I’ve heard it said that you don’t just watch Orange is the New Black, you live Orange is the New Black.
This intense viewership feeling stems not just from the brutal reality that seeps off the characters we have come to love and the grimy world we launch ourselves into for hours at an end as we binge watch.
It is also due to the fact that this cast of diverse women is the most realistic of any group we see on TV.
Most of us will (hopefully) never end up in prison, but Orange is the New Black gives us the tiniest little taste of the extreme emotions that take place there.
Which is why you might find yourself a little bit off kilter, and even feeling a little lighter, after watching the opening scenes of Orange is the New Black season six, but don’t be fooled by what you see.
This season is just as dark and dangerous as the seasons that have come before it, it will just take you a while to realise it.
After the experiment that was season five, having the entire season’s worth of drama take place across just a few days, season six is a return to normal pacing but not so much a normal setting.