Orange is the New Black certainly drew its Netflix viewers in for Seasons 1 and 2, and a Season 3 was supposedly green-lit one month before the release date of season 2. The release date for Season 3 has yet to be determined, but most sources agree it will be sometime in Summer (possibly June) of 2015. There are a few events that can be predicted, provided you don't mind some spoilers of Season 1, Season 2, and possibly Season 3, which concludes filming at the end of 2014.
The big focus in Season 1 was the relationship between Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) and Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling). Piper left her fiancée Larry (Jason Biggs) to be with Alex again, even though Alex betrayed Piper and is the reason why Piper is here in the first place. Alex was hardly visible in Season 2, but according to Breathecast, Alex will return to Litchfield Penitentiary in Season 3, after Piper calls her.
Clearly it is going to be quite heated. Alex seems to be selling out Piper on more than one occasion, as seen in episode 1 of Season 2, as Alex was walking away seemingly free while Piper was being sent back to Litchfield. Is Piper going to go back to Alex even though there is clearly no stability there? Season 2 saw more of Piper becoming a hardened prisoner, and perhaps she will decide that Alex is toxic enough to shun entirely. Perhaps she might go back to Larry.
Another plotline under development is the character of Sophia. Laverne Cox's transgender character has really put the actress in the spotlight, even placing her on the cover of Time magazine. Cox has told the Latin Post at the 2014 Emmy Awards that "what the writers have written for my character is very, very exciting".
Cox has been touring the nation as a spokesperson for transgenderism, visiting over 80 cities. Cox states that she "has a good time shooting it [Orange is the New Black]" and "it was very special for me as an actress and the stories are really powerful". Sophia was hardly used in Season 2, but Cox believes that fans will not be disappointed in Season 3. She also states that "I think everyone will be-I don't know how people are gonna be". Orange is the New Black has always been edgy in its portrayal of life in a women's prison, so the depiction of Sophia is probably going to push that envelope even more.
Other issues in Season 3 will be the pregnancy of Daya (Dascha Polanco), which we have already discussed in a previous article. There are rumors of the "time jump" which will possibly help with the 9 months required for her to give birth. The father of the child is John Bennett (Matt McGorry), a prison guard, but the supposed father is a guard known PornStache (Pablo Schreiber). It is reported at Breathecast that Schreiber has other projects that he is working on, and will not be see in Season 3.