WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Orange is the New Black Season Five!
Could Orange is the New Black go on without Piper? Jenji Kohan, creator of the Netflix dramedy, has gone on record calling Piper her “Trojan horse,” whose purpose was to get the show a green-light and subsequently pave the way for stories about women of color, old age, and varying sexual preferences. She called Piper an “easy access point,” attracting general audiences that might not otherwise be interested and presenting them with diverse characters. Piper began the show as a fish out of water, an audience surrogate character to …
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