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‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 3: Pablo Schreiber’s Pornstache Not Appearing?

Orange is the New Black Season 3 Pornstache Pablo Schreiber Mendoza

Those who have finished binging their way through ‘Orange is the New Black‘ season 2 by now (and if you haven’t, get on it) were dismayed to find that some of their favorite characters only put in limited appearances. And while we’ve overwhelmingly heard of Litchfield ladies upped to series regular, it seems at least one cast member present from the beginning may only put in a minor appearance, if any.

You’re warned of major spoilers for the duration of ‘Orange is the New Black’ season 2 from here on out, but it seems Pablo Schreiber’s George “Pornstache” Mendez’s brief, if memorable appearance in season 2 may in fact be the last we see of the character for awhile. Speaking to Vulture, Schreiber cast doubt on making appearances in season 3, owing to his regular role on HBO’s ‘The Brink,’ and ostensibly the character’s fate at the end of season 2.

There is a bit of good news at least, as while Mendez is off doing time for his (framed) role in Daya’s pregnancy, Schreiber confirmed that Mary Steenburgen will indeed fill the void as Mendez’s mother:

I’m a series regular now on a show called The Brink on HBO. But his mother is making an appearance on season three. Mary Steenburgen has been cast as my mom. I’m not sure what she’ll do that will advance the Pornstache plotline, but for now, Mendez is in prison, biding his time. Spoiler alert!

Elsewhere, Yael Stone (Morello) has become the latest in an increasing number of castmates formally upped to series regular for season 3, following Dascha Polenko (Daya), Samira Wiley (Poussey), Selenis Leyva (Gloria), Nick Sandow (Joe Caputo) and Adrienne C. Moore (Black Cindy). Laura Prepon too will return full-time, despite her somewhat handicapped presence in the second season, appearing in every season 3 episode.

Schreiber even joked that Steenburgen’s role as his mother might, as Vulture suggested, lend itself to seeking custody of Daya’s baby, but it remains to be seen if we’ll encounter Mama Pornstache wearing black, or potentially even orange. What do you think? Are you upset we won’t see very much of Mendez next season? Check out a spoilery season 2 recap below, and tell us what you want from ‘Orange is the New Black’ season 3 in the comments!

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