[Warning: This article contains spoilers about Season 4 of Orange Is the New Black. Read at your own risk!]
Viewers weren't the only ones who had their hearts shattered in Episode 12 of Orange Is the New Black's fourth season.
Alan Aisenberg (C.O. Bayley): "That was a 22-hour day, and I couldn't sleep the night before, for obvious reasons. So I was up from about midnight to 6 a.m. the next day. I had bruises all over me. I was exhausted. Those two weeks of shooting that episode broke me - and I'm young. I was 22 when I shot it, and there's no reason for me to be that broken. But mentally, physically and emotionally, that episode ripped me to pieces. In a great way.
Samira had a brace on her. We kind of talked about it and she was like, 'Look, you're not going to hurt me. I have this thing. Go at it.' And then I said the same thing to Uzo [Aduba]. Like, 'You're not going to hurt me. Swing away.' Because I knew a week of bruises would be worth it looking the way that it does. So I was just ready to put myself through it. ... We were all mourning Poussey, but I was mourning Bayley too. He kind of dies in that moment. He's not who he was. He'll never be that way again."
Michael Harney (Sam Healy): "For me personally, it's a loss to me. I love [Samira]. I'll miss her."
Jessica Pimentel (Maria Ruiz): "It's a reflection of what's happening, is it not? And it came at such a point in time that [Poussey] was finally finding some sweetness. It is very true to life, and it's always the sweetest. Why are all these innocents being hurt? That seems to be a recurring theme of life in general, these innocent people that are constantly being mowed down, who are just looking for love and acceptance."
Laura Gomez (Blanca Flores): "I could not believe it. ... It was shocking and it was very sad, and I remember one of my castmates telling me, 'Don't read [the script] at night because it's going to overwhelm you. And I'm like, 'You can't tell me that. Now I have to read it.' And then I was overwhelmed. Such an important character. Such a lovable character. It makes sense that it was her. It's a heartbreaking moment."
Blair Brown (Judy King): "You could see who had read [the script]. People just looked shattered. And coming to work that day was horrible. It was like truly a person was dying. Absolutely awful."
Brad William Henke (C.O. Piscatella): "It was surprising that it happened, but it should happen [on the show], because that's what happens in prison."
Kelly Karbacz (Kasey Sankey): "It was heartbreaking, and as someone who has loved the show from Day 1, it's heartbreaking. I had to sit with it for a long time, because it really, really touched me and moved me and changed me to see that. ... When I read the script, [I] went from a gasp to a silent moment to weeping. I felt every emotion in the gamut. I think the episode is so beautifully done."
Were you shocked by the events in the second to last episode?
Season 4 of Orange Is the New Black is available to stream on Netflix.