After seven years, “Prison Break” is returning to FOX for its fifth season, and the revival will see Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) escaping from a Middle Eastern prison with the help of his brother, Lincoln (Dominic Burrows) and former wife, Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies).
Ahead of the revival’s premiere, show creator Paul Scheuring spoke with Entertainment Weekly to preview the new season, saying that season 5 was inspired by one of the most famous epics in history “The Odyssey.”
“It’s ultimately a story about somebody coming back to life,” said Scheuring.
In the TV movie “The Final Break,” which served as the series finale of “Prison Break” in 2009, Michael sacrificed himself to save Sara and their unborn child. Michael reasoned with Sara and Lincoln, saying that he doesn’t have much time to live anyway since his tumor came back and it’s malignant. In a final video message to his loved ones, Michael asked his brother to look after Sara and their child, and he also asked Sara to keep an eye on Lincoln.
“The emotional heart of it is that he left behind a wife and a son he’s never seen before,” said Scheuring, adding that the story was very much like “The Odyssey.” The show creator revealed that he took his inspiration literally as in both tales, the heroes use the assumed name Outis and resurface after seven years in the foreign land of Ogygia, attempting to get home.
In the fifth season of “Prison Break,” Ogygia is the name of the prison where Michael has been imprisoned for the past four years, and his assumed name is Kaniel Outis. According to EW, Michael has been branded a terrorist with ties to ISIS, but the terrorist organization won’t be the season’s sole big bad. In keeping with “The Odyssey” theme, Michael will also run into a Cyclops and Poseidon.
“Prison Break” season 5 returns to FOX in 2017.