There's a lot going on in Season 2 of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, and very little of it has to do with Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), who is ostensibly the show's protagonist. Creator Jenji Kohan made no secret of the fact that plot lines were going to be more equally distributed in the sophomore season, pulling the focus away from Piper and allowing other characters like Taystee (Danielle Brooks), Miss Rosa (Barbara Rosenblat) and newcomer Vee (Lorraine Toussaint) to move into the spotlight. But Schilling says she frankly didn't even notice the difference.
"I felt like it was hard to even know that there was less of it, because what was happening felt so dynamic, and it felt like the character of Piper was moving in such an interesting way," the Emmy-nominated Schilling tells TVGuide.com. "That's what I was focused on."
Orange Is the New Black consistently finds ways to make us empathize with unexpected characters, but there are a few that continue to polarize. Alex Vause, most notably, has divided the fandom in two: those who love the four-eyed vixen and those who loathe her with equal fervor.
[Warning: This article contains major spoilers from Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black. Read at your own risk!]
Now that Orange Is the New Black's second season has been out for about a month, we assume everyone has finished watching all 13 episodes at LEAST once. (And if you haven't, what have you been doing with your time?!)
So, for those of you who find yourselves once again in the summer doldrums, going through OITNB withdrawal, we pose a question: Did the show jump the shark in Season 2?
Emmy season is here! For the next two weeks, voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 10. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
[WARNING: The following contains spoilers from Orange Is the New Black's Season 2 premiere. Read at your own risk.]
A note: We are not saying either Piper or Alex is a "good" person. They're both terrible human beings, but that's not the issue at hand. The question is: Who is more terrible? Here's the evidence: