Who ever thought a show about a group of eccentric inmates in a female prison could spark this much excitement? Orange is the New Black‘s third season will premiere next month, and the event has inspired a who’s who celebration in New York City entitled OrangeCon, reports Variety. The invitation-only event for uber-fans and press is intended to help celebrate the upcoming kick-off to the new season in style.
The full third season of the show, which starts Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox, Taryn Manning, and Natasha Lyonne, will become available to Netflix subscribers starting June 12. And on the day prior (June 11), fans will gather at Skylight Clarkson SQ in SOHO to enjoy a panel discussion with the cast and creators, autograph signing, and a special screening of the first episode.
Season 2 ended with (spoiler alert) villain Vee meeting her unfortunate end, leaving the third season open for plenty of additional drama. The trailer, released last month, shows an expected mix of brawls, tears, and Crazy Eyes’ interesting interpretation of a love story. That said, series creator Jenji Kohan told Variety that the latest season will be lighter than the previous one, with more focus on motherhood and faith.
For those uninitiated, the show is based on the real-life story of Piper Kerman, a blonde city girl who gets mixed up with a bad crew and ends up serving time in a woman’s prison. The storylines and characters are loosely inspired by her own experiences. Already in the first two seasons, we’ve seen Piper (played by Taylor Schilling) spiral from a cute, naive young woman to one who has learned the need to exude confidence and intimidation in order to ensure survival among her fellow inmates.
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