Orange is the New Black’s second season introduced us to the matriarchal power structure of Litchfield. Throughout the season tensions grew between the almighty prison mothers — Yvonne “Vee” Parker [Lorraine Toussaint] and Galina “Red” Reznikov [Kate Mulgrew]. What became quickly apparent was that Vee was true evil out to destroy everyone. And in the end it was Vee who needed to be destroyed.
With “We Have Manners. We’re Polite” — the finale of Season Two — Red is in the hospital recovering from Vee’s brutal attack. Vee has Suzanne (“Crazy Eyes”) [Uzo Aduba] convinced that she was the one that hurt Red, and the officers investigating the case are just as clueless and convinced that Suzanne is a primary suspect. Vee’s former minions have become hip to the fact that she’s a manipulative sociopath who must be stopped, and Gloria [Selenis Leyva] has already commenced with some Voodoo against her.
Meanwhile Miss Rosa [Barbara Rosenblat] has just found out her chemotherapy is not working and she only has a couple weeks left to live. After hearing this news from her doctor, she is driven back to Litchfield by Lorna [Yael Stone] and a guard who just can’t get enough of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” playing on the radio. Miss Rosa stares at the window faced with the reality that her final days will be spent incarcerated while listening to a peppy song that tells us that love is possible as long as you have just one thing in common with another person.
When they return from the hospital the prison is on lockdown, as Vee has escaped and is running free in the wilderness. With Miss Rosa and Lorna still stationed in the van outside, Lorna convinces her to drive the hell out of Litchfield. Miss Rosa drives away almost running over a clan of protesting nuns en route to freedom. Once free she sees Vee on the side of the road and makes the noble decision to run her over. “Always being so rude, that one,” she mutters to herself while blasting “Don’t Fear the Reaper” on the radio and visually becoming the younger version of herself.
In anticipation of Season Three, premiering tomorrow on Netflix, I spoke with cast members Laura Prepon, Barbara Rosenblat, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Lea DeLaria, Selenis Leyva, and Stephanie Andujar about the death of Vee, why this show makes us nostalgic for our days in prison (even if we’ve never experienced it, per se), and got some insight on the coming season.