Orange is the New Black season 5: 6 Burning questions

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Thematically, where does Orange is the New Black go from here?

When TV is at its best, it holds a mirror up to society and makes a statement about society in a strong, compelling way. The fourth season of Orange is the New Black was its best season so far, and it had the most to say about the world we live in right now.

It’s obvious that the events of the fourth season were a direct reflection of some of the problems in society today. This isn’t new to the series, but the way it was handled in this season was better than it has been before in some regards.

In this season, Jenji Kohan and the writers used Litchfield, their microcosm of society, to take on privilege, police brutality, institutionalized racism, corporate culture and influence, and mental health, in addition to the prison culture, structure, and management, and everything else the series has had to say up until the fourth season.

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Jenji Kohan and the writers even presented the problem with concealed carry weapons and how guns actually escalate situations rather than make places safer, i.e. the last scene in Litchfield.

In the future, look for OITNB to have even more to say about the world and society using true stories as their inspiration.