Now that it's been over a week since Netflix dropped their latest batch of binge-watchy goodness — Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black — many of you have made it to the finale. (If you haven't, read some of our other OITNB content and come back later!)
Near the end of the Season 2 finale episode, Season 2, Episode 13: "We Have Manners. We're Polite," we finally see Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) opening one of ex-girlfriend Alex Vause's (Laura Prepon) many letters — likely a re-read, since Piper had already met face-to-face with Alex, and made the phone call that got her arrested. You know, for protection from their former drug-lord employer.
The letter's appearance on-screen is brief, and a little hard to read since it's a photocopy — but we've transcribed all we could see from the top page for you.
You probably are not opening these, or if you are, I'm sure you don't really want to hear what I have to say. I doubt if the tables were turned that I would be reading this, but on the off chance that you are still reading, I want to try and explain myself, which is difficult in a letter and would be so much easier face to face. I know that the situation in Chicago seems f--ked, but I promise I was protecting you.
There was a lot going on that I wasn't able to talk to you about, and if I had had even a moment alone with you before the trial, I swear I would have been completely open and honest.
The last thing I wanted after everything we have been through is for you to feel lied to, or deceived in any way. Piper, I promise, I am not that person.
And I never meant to put you in a position where you would have to be dishonest. But it's…
Everything else is obscured by Piper's hand, or the paper unfolding too fast — but if you managed to catch some of the words that we didn't, please let us know in the comments!