Here’s The Ultimate Recap From Last Season To Prepare You For The New Season Of OITNB
You don’t need to rewatch Season 5 of “Orange is the New Black” (OITNB) to watch the latest release (July 27) of Season 6, because I already did that for you. And a lot happened to some of our favorite women in the series, with Daya and Gloria at the center of it all. In case you forgot, there was a prison riot, a corrections officer was shot and killed and there was even a talent show.
The next 25 screengrabs will tell you everything you need to remember about last season in less than 3 minutes. Ready, set, dale.
Season 5 started where Season 4 left off with Daya holding a gun at a guard.
Season 4’s cliffhanger was right after Poussey Washington was killed by an untrained guard who suffocated her to death. The prison erupted in chaos and Daya was able to grab the gun of one of the most sadistic guards in television history.
Daya ended up shooting him in the thigh. He was sent to medics, but eventually had a stroke from loss of blood and died towards the end of the season.
Taystee led an online revolution to get justice for Poussey.
With the prison taken over by the inmates, Taystee took advantage of Internet access and posted the truth about what happened to her very best friend. No officer was being held accountable for Poussey’s death, and the anger Taystee shows during this entire season is representative of all of black and brown America.
The girls held a seance for Poussey.
It was a little creepy. They sat in a circle on the ground where Poussey died. Basically, nothing happened except for Taystee and Poussey’s girlfriend, Soso, getting into a fight.
The next day, Soso built an art installation in Poussey’s honor.
Poussey loved the library and loved to read. We all were crying at this point in the season, and if you weren’t, then you weren’t paying attention.
Meanwhile, Spanish Harlem took over the prison.
Because if you have the gun, then you’re in charge. Daya had the gun. Maria especially had nothing to lose after shady officer Piscatella told her she was getting another 5 years added to her sentence. Sh*t was cray.
But then, the meth-heads got the gun and sh*t got even scarier.
They’re not the most steady people, and have some pretty high-flying emotions about cough syrup and whether people should speak Spanish or English. 😒
7. Meanwhile, Taystee was taking hostage photos of the prison guards and Warden Caputo.
While Taystee and her crew was trying to negotiate with MCC (the private prison company that took over Litchfield) and the Governor for simple rights, like health care, pay for labor, and edible food, the meth heads had other priorities.
The inmates forced the hostages to hold a talent show.
Yup, the officers put on a talent show of singing, dancing and magic tricks. They didn’t say what the prize would be, but you definitely want to please criminals with a gun, especially after one of your own was shot. It’s Talent Under Duress, fun!
OK, but it actually was entertaining.
Magic Mike over here had some other extracurricular talents outside of his prison guard training that in the end, made one of the girls jealous and the whole situation even more unstable.
Eventually, one of the officers, who was in hiding, was able to grab the gun and make his escape.
Maritza and Flaca became internet famous.
There are a lot of ways to use a toilet plunger, tu sabes? I’m obsessed with how quickly these two turned their prison uniforms into some very cute Halloween costumes. Please @ us if you dressed like them for Halloween last year?!
Flaca shared her DIY prison makeup ritual, which included
I appreciate that, really. You just need some cinnamon, cumin and Goya
Sazón Adobo to get that “DIY fly” contour look. Their love story was the only one that matters.
But Poussey and Soso tears me up hard.
The duo went around giving prisoners makeovers.
I mean, initially, Piper asked them to beautify the actual prison space, but they took it upon themselves to beautify the prisoners. They care about the human, OK. 😛
On a more serious note, Taystee ended up hosting her own media conference.
The revolutionaries came up with a list of demands, which included Takis and hot Cheetos, and posted it to the door of the prison, and online. This is what launched their negotiations with the Governor.
The governor delivered on Takis and Cheetos.
Once the girls felt like their needs were being heard, they started to feel like they were winning and celebrated like winners. 😍
But when they found out that this was all they would get, they burned it to the ground.
Literally. Also, in public, on television. I so desperately want Taystee to go become a spokesperson for prison rights when she gets out. Whose with me?
Daya finally came to terms with her reality.
But not without the help of Gloria, who made it abundantly clear to her that none of this is her mother, Aleida’s, fault. She pulled the trigger on that gun. This was on her.
Aleida, soaked up a little fame on TV.
Eventually, Aleida’s appearance is what made the shooting come out to the public. Daya was going down.
Daya turned herself in during the riot to help the negotiations.
We don’t know exactly what is going to happen to her in Season 6, but we imagine that she’ll spend the rest of her life in max.
Gloria had her own stuff to deal with, like her son in the hospital.
She even came up with a plan to move the hostages into the port-a-potties so that she could cut a hole into the fence and release them in an effort to get authorities to work with her in exchange for her part.
Unfortunately, Maria found out and did it before Gloria had the chance to take the last step.
When her fellow inmates found out Gloria was going to betray them and the negotiations, they locked her up with the remaining officers.
We don’t know if Maria is even going to get out.
Essentially, the governor’s aid told her that she can’t make any promises. Maria was able to get a few minutes with her baby though. We have no clue what will happen next for her.
Piscatella broke into the prison and tortured Red and her crew.
Which was one of the scariest parts of the entire season. He shaved the top of Red’s head off and terrorized the girls until other women heard them screaming and sedated and tied Piscatella up.
Once the hostages were released, the negotiations went south.
The governor wouldn’t budge on honoring Poussey’s death as a murder and Taystee wouldn’t budge on getting justice. Because of Maria’s move, the negotiations completely fell apart and SWAT showed up in riot gear and started manhandling the women.
Maritza and Flaca were separated. 💔
Again, the only love story we care about and all we know is that the two are sent to different prisons, making the riot their last hurrah (as far as we know).
The season ended with an explosion.
The remaining girls left in the prison were hiding out in an emptied out pool. They know that the men injure any women who try to resist, so they hold hands and stand in peace and dignity. We know that the Governor gave orders to remove them “by all means necessary.”
The last thing we heard was an explosion at the door. The only way to know what happens next is to get into your piyamas, fry up some tostones and Netflix and binge. ✌️