"The biggest mistake I made was believing that if I cast a beautiful net, I’d catch only beautiful things."

Prairie Johnson, born as Nina Azarova and known simply as The OA is the protagonist in the Netflix series The OA.


Prairie was adopted by Abel Johnson and Nancy Johnson at a young age. Her mother died when she was born. Raised as Nina, she lived in Russia. She began experiencing strange dreams about being trapped underwater. Later, she and her classmates were on a bus that was attacked by what is believed to be the Russian mafia, which drove off a bridge and into the water. Nina was killed in the accident. In death, she met a spirit guide named Khatun, who gave her the choice to come back to life, but in return, took her sight to protect her from all the terrible things she would witness through the next decade or so of her life. This event would later be recognized as her first NDE (Near Death Experience). After this incident, her birth father Mr. Azarov sent her to America to study at a school for the blind, but died under unknown circumstances. Nina’s custody was given to her aunt, who was involved in prostitution. The Johnsons went one day to adopt a baby, but Nancy Johnson found Nina, already about five years old, and immediately felt a connection. The girl was adopted by the Johnsons, who named her Prairie because of the blue in her eyes.

As a child, Nina (now Prairie) suffered from sleepwalking and night terrors, and strange dreams which caused nosebleeds; because of this Nancy and Abel sought treatment for her and began medicating her heavily.

A few days before her 21st birthday, Prairie ran away from home to see the Statue of Liberty, in New York in search of her father because of a dream she had experienced beforehand. When she doesn't find him, she begins to play violin in the subway station, where she is spotted by Hap, who immediately recognizes her talent as the result of an NDE. He introduces himself as a doctor and anesthesiologist who knows all about NDE's and convinces Prairie to allow him to study and run a few tests on her. Prairie agrees because for the first time, she recognizes what she has experienced as a gift instead of a curse.

He takes her on a plane to his home where he tells her she will sleep downstairs. As Prairie realizes something is wrong, Hap locks the door, and she realizes this is not what she thought. She is kidnapped by Hap and experimented on for seven years. While captive, she falls in love with another one of Hap's captives Homer. Her sight returned to her after her second NDE. She was given the first movement, and named The Original Angel. (OA)


Notes Edit

  1. In a flashback, before she was kidnapped, she stated that she just turned 21. She was missing for 7 years before returning to the town.


The First Five
Homer · Prairie Johnson · Rachel · Renata · Scott Brown
The Second Five
Buck Vu · French · Jesse · Ms Broderick Allen · Steve Winchell
Abel Johnson · Elias Rahim · Hap · Miles Brekov · Mr. Azarov · Nancy Johnson