Hypable attended Orange is the New Black’s panel at PaleyFest 2014 Friday night where the cast teased fans about the highly-anticipated new episodes.

Season 2, a major new character, the show’s important messages, and binge watching’s effect on writing OITNB were the focuses of the night.

The panel was made up of show stars Michael Harney, Uzo Aduba, Lorraine Toussaint, Laverne Cox, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon, Yael Stone, Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Taryn Manning, Jenji Kohan, Natasha Lyonne, Danielle Brooks, and creative/executive producer Jenji Kohan.

Here’s what we learned during the 75-minute discussion…

– Kohan said Netflix let her have full control of the show without any intervention on their part. “Basically they said, until you fuck up, we will let you do your thing.'” Added Laura Prepon who plays Alex, “They really did. Sometimes networks tend to micro manage,” but not Netflix.

– Kohan said the fact that viewers binge watch the show influenced the way they wrote season 2. For example, all characters won’t be appearing as often as they did in season 1. Kohan argues that this is okay because you’re watching multiple episodes back to back anyway, so you won’t notice they’re missing from a particular episode. “We realized that characters wouldn’t be gone when viewers are watching binge style,” she said.

The creator also admitted that the pacing is different for the second season. “We don’t have to pack everything into one,” referring to opening and closing plot lines every episode. She added that the binging viewership also means they don’t have to do recaps. Hypable got the impression that this is how they’re working around Prepon’s limited filming schedule, since reports say she appears in several episodes but not all of them.

– Speaking of Prepon, the actress says that when word got out that she wouldn’t be in many episodes in season 2, she was moved by the fan support. “It was overwhelming. I love these girls, I love Jenji. When there was a bit of a scheduling conflict the love I got from the fans was amazing.”

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Kate Mulgrew and Natasha Lyonne during Friday’s PaleyFest event

– Kohan says that she knows how Red ended up in prison, but the actress who portrays her, Kate Mulgrew, still doesn’t. When Mulgrew heard Kohan say this, she gave her a look of disgust we’d expect from Red. Maybe we’ll hear about it in season 3?

– Lorraine Toussaint plays a new character named Vee in season 2. When we first see her she “enters silently.” Though the actress was quiet for most of the panel, when directly asked about her new character, she said Vee is “one of the more complex characters” she’s ever played, and one of the most difficult.

“She’s a complex, interesting character who interacts intimately with all these characters,” referring to everyone up on stage. “She’s not afraid of intimacy,” she told the crowd to several intrigued gasps. Danielle Brooks, who plays Taystee, said that working with Toussaint is like “taking an Oprah master class.” The panel agreed that Vee will stir things up, and that “nothing will be the same” after her.

– Jason Biggs says that season 2 will see him trying to find a way for Larry and and Piper to work. “When we left them in season 1, their relationship was precarious at best. In season 2, Larry’s figuring out if the damage is irreparable. I really believe they love each other,” he said. “I believe there’s something there and it’s hard for him to just give up on it. Season 2 will see him figuring that out.”

– Lea DeLaria, who plays Big Boo, made a surprise appearance halfway through the event. She says that she’s started keeping count of how many screwdrivers she’s been asked to sign and is up to 44.

– At the end of the panel, a fan asked who each cast member would like to have as their prison wife. Taylor Schilling, who plays Piper, said she’d be with everyone (“Polygamy.”), which led others to answer with the same statement. Laverne Cox said she’d be with Lauren Prepon.

Orange is the New Black’s PaleyFest event was an entertaining evening for fans, and the cast looked like they were having an equally great time.

Season 2 premieres June 6 on Netflix.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017

Maisie Williams freaks out over ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 scripts

"Nothing will prepare you for this."

7:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

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Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

At first, Williams warned fans to steel themselves for the epic events to come.

…but apparently, no amount of mental toughness will be enough for season 7.

To summarize, Game of Thrones fans the world over are now sizzlingly jealous of Maisie Williams… and also, apparently, well and truly screwed.

With George R.R. Martin’s next installment in A Song of Ice and Fire still achingly absent, there’s almost no way to predict the major events of Game of Thrones season 7. Our only theory is that we should probably say goodbye to the feelings we managed to resuscitate after Jon Snow came back to life.

Williams isn’t the only member of the cast hinting at madness to come. Maisie’s on-screen sister Sophie Turner revealed that she too had advance knowledge while pondering Sansa’s future.

“I’ve actually just got the scripts for seven,” Turner tells Variety. “So I don’t want to say too much, because I’ll probably end up slipping some truths out!”

Seven forbid, Sophie. Seven forbid.

Game of Thrones season 7 will air some time in 2017, but not soon enough.

What madness do you think ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 has in store?

Netflix adapting ‘Anne of Green Gables’ for new TV series with additional themes

Anne Shirley is returning to our screens!

2:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

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L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

The eight-book Anne of Green Gables series has been adapted numerous times over the years (including the well-known, two-part 1985 televised miniseries), but this will arguably be the biggest adaptation to date thanks to the potential audience Netflix could pull in.

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According to Deadline, “the coming-of-age series will focus on a young girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time — and thanks to her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination — 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live.”

The new adaptation “will honor the foundation of the book, but will incorporate new adventures reflecting themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”

The series will be set in 1890. The first book was published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery and has gone on to sell over 50 million copies worldwide.

Will you watch Netflix’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series?

If you’ve ever been interested in reading the series, now’s a great time to start!