"Orange Is The New Black" season 2 spoilers have established that Pennsatucky is not dead. Taryn Manning has been recast as one of the most compelling characters of the series, the meth-head Jesus-loving fundamentalist with rotten teeth who has her own religious following. When we left the series it appeared that Piper might very well kill her.
"Orange Is The New Black" season 2 spoilers weren't clear as to the ultimate fate of Pennsatucky. We know some characters are leaving the show. Lauren Prepon as Alex Vause will only be in a few episodes. When we ended "Orange Is The New Black" season 1 on Netflix we saw her confront Piper wielding a shiv. It was clear that Pennsatucky intended to kill Piper and Mr. Healy saw it and did nothing. When the episode ended we saw that Piper had gotten the better of her and was furiously beating her face, there was lots of blood and broken teeth. The episode ended before it became clear if Piper stopped, but we can confirm that Pennsatucky isn't dead because Taryn Manning will be reprising the role. (Fun fact: Taryn Manning is the cousin of Eli and Peyton Manning.)
That doesn't mean that Piper will get off scot-free in "Orange Is The New Black" season 2. We saw earlier that Miss Claudette was sent away to another higher-security prison after she assaulted a guard and got time added to her sentence. Similarly we've seen women get time added to their sentences for various offenses like being on drugs and we've seen inmates warn each other about the possibility. So Piper may have been defending herself, she has the stab wound from Pennsatucky to prove it, but it seems almost certain that her act of violence is going to force her to spend more time in the prison. Mr. Healy hates her and he needs to cover himself too, he can't have Piper telling people that he saw that Pennsatucky was trying to kill her and did nothing. He's almost certain to lie and say that Piper provoked the fight. That means we might see Piper get a year or more added to her sentence.
It shouldn't be a major "Orange Is The New Black" spoiler that Netflix has an interest in dragging the show out given its success. Letting Piper get time added to her sentence because of the fight with Pennsatucky is a way to drag the show out and make sure there are several more seasons. We also know according to Vulture that most of the "Orange Is The New Black" characters are back and some of them have bigger roles:
And some of our faves will have bigger roles next season: Danielle Brooks, who plays Taystee, was bumped up to a regular for season two, which means our wish for more of the Harry Potter devotee is actually coming true. And Uzo Aduba, who plays Crazy Eyes, was also promoted, so there's still plenty of potential for chocolate-and-vanilla swiiiirl. And based on various Instagram photos of the cast, it seems Black Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore), Poussey (Samira Wiley), and Janae (Vicky Jeudy) are definitely back, as are Big Boo (Lea DeLaria) and newbie guard Fischer (Lauren Lapkus). Daya (Dascha Polanco), Bennett (Matt McGory), Red (Kate Mulgrew), Flaca (Jackie Cruz), and Sophia (Laverne Cox) - rest easy.
Some of the "Orange Is The New Black" season 2 spoilers we are interested in have to do with the backstories for the characters we haven't heard about. Crazy Eyes, also known as Suzanne and her white, seemingly wealthy adoptive parents are particularly fascinating. How did she come to be raised by them and why did she end up in a prison rather than a mental health facility given her issues? We also haven't explored what got Daya sent to prison, though hooking up with her mother's cocaine producing ex-boyfriend probably has a lot to do with it. We also have an idea of what Red did, she was involved with the mafia and their drug running operations and it also seems that she owed them for the hilarious breast implant incident. Backstories we don't know much about are Big Boo, Black Cindy and Flaca.
One nice "Orange Is The New Black" season 2 spoiler we would like to know is if Miss Claudette will return. She was taken away after her assault on Fischer, but she easily had one of the most interesting personalities and backstories. She was also unable to fully express her sense of betrayal and anger to Piper about what Larry said on the radio show. It also seems that what she told Larry is what got Miss Claudette rejected for parole. Danielle Brooks, who plays Taysteee, spoke about what she envisions for her character and Poussey,
When asked if she had any Season 2 spoilers, Brooks deflected the question, but when asked about where she would like to see her relationship with Poussey go, she said, "I don't know what's happening, but I'm hoping for some conflict between friends. I think that's fun to watch. I want to see them get in trouble together. I don't know, try to escape prison together-that would be fun."
A prison break doesn't sound too likely at this point, but we could totally see Taystee and Poussey having their own spinoff show. It's worth nothing that Taystee, Crazy Eyes/Suzanne and Pennsatucky have all been promoted to series regular so we will be seeing a lot more of all three of them and a lot less of Alex Vause. Overall, a good choice.
Do you think Piper will get more time added to her sentence in "Orange Is The New Black" season 2?