One thing is for sure, Wentworth, the top-notch Aussie based prison drama from Foxtel’s SoHo channel, sure know how to keep fans waiting! While seasons three 2015 premiere date was revealed on Christmas day 2014, the only information us eager fans have been treated to is the casting of Bernard Curry as corrections officer Jake Stewart, Kate Jenkinson as new inmate Allie Novak and Sigrid Thornton as inmate Sonia Stevens.
But, is it possible we’ve finally been given the news we’ve all been waiting for?
Wentworth’s official twitter page has been oddly dormant since Jan 12th, Foxtel’s have been very silent on anything Wentworth and SoHo’s is the same applies to all three’s other social media accounts including Facebook pages. Wentworth star Danielle Cormack though posted to her Instagram account attempting to set the record straight on the date
The 25. 04. 2016 date falls into line with Wentworth’s usual premiere dates for an April start, so until official word comes through, as per usual, it’s a waiting game for us all!
I’ve said it the past two seasons and i’ll say it again – Wentworth is nothing short of incredible (Australian) television and Tuesday night’s season three finale only cemented that fact bringing a close to a multitude of story arcs and opening up some brand new ones.
Warning – if you have not seen the season finale – do not continue! Spoilers beyond!
Season finale of #Wentworth – just superb television.
The season three finale included the death (booooo) of inmate and she-of-the-eepy-creepy-eyes Jess Warner (Georgia Chara) who finally revealed her true freak and why she found herself in Wentworth, who met an untimely end at the hands of Ferguson (Pamela Rabe), who, herself had a mighty fall from grace as her past indiscretions came to a head and the release of Frankie Doyle (Nicole da Silva) into the waiting arms of former prison counselor Bridget Westfall (Libby Tanner).
So now the big questions remain for season four – that sneak peak at the end of the credits featuring a heavily disheveled Ferguson sporting a rather snug straight jacket while sitting in a padded cell – surely that means her story line will continue into season four. Will Karen Proctor’s (Tammy MacIntosh) entrance into Wentworth prove trouble for Bea (Danielle Cormack) considering Ferguson set Bea up as the informer who tipped the police off to Karen’s involvement with the Red Right Hand vigilante group? Will Vera (Kate Atkinson) step up as the new governor? And the biggest of them all – Surely Frankie and Bridget can’t be really gone right?
With only two episodes left for season three, Wentworth is beginning to string together all the puzzle pieces that have been strewn about for the past two seasons. With Season three endgame in sight, here are some of my suspicions of what could happen. – Spoilers ahead for those not up-to-date with season three!!
1: Sophie Donaldson Leaves /// The inclusion of Sophie Donaldson (Edwina Samuels) this season played heavily into Liz’s (Celia Ireland) season arc. Proving that actions can be louder than words, Sophie chose a ‘don’t do as I say, do as I do’ approach to her mothers alcoholism and promptly found herself joining mummy dearest in prison with a drink driving-hit and run charge. Now that Liz has cleaned herself up after a sloppy mid-season binge on ‘Boomer Brew’, Sophie really hasn’t had much else to do with the exception of her meet and greet with the wife of the man she killed.
2: Erica Davidson Returns /// It’s probably a long-shot, but could season one’s temporary governor Erica Davidson (Leeanna Walsman) make a surprise return to the hot seat? With Governor Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) on a fast downward spiral, ‘the board’ could be looking to fill the head position fast. Sure Erica was fired for losing control of the female prisoners (Bea killing Jacs ultimately lead to Erica’s dismissal) but she also knows the job and the women – especially Frankie (Nicole da Silva).
3: Will and Fletch re-ignite their friendship /// It’s been a rocky road for these two prison wardens. Between death of loved ones, alcoholism, affairs, drug abuse and attempted murder, the path hasn’t been well lit for these two former mates but with Fletch (Aaron Jeffrey) on-track to regain his memory, could his possible revelation that Ferguson was out to get Will (Robbie Magasiva) after he removed Jianna’s baby from her, bring the two back together?
4: Bridget Westfall resumes counselling duties at Wentworth /// Bridget (Libby Tanner) has to come back right? It’s the only sane response one has to offer after she was abruptly tossed out thanks to Vera (Kate Atkinson) and her “Ima do what’s right by the Governor” attitude. Bridget has been this season’s best addition with her need to use her counselling powers to rid these inmates of their demons and if her powers worked on Frankie, just imagine what a session with the Governor would do?! Plus, it’s Libby Tanner and we need her more on our tv screens.
5: Jess is freakier than The Freak /// From day dot I’ve been saying “That girl Jess Warner (Georgia Chara) is a cuckoo clock short of a cuckoo”. Here’s the thing…we know jack about this girl….literally nothing about her…well except she uses sex as a weapon, has a weird affection for children and makes great ‘if looks could kill’ eyes. Now that Doreen (Shareena Clanton) has had baby Joshua, Jess’s eepy-creepy face has been coming out a bit more often than normal and it seems her plan to have Joshua all to herself is in full effect.
6: Frankie gets parole /// This is what the third season has been leading up-to for Frankie, her big breakthrough with Bridget about killing Meg Jackson (Catherine McClements), her big breakthrough about wanting to get jiggy with Bridget, her big breakthrough that her relationship with drugs has buggered a lot of people up…all signs are pointing to Frankie actually leaving Wentworth – let’s hope I’m wrong on this one!)
7: The Governor gets taken down /// Frankie, Doreen, Liz and Doreen all know, Fletch and Bridget do too and now Vera has finally joined the anti-freak gang. There’s no looking back for Joan now that half of Wentworth are in on her freakishly creepy and deviant doings but just how will she go down? Will it be a joint effort? Will Vera do it alone? Perhaps Bea gets her hands on a pencil…either way, there’s no denying that Wentworth will probably need a new governor by seasons end.
8: Kaz Proctor becomes an inmate at Wentworth /// As the leader of the all-female-all-butt-kicking-all-men-hating group ‘the red right hand’ it’s probably not in Kaz’s (Tammy MacIntosh) best interests that Will Jackson knows exactly who she is. Add that with a dose of “Hi, thanks for calling, but i’m currently out on a mission, looking for a large bald man to bash” and one can only assume Kaz’s freedom is quite limited.
So there you have it! Eight of my suspicions for season three’s finale – I’ve purposely left Bea out because…well…I feel she’s a little lost. Her determination to find the bald man plays into Fletch’s story-line, her determination to bring down Ferguson plays into everyone’s story-line and the only thing Bea really has to possibly worry about is losing her grip as top dog with the prisoners.
What do you guys think? Am I headed down the right path or am I missing something all-together? Sound off in the comments below!
Wentworth Season three finale airs Tuesday night, 8:30pm on SoHo.
While it may not be much, SoHo dropped a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it promo for the highly anticipated third season of the excellent Wentworth back on Christmas Day.
Fans of the Wentworth Facebook page were treated to the Christmas gift in the form of a 20 second clip that reveals Bea (Cormack) taking her stand against Governor Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) with the words “You don’t run this prison….I do”.
The teaser clip comes off the back of the show becoming available to American audiences with seasons one and two now available on streaming service Netflix. Along with the new audience, positive critical reviews are starting to stream out, praising the show, the writing and comparing it (somewhat) to the other women’s prison drama Orange is the New Black.
It’s been a looooooooong wait for details about Wentworth’s highly anticipated second season and finally, SoHo has given us some treats about what to expect for the upcoming season of the prison drama.
What we know is that it’s been three months since Bea (Danielle Cormack) killed Jacs (Kris McQuade) in retailliation for the death of her teenage daughter. Erica’s (Leeanna Walsman) hold over the prison is sitting on shaky ground which leaves room for a new governor to take control. Enter Joan ‘The Freak’ Fergusson (brilliant casting of Pamela Rabe) who see’s that Bea could be the perfect person to mould into becoming top dog in the prison that she could control.
But Bea has other plans as she vows to avenge her daughter’s murder. How does someone locked up in a prison achieve such a seemingly impossible ambition? Season two charts her quest and Bea will be forced to use every ounce of her courage, ingenuity and steely determination.
Around her, the members of Bea’s prison ‘family’ all face challenges of their own and no one should underestimate the lengths to which the psychopathic Ferguson will go to establish control. How does she become “The Freak”?
Take a look at the season two first look trailer below:
Wentworth Season Two begins Tuesday May 20th on SoHo
FOXTEL announced that it’s popular prison drama Wentworth has been picked up for a second season.
It’s no surprise considering the pilot episode of Wentworth was the most-watched non-sports program in Australian subscription television history, with a total average audience of 631,000 viewers. Throw in gritty story-lines, a fantastic all-star cast and the fact it’s actually a great remake of a classic Aussie TV series – A second season was bound to come.
The show has already been sold to New Zealand and the UK.
Season one, which concludes after 10 episodes on July 2nd, followed Bea Smith’s (Danielle Cormack) first foray into an all-women’s prison after being charged with the attempted murder of her abusive husband. Her struggles to cope within the sometimes violent confines of prison provide some ups and downs for Bea and before she knows it, finds herself in the middle of a war between Franky Doyle (Nicole Da Silva) and Jacs Holt (Kris McQuade) and their followers.
The season one finale will finale reveal the truth behind the riot that saw the murder of the Wentworth Correctional Centre’s Governor Meg Jackson (Catherine McClemments), leading a confrontation between Bea Smith and a killer ending in a deadly result.
Season two begins production later this year and is set to air in 2014.
Wentworth airs Wednesday Nights 8:30pm on FOXTEL (SoHo Channel)