Alan Aisenberg’s CO Baxter Bayley was subjected to criticisms for accidentally killing Samira Wiley’s character Poussey on the last episode of Orange is the New Black Season 4.
Poussey was a fan favorite and according to the Orange is the New Black Season 5 spoilers, the upcoming episodes will deal with how Bayley’s life will be affected by the mistake he committed.
Jessica Pimentel’s Maria has been transferring drugs through the prison after being sentenced to extra two or three years behind the bars. However, her leadership is headed for a massive turn in the upcoming season, the Orange is the New Black Season 5 spoilers teased.
The TV Guide reported that if season 5 takes off from where the season 4 ended, then the viewers will be in for a surprise. According to reports, even though CO Humphrey was being held at gunpoint by Daya, his fate will depend on Maria.
“If you’re a boss, you don’t get your hands dirty ever,” Pimentel told the TV Guide. “So [for Maria], it’s like, ‘Oh, damn, I’d like to shoot that guy. Daya, pick that [gun] up. I’m never going to get my hands dirty.’ … [Maria] has no reason to live at this point.”
In an Interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Aisenberg defended his character, saying bad mistakes are often committed by good people. Bayley ended up killing Poussey during a prison-wide protest and it was the first time in the series that a fan-favorite character was killed off. Her body was left on the floor for a whole day as the prison administration debated on how to inform the public about it.
With season 4 now available on Netflix, Aisenberg said he was prepared for a massive backlash. But he was surprised to find it is not so bad.
“I was so convinced that 95 percent of what I was going to get was going to be negative, and I’d say it’s about five to 10 percent,” Aisenberg tells The Hollywood Reporter. “He made a mistake and I’m really conflicted, but I feel for him. There’s a very small percentage of people who are not understanding the complexity of the situation and are blaming him specifically.”
The actor added that the incident would definitely have a life changing impact on Bayley, who is just an amateur kid.