An In-Depth Look at Season 3 of 'Orange Is the New Black'

You've gotta have faith.

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Our prayers have been answered! Orange Is the New Black makes its triumphant return on June 12, when all 14 episodes of season three can be unhealthily binge-watched in one sitting streamed on Netflix.

It's been nearly a year since we've immersed ourselves in the drama and scandal of Litchfield Penitentiary, so we've created an in-depth guide on what you need to know after [SPOILER] Vee became roadkill and Pornstache was locked up for disorderly conduct.

An In-Depth Look at Season 3 of 'Orange Is the New Black'

Check out all of the casting announcements, actor departures, plot intel, trailer revelations, and behind the scene photos we've gathered below, then be sure to sound off with your own predictions in the comment section!

  • 1

    Jason Biggs will not be returning

    An In-Depth Look at Season 3 of 'Orange Is the New Black'

    But don't rule out a Larry reunion in season 4! Biggs told Huff Po Live that "It's not a Larry season. They have a lot of characters to service on that show and, at the end of the day, it's a women's prison show. Larry is not a woman or in prison. But the good news is with a show like that, there's always the possibility that he could come back. And I would go back in a heartbeat."

  • 2

    Season 4 is officially happening

    An In-Depth Look at Season 3 of 'Orange Is the New Black'

    We just gave it away with #1, but you can look forward to another full season in 2016. What great job security for these actresses! (Unless they're killed off.)

  • 3

    The theme of the season is "faith"

    An In-Depth Look at Season 3 of 'Orange Is the New Black'

    Notoriously tight-lipped show creator Jenji Kohan revealed that this season's storyline is all about "faith." We're not sure whether or not this is supposed to be taken in a Christian Pennsatucky literal sense, but if the poster (above) gives anything away, it looks like the characters will need to have faith in themselves and their unique talents (motherhood, cooking, acting, etc.)

  • 4

    Alex is back for good

    An In-Depth Look at Season 3 of 'Orange Is the New Black'

    There was a serious void in season 2 with the lack of Alex, but she's back and ready to mess with Piper's head more than ever. 

  • 5

    Five new cast members have been confirmed

    An In-Depth Look at Season 3 of 'Orange Is the New Black'

    Say hello the following fresh faces: Ruby Rose (a potential love interest for Piper and Alex), Mary Steenburgen (Pornstache's mom), Marsha Stephanie Blake (an unnamed corrections officer), Blair Brown, and Mike Birbiglia. 

  • 6

    There is a rumored Martha Stewart storyline

    An In-Depth Look at Season 3 of 'Orange Is the New Black'

    Martha Stewart was supposed to attend the same prison as Piper Kerman, whose memoir inspired the series, but its location would have attracted too much media attention. It is rumored that part of her storyline will play out on this season. One thing's for certain: she'll be a threat to anyone in the kitchen. Look out, Red.

BREAKING DOWN THE TRAILER

In case you missed it, here are some important things we gathered from the two-minute preview:

  • Ruby Rose will be a love interest for Piper and Alex. She causes them to turn their heads and, well, the girl's straight up gorgeous in the few moments we see her. 

  • Piper is going to be responsible for Alex's return to prison. And she won't be happy. (remember the mysterious phone call in season 2?) The clip shows a very emotional Alex questioning why she is back.

  • Lori Petty (Lolly) will return, but will be the subject of some controversy. Alex punches her. 

  • Daya and Bennett are still together. And happy. But let's be honest...that won't last for long. 

  • Nicky is out of prison! You see her outside of the jail and in an office environment (we're predicting manager of a casino, since the girl loved to place bets). 

  • Big Boo will have a new look. She reveals a shockingly adorable bob...much to her dismay. 

  • Red will continue to be power hungry. Not a shocker, but her dialogue is more manipulative than ever.

  • Sophia and Gloria are going to battle it out. Gloria makes a clear threat, but we all know sassy Sophia will be having NONE OF THAT.

  • Taystee and Crazy Eyes are back to being besties. The two are seen hugging it out. 

CAST KUDOS

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    Laverne Cox covered 'TIME' Magazine.

    She was also the first openly-transgendered woman to receive an Emmy acting nomination. 

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    Uzo Aduba "Crazy Eyes" took home an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress.

    It was her first nomination and first win. 

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    Matt McGorry has found success on ABC's 'How to Get Away with Murder'

    He arguably plays one of the most annoying roles on television, but being a part of the hit fall show is certainly a career highlight.

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    Lea DeLaria took down an anti-gay pastor on a subway.

    The outspoken actress shot down the homophobe as he was disrupting passenger commutes with offensive remarks. Click here for the awesomeness. 

Behind the scene photos

Here are some of our favorite behind the scene photos collected from social media: 

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