Photos from the set confirm that the majority of the main set will be back this time around. Stars Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Samira Wiley, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore and Elizabeth Rodriguez are all set to be involved.
Season 4 ended with a full-scale prison riot in the wake of Poussey’s death, and the new season will pick up directly where the last one left off: with Daya pointing a loaded gun at abusive CMO Humphreys, and many of her fellow inmates baying for his blood around her.
“Season 5 is done over the course of three days,” star Danielle Brooks (Taystee) told The Hollywood Reporter, So, it will be very detailed, very intense, and you better get ready. Get your popcorn, your tissues, everything.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Dascha Polanko (Daya) made it clear that she believes her character is very capable of shooting Humphries.
“I think Daya’s definitely experiencing some postpartum depression,” she says, “she might pull back and think about being a mother and not wanting to miss the opportunity of being with her child. But a woman going through postpartum — at that point, they’re very fragile and very sensitive.”
But, Screenprism has done the math, and figures that because season 4 saw the deaths of major characters, that another major death is unlikely.