"Orange Is the New Black" Season 5 will be premiering next week and fans would be delighted to know that Jessica Pimentel, aka Maria Ruiz, has been promoted to a series regular because of her growing importance in the storyline. The same goes true for Dale Soules, aka Frieda Berlin, but it will only happen from Season 6.
"Orange Is the New Black" Season 5 is all set to roll out from next week and it will see more of Jessica Pimentel as the actress has been turned into a regular on the show, Deadline has learned. Her character Maria Ruiz has seen a strong development over the seasons and she has become a significant part of the storyline. Therefore, the makers have decided to make her a regular and it would be interesting to see how she fares in the more tumultuous "Orange Is the New Black" Season 5.
Notably, "Orange Is the New Black" Season 5 is said to be darker and more dramatic as it will see the story taking place over three days when the prison inmates fight for their rights and self-respect. It will reveal the situation in the disruptive prison after the death of Poussey that had led to a riot at Litchfield Penitentiary at the end of Season 4.
Also, it saw Maria challenging Piper and thus, she is going to get a good deal of spotlight. However, it is not just Jessica Pimentel who has turned a regular on "Orange Is the New Black." According to Cinema Blend, Dale Soules, who plays Frieda Berlin on the Netflix show, will become a regular from "Orange Is the New Black" Season 6.
Also, this promotion gives out some hints about the plot of "Orange Is the New Black" Season 5. It means that Frieda will live through the fifth season and will also be shining in her badass avatar. It is worth mentioning here that "Orange Is the New Black" Season 5 is slated to premiere on June 9.