Rosa Cisneros is one character that did not get much screen time until this season. Unlike most inmates, her reasons for getting into jail weren’t morally questionable in my opinion. Sometimes I believe some of the characters didn’t really deserve for going into jail, but Rosa’s flashbacks make it clear that she was robbing banks intentionally for the thrill of it. If she had gotten caught her first time, maybe I’d let bring my set of ethics to discuss the fairness of her going to jail, but the fact that she continued to rob banks (even after the “kisses of death”) makes her different from most characters. It makes her ruthless. Cunning. Smart. Badass. And that’s why I think she is my favorite character. Most characters go through so much trouble in prison, but Rosa understands her position. Her foreboding death has brought her closure and maturity. She really knows herself, whereas some characters are still growing and working out their flaws.
I think the show uses Red and Vee’s market wars not only to build conflict and plot but also to present the theme of friendships versus betrayals. There are many instances where character relationships have their ups and downs, but between Red and Vee, there is an ongoing standoff that so far has not been resolved. I honestly think that they wouldn’t need this power play outside of the prison, nor would they necessarily be successful at controlling others. Yes, Vee ran her drug ring before, but my point is that the jail, as I’ve mentioned in another blog, allows characters to finally be what they want to be and do what they want to do, ironically. Although the inmates are the “dolls” in this prison-house and controlled by the officers, the prisoners have plenty of freedom to live in their own little world that they otherwise would not have outside these walls. Outside of these walls, you have to hide who you are. Here, there are no filters.
Are we all our true selves when we live in our own world, on our crazy side? When Piper gets on furlow, she disregards the rules for those 48 hours. You can tell she feels free to do things shamelessly. She even tells the two elders at the table that she is not some girl they thought her to be anymore. It’s not that she thinks she’s a criminal, but it’s that she thinks she is her truer form when she is more honest about herself, and that is what the prison provides. Sister Ingalls is the same way. She was hiding under her nun wear and nun reputation as someone who she wasn’t. When she snuck out to that nuclear factory however, she was able to express her true form because nobody was watching her, nobody was telling her what to do.