WATCH: Orange is the New Black Season 4 Trailer

The official Orange is the New Black Season 4 trailer is here, and it’s intense. If these two-and-a-half minutes are any indication, we’re in for the show’s darkest and most dramatic season yet. Now that Litchfield has become a for-profit prison, it looks like it’s about to get pretty crowded.

It also looks as though the show will continue its trend of shifting away from Piper as the main character, as creator Jenji Kohen promised back when the series aired in an interview with NPR:

“In a lot of ways Piper was my Trojan Horse. You’re not going to go into a network and sell a show on really fascinating tales of black women, and Latina women, and old women and criminals. But if you take this white girl, this sort of fish out of water, and you follow her in, you can then expand your world and tell all of those other stories. But it’s a hard sell to just go in and try to sell those stories initially. The girl next door, the cool blonde, is a very easy access point, and it’s relatable for a lot of audiences and a lot of networks looking for a certain demographic.”

It only makes sense, as the show contains such a fascinating and dynamic casts of characters. Piper, by comparison, is rather bland. And often annoying, although I think that was the showrunners’ intention.

Several beloved characters are conspicuously absent from the trailer, which leads us to wonder about their fate; will Nicky ever come back from maximum security, or Bennett from wherever to raise his child? Also, the end of Season 3 saw Alex fighting for her life in the greenhouse; although it has been confirmed that Laura Prepon is returning for Season 4, she has said that the greenhouse scene will pick up where it left off, so we have to wonder if she’ll survive the confrontation. And, just how long will Sophia spend in the SHU?

The Orange is the New Black Season 4 premiere date is set for June 17th on Netflix.

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