The Orange is the New Black season 3 finale left a few big cliffhangers for fans to stew over until season 4 premieres next year.
Luckily, not all of the lingering questions have to remain unanswered. OITNB series star Laura Prepon (who plays Alex) posted the following to Instagram this week:
It quickly shuts down the idea that Kubra’s henchman Aydin killed her in the greenhouse after he was hired as one of Litchfield’s new security guards. In fact, the post is very positive in terms of Alex’s outlook! Laura says she’s looking forward to making “an awesome season,” not just a couple of episodes.
While fans of Alex should be rejoicing, the news may not be as exciting as it was to hear that the character would be back in season 3 after a smaller role in season 2. Her arc in the latest season of OITNB didn’t add much to the plot — her biggest battle was dealing with Piper’s former airplane seat mate Lolly.
What we still don’t know is what the future holds for Aydin at the prison. Caputo lost his entire security staff due to an important promotion, so the prison is currently in desperate need of new workers (As Aydin happily pointed out to Alex). With the population of the prison doubling as we head into season 4, it doesn’t seem like Aydin will be leaving the prison anytime soon.
Presumably he’ll be a new threat to Alex throughout the season — a lingering threat like Vee was in season 2 and the new Litchfield overlords were in season 3.
Orange is the New Black season 4 is now filming and is expected to premiere in summer 2016 on Netflix.