It's been some time now since the most recent season of Wentworth ended, but fans are still reeling from the finale's event.
Viewers of the Australian prison drama have been desperate for any news on the show's fifth season following the death of Bea Smith, after Joan 'The Freak' Ferguson played by Pamela Rabe stabbed her with a screwdriver.
The season' second episode also featured a murder. Joan injected Bea's girlfriend Allie with class A-drug and was supposedly dead, but the finale showed Allie waking up at the exact moment the Freak was stabbing Bea.
Despite speculation and fan theories on how Bea could have possibly survived the attack, Wentworth's producers have confirmed that she will not be coming back to the Foxtel program.
"It is always an incredibly difficult decision to say farewell to a much-loved and revered character like Bea Smith," Wentworth's Executive Producer, Jo Porter confirmed in a statement.
"Which is why this storyline has had such a huge impact on us all and we are sure fans will feel the same. This decision was particularly hard as it meant also saying goodbye to Danielle Cormack."
"Danielle is a magnificent actor, her powerful, brave and nuanced performance has been acknowledged with awards and accolades from fans and critics worldwide and I hope that I am lucky enough to work with her again," Porter said. "We will be forever indebted to Danielle for bringing Bea Smith to life in the first four seasons ofWentworth."
Sources claim that the producers deliberately wrote Bea Smith character out of the show for dramatic purposes, not because the character's actress Danielle Cormack wanted to leave the series.
"Wentworth has built a reputation for risk-taking, high emotion and bold storytelling, and once again, the season four finale proves no one is safe," the statement continued.
"As producers, it is always our intention to keep audiences guessing and on the edge of their seats. While the shoes of Bea Smith will be hard to fill, with the start of season five the gates of Wentworth Correctional Facility will again open to a raft of potential new stories and characters."
There is still room for speculation as the show's storyline has proven to be really unpredictable.