Laura Prepon to Return For “Most” of Orange Is The New Black’s Second Season

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While the rest of us have been binge-watching the first season in an attempt to catch up with the hit prison series before the second season airs later this year, fans of Orange is the New Black have been clamouring for news concerning Netflix’s breakout series. As we eagerly await what adventures are in store for Piper, Crazy Eyes, Red, Daya, Nicky, Sophia and the other inmates, word from creator Jenji Kohan this week has provided some reassurance about one beloved character’s fate.

Late last year it was reported that Laura Prepon would only be appearing in four episodes of the second season. However, when speaking with Us Weekly at the Writers Guild Awards on the weekend, Kohan  “hinted” that Prepon’s Alex Vause would actually be around in some form for “most” of the season.

“Yes, yes, she is coming back. Not the whole season, but… you’ll see her for most of it.”

Based on the memoir of Piper Kerman (played by Taylor Schilling in the series), Prepon’s Alex played a pivotal role in the first season. As Piper’s ex-girlfriend and the reason she is currently serving time behind bars (Piper transported a suitcase full of drug money across international borders for her now ex-lover), the relationship between Piper and Alex and how Piper dealt with being in prison with her ex was played out and explored over the season resulting with the two lovers rekindling their relationship, to the detriment of Piper’s relationship with her fiancé, Larry (Jason Biggs).

While the first season focused on Piper’s journey, Kohan has spoken previously that the second season will branch out and explore the lives of other characters in the prison, in particular Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba) and Red (Kate Mulgrew). At the time Kohan said, “It’s becoming much more of an ensemble. As much as I love Piper and Taylor and her journey, I think people are interested in everybody’s journey.”

If the focus shifts off Piper and onto the other inmates, it would make sense to see less of Alex. However, given that the first season ended with her hooking up with fellow inmate Nicky (Natasha Lyonne), will fans have to watch Nicky lose another lover and ally?

Orange Is The New Black will return to Netflix later this year.


Clare Sidoti
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