Following an official announcement by Fox, fans will once again see their favorite characters return to Prison Break for an exciting fifth season. With the series ending back in 2010 and featuring the death of the lead character, Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), what can fans expect to unfold in the new season?
According to Digital Spy, both Miller and Dominic Purcell, who played Michael’s brother, Lincoln Burrows, were involved in the negotiations to renew the hit show. Naturally, this is interesting, because fans witnessed the death of Miller’s character at the end of Season 4. This means that he will likely be resurrected in some manner in the new season.
Although the idea of Miller’s character being brought back may seem like a stretch to some fans, Purcell promised that the script was great. “The [concept] that I’ve heard is completely brilliant, so people will be fine,” he stated.
In addition to Purcell and Miller, fans can also expect to see Sarah Wayne Callie reprise the part of Sara Tancredi in Season 5. “Somebody approached me to talk about it,” the actress stated. “If they’re going back, and the scripts are good, maybe we’ve got more stories to tell.”
According to Melty, Tancredi was Michael’s lover in the series, who was also carrying his son when the show ended. As fans will recall, Sara escaped from Fox River in the series finale because Michael sacrificed himself to ensure their getaway.
Along with Miller, Purcell, and Callie, there have been a few other actors who are thought to be set to make a return to the series. This includes Amaury Nolasco, who played Fernando Sucre in the show and proved to be a nice cellmate for Michael, Robert Knepper, better known as T-Bag, and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, who portrayed Gretchen on the prison drama.
Meanwhile, although the details of the main storyline have yet to be revealed, Dana Walden, a top executive at Fox Television Group, recently revealed that the new season will act like a sequel to the events that occurred in the first four seasons.
“I would describe it as a bit of a sequel,” she said. “It picks up with the characters several years after we left them in the show. The brothers will be back.”
Walden went on to reveal that “some of the [other] iconic characters… will be back,” and explained that Michael’s apparent death would be explained in “a logical and believable” fashion.
At the same time, Express is reporting that the reboot of Prison Break is not going to include any seasons beyond a fifth one. With that in mind, the storyline is expected to be self contained and will be similar to 24: Live Another Day, which featured Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) completing one more assignment in London.
Production for the new season of Prison Break is expected to begin after Miller and Purcell have concluded the filming of their newest series, Legends of Tomorrow. Interestingly, the two actors play partners in crime in the superhero series, Heatwave and Captain Cold, and originally played the parts in The Flash.
It was their roles in The Flash that started the talks of a possible Prison Break reboot, as fans expressed their excitement at seeing the two on screen together once more. Luckily, producers took notice, and it wasn’t long before they decided to move forward with a new season of the hit show.
An official premiere date for Prison Break has not been announced by the network, though it is expected to air at some point in 2016. Until then, fans can expect more the network to release more details as producers get set to start filming.
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