) and mingled with them happily for several hours over cocktails and gorgeous food. To say that it was a dream is an under-statement. I met Jenji Kohan, the amazing creator and writer (I’m a big fan of Weeds, too). I saw Taylor Schilling (she’s a goddess in real life) and took photos with Danielle Brooks, Alysia Reiner (my real life friend) and Uzo Aduba. I loved meeting Natasha Lyonne, Lea LeLaria, Laverne Cox, Yael Stone and others. They were all in the room and they were all dazzling inside and out. Most — not all — were happy to hear my words of praise. There were Netflix executives floating around the room, no doubt proud of their achievement with this show, crew members and, of course, other writers like me.
Don’t read beyond this line if you don’t want any spoilers for the first episode. I am not revealing much, but if you are a die hard fan, the show is worth the wait and it’s better not knowing so you can BINGE the second season in one full sweep.
When we last left Piper at the end of season one, she was in a pretty frightening place, having just severely beaten up another character, Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett (played by Taryn Manning). As far as we knew, she killed her. At the beginning of the first episode in season two, Piper is leaving Litchfield and doesn’t know where she’s being taken to. At this point in time, she is not sure whether she killed Pennsatucky and there’s a lot of regret and pain on her part when she lands in…yes, solitary. She has a lot of time to think while she’s there so a lot of the episode is dedicated to flashbacks to her childhood, and we find out grueling details about her childhood. I don’t want to give away too much, but I will tell you that Piper isn’t in prison for killing Pennsatucky. It has something to do with her first love, Alex, and that there is betrayal involved. Your mouth will be wide open at the end of the episode, I can tell you that.
OITNB returns to Netflix next week!!!!!. Hang on to your seats, it’s going to be a glorious, bumpy ride.
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