Ahhh, prison. Orange is the New Black makes it seem so appealing. You and a bunch of your buddies (divvied up exclusively by race, of course) hanging out, rewiring lamps and only occasionally fighting off a potential stabbing.
The second season of Netflix’s simultaneously-upbeat-and-disturbing series debuts on June 6th. And to ring in the new, they’ve released a shiny new trailer, a full-length one that finally gives us all a clue to what we’ll be binge-watching a month and a half from now (beforehand, all we had were these particularly ominous seventeen seconds).
This full-on, “Official” trailer actually has a little story to it. Looks like Season 2 will start with Piper (Taylor Schilling) released from solitary (probably something to do with that potential stabbing) and Lorraine Toussaint showing up as a new (and from the looks of it, extremely villainous) resident of Litchfield Correctional. Cue the montage of characters becoming alternately enraged and sassy.
Things to note from this particular footage:
- Vee (Toussaint) looks to have coerced Crazy Eyes (Udo Azuba) into serving as her underling, which is a match for what was previously known about her character – “longtime street tough who ran her own drug business, recruiting children to serve as runners.”
- Vee also seems to have a history with former cook/current hoodie aficionado Red (Kate Mulgrew), given that tense little standoff around 25 seconds in.
- Corrections officer Healy (Michael Harney) is somehow still working at the prison, despite (again) last season’s potential stabbing.
- Piper looks far more righteously prison-angry than she was last time around.
- The phrase “there’s a storm coming” is said unironically, despite its overuse in practically every movie and TV show where any kind of tension slowly mounts over time.
Although the storm will probably hit on June 6th, as Orange is the New Black earned a truckload of accolades and crushed the current Netflix ratings at its time of release, beating out both House of Cards and Arrested Development. At least, that’s the case as far as anyone knows, because Netflix still refuses to divulge its ratings info to the outside world. At least we still have the speculations of various analysts to fall back on.
Go ahead and have a click below to watch the trailer.
And if you’re truly desperate for more Orange is the New Black, Netflix also released a “Three Words” promo, in which the cast is asked to sum up the new season in three words. Bear in mind, it contains basically no new information. Maybe that a group of professional actors can have a lot of trouble staying within a three word limit, but nothing else.