Start Plotting, A Fifth Season of Prison Break May Be Heading Our Way

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Great news for Prison Break fans; it looks like a fifth season might be on the way! According to E! News, actor Wentworth Miller said, “We actually floated the idea to Fox very casually and they seemed very not casual about this interest…they seemed to think there was something there”.

Prison Break starred Miller as Michael Scofield; a remarkably intelligent architect who conceives an elaborate scheme involving tattoos, tunnels and much more to break his innocent brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) out of prison.

Eventually, the gang of two increased to include a murderous paedophile, a lovelorn petty crook, a mafia boss, a government agent and the prison doctor, Sara Tancredi. Played by Sarah Wayne Callies, Sara falls for Michael and enables the escape; she also ends up as his wife and mother to his child, but that’s four seasons and several plotlines down the road.

Since Prison Break ended in 2009, interest in the series has barely waned – due to Netflix, DVDs and the divine Miller himself. You know those actors who can convey a range of emotions just by a shift of the eyes or a flex of the jaw? Yep, that’s Miller.

“I have fans coming up to me every day who are watching the show right now,” he says, “and they are asking me about things that happened in season one that I can’t even remember shooting!”

Oh believe me Wentworth, there are entire fandoms dedicated to every single little thing you did on screen (and as much info as they get about off-screen activities too), so don’t expect that to die down anytime soon.

Miller and Purcell were recently reunited on The Flash, playing Captain Cold and Heat Wave. It is this reunion which has prompted them both to consider the Prison Break return.

“When I got back together with Dom and we’re spending time together on set and having so much fun and all these memories came back to me, I thought wouldn’t it be cool if we could potentially revisit that world? And I think that’s a really smart model,” said Miller, “you’ve got a show that worked and worked well and made its mark… it’s just baby steps at this point, early stages”.

With all the buzz and excitement that the news of a possible Prison Break reunion has caused – cast members are even posting the story on Instagram – there is just one little snag. You see, in season four, in the very last episode, Michael electrocutes himself to enable Sara to escape a prison (yes, another one).

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So Michael is dead, buried, memorialised by his friends, and in a flash-forward episode which we see his son, who is about five years old. I’m all for a Prison Break reboot, very excited for it actually, but this is quite a big storyline to overcome.

However, Miller, who is just as smart as his character (he did go to Princeton, after all) has ideas for that already. “To go back and do something like we did at the end of season four, where there were those two standalone episodes were Sara was in trouble; it was like a hidden chapter, we didn’t know this, but we’re going to share this with you, wouldn’t it be cool to go back and layer one of those things in. Like another standalone chapter, this is what you didn’t see before… Or a where are they now, it’s five years later, limited series kind of thing. I think that’d be really cool”.

“Really cool” – yes, that’s kind of an understatement. I think the hype around the possibilities of Miller’s idea is only going to getting bigger and better as time goes on, and more and more fans discover the wonderful, dramatic, poignant show that was Prison Break. Oh, and Miller too, they might like to see him again, I suppose.

Whilst we patiently wait for more news of Prison Break coming back to our screens, be sure to catch The Flash on The CW, every Tuesday at 8pm ET.


Sara Hunter Smith

Writer of fiction and frivolity from the East Anglian fens. Happiest when on the sofa, reading Austen, surrounded by dogs.
Sara Hunter Smith