WARNING: This story contains spoilers for season five of Orange Is The New Black. Proceed at your own risk.
Thirteen episodes. Three days. Two deaths. One riot. Countless acts of brutal violence.
In season five of Orange Is The New Black we see the worst of the women of Litchfield Penitentiary, as the rules system that governed them for four seasons is broken down.
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The bottle format of the season, spanning mere hours as the riot heightens, allows heroes to rise and former favourites to fall from grace as their desperation peaks.
It’s a season of light and shade, with comic relief coming from #blacklattesmatter, the Litchfield Idol talent show and Flaritza’s YouTube channel.
But thanks to Desi Piscatella, it is also the darkest season yet.
With the control of ‘his’ prison taken away, Piscatella plots to enter Litchfield and live out his demented revenge fantasy.
In a scene that is reminiscent of a low budget horror flick, he stalks and abducts women one by one, and ties them up to watch as he cruelly brutalises Red.
Red’s family – Piper, Alex, Boo, Nicky and Blanca are bound with electrical tape and the women struggle helplessly as the guard takes his knife to Red’s hair, partially scalping her in the process and stripping her of her dignity.
The episode 10 scene has been dubbed ‘torture porn’ and it left us shaken.
The episode was filmed on the day of the US election, and writer Lauren Morelli told The Hollywood Reporter the actors were feeling especially broken and vulnerable, and drew on those emotions.
“It’s a set full of women and I think a lot of women in our country felt very threatened by the election. It was somber. It was definitely somber, and that probably fueled us to go further than we might have,” she said.