Scofield and Lincoln are planning yet another Prison Break, nine years after the last one, which apparently left Michael dead from electrocution… So how did he survive? 4 April sees the premiere of Prison Break season five in the US, but if you can’t wait that long here’s a lowdown of the first episode which was screened at WonderCon. Plus there’s a little extra insight from the brothers themselves – Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell – new girl Inbar Lavi (who plays Sheba) and executive producers Vaun Willmott and Michael Horowitz.
The opening scene starts with the image of an owl, followed by a monologue from Michael Scofield:
“Freedom has a price. I died seven years ago and left behind a brother, a wife, a son. The dead talk if you listen. They’re there with you reaching out, trying to tell you something, because not all deaths are the same. Some are real; some are story. The question is, do you believe this story? Was the man who died who you thought he was? The dead talk, if you listen. ”
T-Bag is released from prison, stating, “This cesspool has been a model citizen.” In his belongings he receives a letter. Lincoln is first seen running from a gang to whom he owes $100k. They call him a small-time crook who can’t pay his debts. He makes it home to find T-Bag there, who says, “Fate has deigned to join us at the hip once again despite our mutual contempt.”
T-Bag shows him a picture – postmarked Yemen – of Michael: “Looks like your brother might just be alive.”
There’s a cryptic Biblical message on the letter which neither understands, but Lincoln wants T-Bag to leave. Lincoln flies from Chicago to NY to see Sara. It soon becomes evident they haven’t been in contact. They discuss the picture and possibility of Michael being alive. Sara says what Lincoln won’t – “I know you want it to be true” – but she’s pragmatic and doesn’t believe it, especially as it came from T-Bag. There’s a heartwarming moment with Mikey – Michael’s son, and Sara’s husband Jacob is introduced.
T-Bag gets an e-vite from a Dr Whitcombe, and discovers he’s a prosthetics expert who received an anonymous grant for his work provided that the first recipient of a hand is T-Bag! T-Bag realises it must be linked to the letter. Lincoln goes to Michael’s grave. “I have good in me. It would be nice if you were here to help me find it.”
Then he finds a code on the letter – “Ogygia” – and digs up Michael’s grave looking for clues. Someone takes control of Lincoln’s car and crashes it. Lincoln escapes and sees a man in a suit following him. An armed intruder enters Sara’s house and shoots her husband before the police arrive. In the hospital, Mikey admits he knows something is happening with his real dad. Smart kid! Lincoln says he’ll go to Yemen to find out what’s happening:
- Sara: “You don’t know anything about Yemen.”
- Lincoln: “So I’ll find someone who does.”
He goes to see C-Note, who has taken up Jihad, “the real Jihad not the madness you see on the news.” Ogygia is a prison for political prisoners – C-Note calls the prison and is told Michael’s not there. They search the Internet to find all traces of Michael have been erased. C-Note suggests this could all be Michael’s doing and he doesn’t need rescuing.
T-Bag decides to go ahead with his prosthetic operation. Lincoln punches an intruder, only to find it’s Sucre! C-Note and Lincoln leave for Yemen, talking Sucre out of following. They are picked up at the airport by wrong person and lured to a car garage. Fighting ensues and C-Note shouts, “Greetings from the US prison system bitches!”
They are rescued by C-Note’s Yemeni contact, Sheba. T-Bag wakes from his operation with a metal hand. His doctor reveals his Benefactor calls himself Auris, the Greek for “nobody”.
Lincoln trades his passport for a visit with Michael in prison. Mikey asks about his dad. Sara says he’s like a storm, “Beautiful and frightening.” Mikey ponders, “Storms can come back can’t they?” Sara replies, “Mmm, but the question is, is it the same storm or something changed?”
Lincoln and Michael finally come face to face, only for Michael to say:
“My name isn’t Michael and I don’t know who you are, I’m sorry.”
Here’s some highlights from the subsequent panel:
Dominic Purcell: “Wentworth and I were working on The Flash an reminiscing about Prison Break, and we realised there was more to tell as long as we were paying service to the legend of Prison Break, we weren’t going to revisit for the sake of revisiting and it just so happens Fox were revisting also – I think it had more to do with the Netflix generation actually. The show has stayed relevant and hasn’t diminished and I think that’s indicative of a classic.”
Wentworth Miller on his resurrection: “I knew my job was to bring my heart and soul every day, to not just tell a story but to tell it well because otherwise why bother? … Michael Schofield lives in me and I think always will, but I’m a different man now, so I have a whole lot of life experience to bring to the table.”
Vaun Willmott: “I wasn’t involved in the original show and Paul Scheuring felt if we were going to do it again it had to feel it was worthy and we came up with an idea that got us all excited. It was really a privilege and an honour to write a couple of episodes. Paul had this amazing bio worked out that took us through the story. You’ve got to do the brothers and you’ve got to do Sara; you know that, but you have to then figure out who else to put in it.”
Inbar Lavi explains Sheba is pretty kick-ass. “I find it very important to give vice to Yemeni people they struggle every day in the midst of a civil war and I feel a huge responsibility to tell that story and we’re very lucky that Fox has been great enough to do that.”