It’s official. Today is the day; the return of Prison Break. After eight long years, the boys of Fox River State Penitentiary are back for one final break, and I must admit, while I do have my skepticisms, I can’t wait.
The show returns for a limited fifth season that will serve as a sequel to the original. It is currently scheduled to air nine all-new episodes; however, if it does really well, I wouldn’t doubt that it could potentially be renewed for more.
With almost all of the main cast members returning, including Wentworth Miller (Michael Scofield), Dominic Purcell (Lincoln Burrows), Sarah Wayne Callies (Sara Tancredi), Amaury Nolasco (Sucre), Robert Knepper (T-Bag), Rockmund Dunbar (C-Note), and Paul Adelstein (Paul Kellerman), as well as the return of original series creator, Paul Scheuring, the sequel promises to do the original series justice and bring back all of the elements that made us fall in love in the first place.
Get ready for epic cliffhangers, heart pumping action, crippling anxiety, and of course, the unbreakable bond of brotherhood, as the gang reunites once more for their biggest escape yet. After discovering clues that the deceased Michael may still be alive, his brother, Lincoln, and wife, Sara, must take drastic measures to ensure that they discover the truth. If there’s even a chance that Michael is alive, you know these two will do anything and everything to get to him, and so the journey will begin. With the help of friends, enemies, and former escapees, Lincoln and Sara will embark on a quest to bring Michael home once again. No matter how the story turns out, there is not a doubt in my mind that it will most certainly be epic.
SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU HAVE WATCHED THE ORIGINAL SERIES IN ITS ENTIRETY
For those of you who watched the original series, you may be wondering how this is all going to play out. I know I am. Why? Well because Michael Scofield died in the series finale. During a mission to break Sara out of prison for the murder of his mother, Michael stayed behind and sacrificed himself so that his family could get to safety. However, in a video clip that Michael left in the hands of good friend, Alexander Mahone (played by William Fichtner), that was to be given to Lincoln and Sara to watch in the event of his death, Michael reveals that he wasn’t going to live much longer anyway because of the progression of his brain tumor. That leaves me with the question, how is Michael alive now? I can understand how maybe he got out alive, but he was ill and was dying…. so how has he been healed? According to the CEO of FOX, Dana Walden, the sequel will provide “a logical and believable explanation to why the characters are alive and still moving around the world.”
Prison Break was really an unbelievable show, and while it did get farfetched and begin to lose its luster in the fourth season, I really thought that it had a very satisfying conclusion and I loved it. Now that conclusion is being erased and I’m nervous, but I’m excited. In fact, as I’m writing this now, my excitement is through the roof. I didn’t realize how much I missed it. I’m looking forward to seeing how they explain Michael’s death and how they choose to handle the story moving forward.
Prison Break premieres tonight at 9 PM on FOX. The series catch phrase is “First, it was a prison. Now, it’s a nation.” Cue chills.
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