Orange is the New Black Season 4 character profile: Sam Healy

Orange is the New Black Season 4: A Character Profile for Sam Healy played by Michael Harney

We take an in-depth look into the past and present of Orange is the New Black character Sam Healy played by Michael Harney before the OITNB Season 4 premiere on June 17! 


Sam Healy is a counselor and corrections officer at Litchfield Penitentiary. It’s assumed that he’s been at the prison for a long time, although we don’t know for sure how long he has worked there.

We are introduced to Sam Healy in the first episode as Piper Chapman’s counselor. At first, he seems like a nice guy, but his true character is revealed over the course of the first season.

Healy enjoys his position of power over the inmates, which is shown through his treatment of Piper after she refuses his warnings about Lesbianism.

In the early part of the series, we learn is a homophobe, racist, and misogynist. He even allows Pennsatucky to try to murder Piper at the end of the first season.

Over the rest of the series, Healy remains jealous and judgmental, but he develops a soft spot for Red. As things grow increasingly difficult with Katya, Healy’s mail-order bride from Ukraine, Healy forces Red to help act as a mediator between he and Katya. Red and Healy grow much closer over the third season.


At the end of the third season, Healy is mixed about his feelings for Red and Katya. It seems like he’s falling for Red, but he knows he has to try to patch things up with Katya and give it a real chance.

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