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‘Orange Is The New Black’ Statement On Piscatella Is A Shoutout To Poussey

SPOILER ALERT: I'm going to be talking about the Season 5 finale of 'Orange Is the New Black,' so don't read on if you haven't finished yet.

Season 4 of Orange Is the New Black included a scene that shocked viewers everywhere: The moment when fan favorite character Poussey Washington was killed during a peaceful protest by an untrained prison guard.

Though Poussey does not appear in the newly released Season 5 (save for one quick cameo in a flashback scene), this season's shocking final scene offers a direct parallel to Poussey's death scene.

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Season 5 also ends with the accidental death of a main character at the hands of law enforcement, as CO Dezi Piscatella is mistakenly shot and killed by one of the policemen sent into Litchfield to secure the prison after the riot.

Of course, Piscatella's death isn't really as heartbreaking as Poussey's (he was only introduced on the show last season and played the role of villain most of this season), but fans of the show will notice how similar it is to Poussey's death.

In the penultimate episode of Season 4, Poussey is killed by CO Bayley when he absent-mindedly kneels on her back for too long during a protest. Bayley is shown to be incredibly shaken when he sees what he's done, fearfully stuttering,

She was so small.
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In a very similar vein, Piscatella is shot by a policeman who is clearly very shaken to realize what he had done. The young cop (who actually even looks a lot like Bayley), makes the parallel to Poussey even more clear when with his line after learning Piscatella is dead:

I did aim for the ceiling, sir. He's just... he's so tall.
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Yep — clearly the show is reminding us of Poussey's unfortunate death last season. Is it too much to ask to get through one season of this show without someone getting murdered?