I was a latecomer to the Prison Break train, only having recently watched the four thrilling and action-packed seasons on Netflix; all the while cursing myself for putting it off for so long. With its complex characters, intense storylines, plot twist after plot twist, and a whirlwind of emotions — I finally understood why it had the reputation it did. I also finally understood that hilarious reference to the show in CW’s DC’S Legends of Tomorrow, also featuring co-stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell:
The universe has a knack for bringing back shows immediately after I finish watching them, because just as the Gilmore Girls revival was announced not even two weeks after I’d finished the series on Netflix; excitement erupted on social media with news of Prison Break returning to FOX in the spring. I was ecstatic, and could only imagine how fans who’d followed the series from its beginning in 2005 felt.
Set to premiere on April 4, 2017, Prison Break season 5 consists of nine episodes (I know what you’re thinking — only nine?!?!) all airing on Tuesdays at 9:00 pm. Filmed in Vancouver and Morocco, the limited-series event picks up after *spoiler alert* Michael Scofield’s (Wentworth Miller) apparent death in season 4. Fan-favorite characters Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies), Fernando Sucre (Amaury Nolasco), Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell (Robert Knepper), Benjamin Miles “C-Note” Franklin (Rockmond Dunbar) resume their roles; joined by new characters to be introduced throughout the series.
The premise, according to The Hollywood Reporter, involves “Sara who has moved on with her life, raising her and Michael’s child with her new husband. When clues surface suggesting that Michael may be alive, Sara teams with Lincoln to engineer the series’ biggest escape ever, as three of Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious escapees — T-Bag, C-Note, and Sucre — are pulled back into the action.” A major part of the revival’s plot centers around the fact that it’s set in the war-ridden regions of Yemen in the Middle East; raising questions about what happened to a presumed-dead Michael for him to end up there.
Nostalgic fans will recognize the similarities between the revival and season 1, with the concept of two brothers being separated by prison bars. However, because of the way season 5 is structured, this series is one everyone can watch — even those who’ve never seen previous episodes (although knowing the backstories always helps).
Are you prepared for another gripping, teeth-clenching, edge-of-your-seat-action packed season? I, for one, am planning on making a ton of popcorn on April 4 and shutting off my phone to immerse myself in a show that deserves my full attention and appreciation.
Watch the trailer here: