‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 4 Finale Spoilers: Major Character Dead, Litchfield Changed Forever

‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 4 Finale Spoilers: Major Character Dead, Litchfield Changed Forever
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 A major character in “Orange is the New Black” Season 4 died on the finale. If you’ve binge watched the whole season, then you’ll be crying your hearts right now looking for closure, which made you land into our page. If you haven’t watched up to the season’s finale, then consider yourself warned: SPOILERS ahead.



Poussey Washington died in “Orange is the New Black” Season 4.  It was an accident — but it was hard to accept that a major character just died like that.

Poussey’s death (if it is a consolation..or not) happened very, very fast. If you have not been watching closely or so tired from the binge-watching the whole “Orange is the New Black” Season 4 and closed your eyes for a minute, you might have missed what exactly happened.

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Essentially, the inmates at Litchfield finally had enough from the prison guards so they carried out a “peaceful protest.” They stood on top of the tables and threatened the guards that they would not be leaving their spots until Piscarella resigned or got fired. The guards however, did not take this sitting down either so they took on a more violent route.

The inmates were pulled off tables and “reinforcements” were called in. The orderly protest turned into chaos and in a blink of an eye, Taystee can be seen crying over our beloved Poussey, pinned underneath Bayley — dead.


It is important to note that she did not even want to participate in the protest at all. Speaking with Soso, Poussey said she did not want to be in trouble and would rather just focus on gutting out of Litchfield.

When she participated though, it was because she wanted to be there for Soso and the other inmates.

How did she exactly end up being squashed and strangled? In the struggle, Bayley was fighting off Suzanne while pinning down Pousey. Poussey, at half of his size, was already at a disadvantage.

She was barely hissing out “Get off of me” and was also mouthing “help me.” Bayley’s hand was on Poussey’s neck, so her breathing was further restricted.

Later on Bayley tried to defend himself that it was an accident and Caputo glossed it over for the press. But we are sure this will not end here.

Caputo himself knew that the implications of her death will be anything but pretty and he’s not personally willing to sweep everything under a rug either, no matter how he acted for the media.

He continued: “There was a peaceful protest in this prison tonight that became fatal when the men under your command got involved. Someone died on your watch, Captain. A human being.”

“You better believe we’re going to look into it. And we’re gonna be hearing many stories. Not just the story you’re telling but many stories.”

Before fans start to slam the show for being racist and killing off a major Black character, it is important to note that her death will not be in vain (even though it’s quite difficult to think that now). The season drives in an important message: #BlackLivesMatter and you will be feeling more of this on “Orange is the New Black” Season 5.

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