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Natasha Lyonne Reveals ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Is “Racking up the Intensity to 11”

We are in for one heck of a season when Orange Is the New Black returns next month for Season 5 — at least according to actress Natasha Lyonne, who plays Nicky Nichols on the famed Netflix series.

“It’s so compressed. It’s just these three days, it’s like racking up the intensity to 11. It’s maximum stakes, constantly,” she explained via amNY. “So, I think that for us, it was an intense and just a wild ride. Still, though, we shot it over six months, so I imagine that for viewers it’s going to be even that much more intense.”

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We will watch a chain of events play out over the course of three days in Litchfield, though the story will take 13 episodes to tell in full. Season 4 left off with tensions running high after Poussey [played by Samira Wiley]'s death, and the latest trailer showed inmates rallying against the correction officers.

“[OITNB] is telling a story as truthfully and as close to the bone, to get into the marrow. Hopefully, that’s what great art does; it sparks a conversation because everyone can see themselves in it,” actress Taylor Schilling, who plays Piper Chapman, explained.

Scroll through the gallery to see what the ladies looked like before their prison days!

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