The ladies of Litchfield were granted a furlough to attend the winter TCA today. Orange Is The New Black creator Jeni Kohan and cast members Blair Brown, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Samira Wiley and Jackie Cruz discussed just about everything – but the upcoming season 4.
Kohan, while opting not to provide spoilers, said the series will revisit its favorite themes: “political agendas, the corporatization of prison, stratification of people into their little mosaic pieces within prison” as well as “race and hate and some things from current events”
Cox, whose trans character Sophia has been credited with breaking down barriers, praised the show for it’s continued portrayal of issues plaguing the trans community. Regarding last season’s plot in which Sophia was placed in solitary confinement, Cox comments that the episode was “so emotional for me because it’s such the reality with so many transgender women who are incarcerated. Most trans women who are incarcerated spend their time in solitary confinement. Our show getting to touch on that reality and hopefully bringing that into the attention of the public is really excited to be apart of.
While Cox stayed true to Kohan’s no-spoiler tack, she hinted, “I felt like I was pushed in ways I didn’t anticipate and it was really challenging.” Costar Wiley took the same route – vague – about the upcoming plots: “I feel like we got something different than what we put out before.” Polanco adds season 4 “pushed the envelop to the next level.”
Kohan did reveal, though, that the show will bring in some new characters. Season 4 will be available to stream on Netflix Friday, June 17.