Orange Is the New Black season 6 recap: What happened in the last series?

Orange Is the New Black season six premieres on Netflix worldwide today. The new season will follow Piper (played by Taylor Schilling) following her release from prison while the rest of her Litchfield friends and wife Alex (Laura Prepon) remain incarcerated. Season seven will be the final ever series of the hit Netflix show.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers about OITNB season 6

What happened in the last series of OITNB?

Season six of Orange Is the New Black picked up from the deadly riot of series five.

The inmates of Litchfield Penitary Prison had been transferred to a new supermax facility and the sixth series followed the inmates as they navigated their way through their new environment.

There were some new characters introduced in the sixth season.

They were Daddy (Vicci Martinez), villain Madison AKA Badison (Amanda Fuller) and murderous sister duo Barb (Mackenzie Phillips) and Carol Denning (Henny Russell).


The death of Piscatella

At the end of season five, evil guard Desi Piscatella (Brad William Henke), was accidentally shot by one of his own men when his guards stormed the prison.

Taystee Jefferson (Danielle Brooks) was used as a scapegoat for his death and the end of season six saw her be wrongly found guilty of his murder.

Things were made even worse for Taystee when her best friend Black Cindy (Adrienne C Moore) did not defend her in court.

In an early-release deal, Cindy did not tell the truth about what happened that night, helping secure Taystee’s guilty conviction.

Season seven will follow Taystee as she serves life in prison while Cindy struggles to cope with her guilt.

There is hope that Taystee will appeal against her sentence which is a potential storyline in season seven.

ICE and Immigration

MCC partnered with ICE (Immigration Crime Engagement) and the supermax facility would also double as an immigration detention centre.

At the end of season six, Blanca Flores (Laura Gomez) was told she was being given early release but instead of being led out to her boyfriend on the outside, she was taken to an immigration detention centre.

Season seven will follow the topical issue of illegal immigration in the US and what will happen in Blanca’s case.


Barb and Carol

Barb (Mackenzie Phillips) and Carol (Henney Russell) will not be returning to Orange Is the New Black season seven as they both died in series six.

The murderous sister duo both killed each other in a supply closest towards the end of season six.

Barb and Carol met in the closet to discuss killing Frieda (Dale Soules) in an act of revenge.

Viewers last saw Carol with a shiv in her back and Barb with a stab wound to the neck.

However, the death of Barb and Carol prevented the C Block versus D block kickball game from descending into a full-on gang war.

Alex and Piper got married

Alex and Piper had a prison wedding, officiated by Nicky (Natasha Lyonne).

The finale was bittersweet as Piper was released from prison while her new wife was kept behind bars.

The seventh season will follow Piper after her release from prison and how she tries to juggle freedom with her relationship in prison.

Sadly, Alex still has four more years left on her sentence.


Other season 6 moments

At the end of season six, Pregnant Lorna Morello (Yael Stone) went into worryingly early labour and both Gloria (Selenis Leyva) and Red (Kate Mulgrew) were taken to the SHU (solitary confinement).

Gloria ended up in SHU after she tried to confront the guards about their “fantasy inmate” game and Red was taken for assaulting Freida over her betrayal.

Orange Is The New Black season 6 airs on Netflix on Friday, July 26.

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