First broad-casted on SoHo on 1st May 2013, Wentworth is an Australian TV Series based on the re-imagination of the show, Prisoner. Prisoner aired on Network Ten between 1979 to 1986. Acquired from Reg Watson’s original concept, Lara Radulovich and David Hannam developed the show.
The modern-day series focuses on Bea Smith’s (played by Danielle Cormack) early days in prison. As the series progresses, she slowly rises to the top of the prison’s hierarchy. The set of the first three seasons was in the suburbs of Cayton Victoria. Later, the set moved to Newport, Victoria with the commencement of Season 4.
Season 5 of the series shifted from the show’s normal storyline to more of an ensemble format. The series mostly received a positive review from critics, so much so that its first episode is the most-watched Australian drama series premiere in Foxtel’s history. Later, several countries including New Zealand and the United Kingdom picked up the show, and changed the title to “Wentworth Prison”. The series is now moving towards Season 8, and this article will cover everything you need to know about the new season.
Wentworth Prison – Season 8
Wentworth Season 8 release date has been announced by Foxtel. The show was revived a few months ago when it was picked up by other countries, and Wentworth Season 8 will now be released in July. The reason behind the release of the 8th season might be because Foxtel has renewed its own Season 9. Both of these Seasons will have 10 episodes, and after the 9th Season, Wentworth will complete its 100 events.
The new Season might pick-up from the finale of the previous season in which Joan did something very unexpected and stunned the audience. The storyline will revolve around this moment. With the imprisonment of the transgender character of the series, Reb, the series will most likely emphasize on what Reb will go through in the prison.
This can even be confirmed by the excitement of the actor who plays the role of Reb, Zoe. She said that she’s excited to see how far Reb can take this all.
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Wentworth Prison Season 8 – Synopsis
The title of the first episode is “Resurrection”, and the episode showcases the renovation of the prison after its siege, and General Manager, Ann, has to deal with mismanagement and the destruction of Will, which has left many officers and prisoners to struggle to reminisce everything.
The instalment titled, “Secret We Keep”, will clarify Reb’s journey, and that will follow in the third and fourth episodes titled, “Revenge” and “Fallen Angel”, respectively.
WENTWORTH PRISON SEASON 8 – CAST
A few characters will make their return in the Wentworth Season 8, and that includes; Kat Atkinson as Vera Bennet, Leah Purcell as Rita Conners, Pamela Rabe as Joan Ferguson, Kate Jenkinson as Allie Novak, and Katrina Milosevic as Sue Jenkins.
Additionally, three new characters will make an appearance in the new Season as well, and they are; Zoe Terakes as Rebel Keane, more commonly known as Reb, Kate Box as Lou Kelly, and Jane Hall as the General Manager, Ann Reynolds.
WHEN IS WENTWORTH PRISON SEASON 8 RELEASING?
Fortunately, Wentworth Season 8 was filmed in October of last year, before the pandemic. And, with the release of Season 8, Season 9 was revived a month ago to explain all of the loose ends.
Recently, Foxtel tweeted about the lockdown finishing, along with the release date of Wentworth Season 8 and a hint for Season 9. The exact release date for Season 8 is 28th of July, and as for the 9th Season of the series, that’s expected to be released in 2021.