Orange Is The New Black
Season 5 of Orange Is The New Black draws meaning and change from death.
Orange Is The New Black’s (2013-current) fifth season takes place over three days as Litchfield Penitentiary’s inmates riot over prison head
Caputo’s (Nick Sandow) callous, victim-blaming handling of Poussey’s (Samira Wiley) murder by
Guard Bayley (Alan Aisenberg) in season 4 episode 12 (2016). Emotionally, viewers will be right there with the prisoners as kind-hearted bookworm Poussey was one of the most adored characters.
HONOURING A MEMORY
Poussey is gone but definitely not forgotten this season, which is filled with tributes, along with serious attempts by her grieving friends to dismantle the abusive prison system that contributed to her imprisonment and death in the first place. They force
Caputo to read a statement about her death in episode 1, the inmates demand Bayley’s arrest in episode 3 (on 27 September) and
Suzanne (Uzo Aduba) sets up a shrine where Poussey died and holds a séance in episode 4 (on 4 October).
WE’LL NEVER FORGET
Season 1 episode 6 (2014) We loved Poussey and her BFF Taystee’s (Danielle Brooks) imaginative games including their identities as rich white girls Mackenzie and Amanda in their conversation about “white people politics” (look out for a flashback in episode 6 on 18 October).
Season 2 episode 12 (2015)
Poussey stood up to Vee (Lorraine Toussaint) even after being beaten because of her fellow inmate. Then she stomped out Vee’s cigarette business.
Season 4 episodes 6 & 12
(2016) Her sweet romance with Soso (Kimiko Glenn) included library dates, kiss-ing among the bookshelves and Poussey’s definition of love “just chilling, making mad stupid jokes”.
Season 5 is driven by murderedXxxxxinmate Poussey Washington.