The cast of Netflix's prison drama-comedy Orange Is the New Black is working on season three, Netflix confirmed to Mashable on Monday.
Cast member Laura Prepon also posted a playful Instagram photo featuring fake titles for the third season. The season three news came as a surprise to many fans, as season two has not yet premiered (all 13 episodes will become available to stream on Netflix June 6).
Prepon plays Alex Vause, the love interest and fellow inmate of Taylor Schilling's character Piper Chapman. Prepon all but confirmed she'll return for the third season; rumors ran rampant last year that her character wouldn't even return for season two.
Orange Is the New Black ended 2013 as Netflix's most-watched original series ever, and Taylor Schilling's portrayal of imprisoned lead character Piper earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in Drama, though she lost to Robin Wright of House of Cards.
Schilling and Matt McGorry, who plays a prison guard, both previously told Mashable that they're hopeful of season one's chances of earning Emmy nods 2014. The comedy-drama series' first season, which launched on Netflix in July to rave reviews and early streaming success, narrowly missed the Emmy nominations cutoff date in 2013.
In April, Netflix released the season two trailer, jam-packed with the prison's rowdy occupants, including new menacing character Yvonne "Vee" Parker, played by Lorraine Toussaint, who will scheme to turn fresh alliances against each other.