Perhaps that is the question we should ask the show itself. There are 13 episodes in season five, which picks up right where season four left off, with an uprising at Litchfield Penitentiary underway.
"I haven't made a final decision yet, but I'm leaning toward ending it after seven - although the nature of the show is one that can go on and on because you can bring in new people", Kohan told New York Times.
Red and Blanca were a duo that didn't work together.
Poussey died during a near-riot in the mess hall that culminated from the inmates' anger over their mistreatment by a new cadre of guards, many of whom are veterans that the prison's corporate owners hired in order to acquire tax credits. That's right everyone, we're nearly there!
The problem with Season 5 is that it ping-pongs from situation to situation, from group to group. The good news is that Season 5 ultimately becomes a lovely statement - about protest, resistance and finding dignity in a place where the people in power would do anything to take it from you.
The performances are weaker than ever before.
She adds that the new season offers some "fascinating insight" into emerging characters, but overall feels like a "particularly well-written horror film", with "increasingly macabre twists" that start to make "Breaking Bad look like Teletubbies".
Only a few actors could manage to rise above the mediocrity.
"We felt her death would be the most affecting for the audience... we built this character who had hope and promise, and extinguishing that light would be the most devastating".
We also have our fingers crossed for some other character comebacks: Vee (surely she's not really dead despite being hit by a van?), Larry (will he try to win back Piper?), Bennett (or has he been scared off for good by Daya's family?). In response, Poussey's best friend Taystee leads the prisoners on an angry march. "I think that we're honoring that legacy". Even throwing a prison riot doesn't guarantee followers.
One more con (and one that's a particular bummer) is that the flashbacks aren't as seamless.
The show may call itself a comedy but the laughs have exponentially lessened over the season.
There are some moments that are obviously only meant for the parents who watch the show - the in-jokes about the SHU and Morello's obsession with marriage will definitely go over kids' heads - but overall, it is surprisingly educational. But then, it doesn't even come close to justifying the nine hours that got you there.