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10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black

From Piper’s turn to the dark to Pennsatucky’s turn to the light, here are 10 inconsistencies in the main characters of Orange Is the New Black.

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10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black

Orange Is the New Black is a fantastic Netflix comedy/drama, and it’s full of amazing, complex, and three-dimensional characters. The series takes place in a minimum-security federal prison, and most of the story explores the inmates, their journeys, and their pasts. As such, the show is rich with great character development and intriguing backstories that help shape the narrative of the present.

However, not everything is consistent. Over seven seasons, the characters evolved, progressed, and sometimes even regressed. And sometimes we couldn’t even pinpoint their motivations or personalities. These are ten character inconsistencies throughout Orange Is the New Black.

Piper: Prison Bad Girl

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10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black

While Orange Is the New Black is an ensemble, Piper Chapman has always been the main character. Unfortunately, her character was wildly inconsistent throughout the series. In the beginning, she was the scared, naive, newcomer who scurried around the prison, like a mouse.

By season 3 and 4, she was confidently dominating the prison, running an illegal underwear business, and even leading a neo-Nazi supremacist group (albeit unintentionally). It was a character arc that we never really bought.

Daya: Prison Bad Girl

10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black
10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black

Speaking of prison bad girls and character development we don’t really buy, let’s talk about Daya. At the beginning of the series, Daya is one of the more wholesome prisoners. She’s generally innocent, she keeps to herself, and she only wants love and companionship from Bennett.

By the end, she’s a drug dealer, she’s scaring prisoners into thinking that she’s a murderer, and she’s acting “gangsta.” It’s more cringe-worthy than anything, and we hate seeing what became of her.

Healy: Creep Or Misunderstood Loner?

10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black
10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black

It seems like the show never really found a place for Sam Healy. While Michael Harney’s performance was consistently strong, the writing veered all over the place throughout the series.

Sometimes he was a sexist, misogynistic pig who didn’t deserve any sympathy and literally left Piper to die at the hands of Tucky. In other episodes, he was a sympathetic and misunderstood loner who was clearly struggling with his home life and personal problems. So were we supposed to feel bad for him or not?

Maria Ruiz: Turning Into A Villain

10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black
10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black

Are we supposed to like Ruiz or not? Things get really cloudy around seasons 3 and 4.

Throughout season 3, we learn more about Ruiz’s home life and her daughter. She becomes a sympathetic and lovable figure. And after she’s framed by Piper in season four, she goes full villain by kidnapping Piper and branding a swastika into her forearm. And there goes all the sympathy we had for her. We get fearing retaliation and an extended prison sentence. But branding a swastika into someone’s arm?

Morello: Her Mental Health

10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black
10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black

As the show developed Lorna’s character, it grew sloppier and sloppier. Throughout the first season, Lorna seems like a well-adjusted individual. She’s friendly and smart, she instantly befriends Piper, and she seems to get along with everyone in the prison. She’s the local cool cat.

But as the series progresses, she’s painted as more and more unstable, so much so that we genuinely question why she seemed so “normal” in season one.

Vause: Her Relationship With Piper

10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black
10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black

Vause and Chapman’s relationship remains one of the most divisive elements of Orange Is the New Black. Some people love them together, and others think that they’re a toxic couple who only make each other worse.

Maybe these divisive opinions stem from the inconsistency in the writing. Sometimes Vause and Piper seem to genuinely love each other. Other times they’re treating each other poorly, like when Vause betrayed Piper during the Kubra Balik trial.

Crazy Eyes: Her Intelligence

10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black
10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black

It’s very hard to write characters who suffer from mental illness.

It can be a tricky balancing act, and unfortunately, we don’t know if Orange Is the New Black pulls it off. Sometimes Crazy Eyes seems legitimately crazy and unhinged. Other times, she seems intelligent and self-aware if a little malleable. Reading Crazy Eyes can be a tough challenge, as her character seemingly flips on a dime depending on what the situation and episode require of her.

Larry: Self-Centered

10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black
10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black

More and more people hated Larry Bloom as the show progressed, and it’s not hard to see why. When we first meet Larry, he seems relatively well-intentioned. He misses Piper, he seems to genuinely love her, and he does what he can while she’s in prison.

But we soon learn that he is entirely self-centered, and he’s not above using Piper’s situation to leverage his own career. So he is a nice, well-meaning guy, or a selfish dweeb? The show doesn’t seem to know.

Taystee: Starting A Riot

10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black
10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black

Taystee was always one of the kindest, most respectable, and most intelligent prisoners in the show. Which is why we don’t buy her descent into darkness for one second.

Yes, she would obviously feel pain and frustration from Poussey’s death and Caputo’s handling of the situation. But inciting a full-scale prison riot, keeping Caputo hostage, and urging Daya to murder Humphrey? That seems wildly out of character for Taystee.

Pennsatucky: Her Character Development

10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black
10 Character Inconsistencies In Orange Is The New Black

The problem with turning villains into heroes is that it must be done believably. Unfortunately, that may not be the case with Pennsatucky. For most of the series, Tucky is a tragic character whom we all love. But that wasn’t the case in season one, when she was racist, homophobic, and violent.

Season one literally ends with Pennsatucky trying to murder Piper. And it’s debatable if her second season transition from villain to hero was done with enough complexity and grace to be believable.

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