"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 until she had her first NDE. Khatun took her sight to protect her from all the terrible things she would witness through the next decade or so of her life. Her birth father Mr. Azarov had sent her to America to study at a school for the blind but died on unknown circumstances. Her custody was given to her aunt, who happened to have a whore house. The Johnson's went one day to adopt a baby, but Nancy found Nina and immediately felt a connection. The girl was adopted by the Johnson's, who named her Prairie because of the blue in her eyes.

As a child, Nina 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. Although she doesn't find him, she meets a doctor and anesthesiologist who introduces himself as Hap. Interestingly, he knows all about NDE's (Near Death Experiences) and convinces Prairie to allow him to study and run a "'few"' tests on her.

Abruptly deciing to go with Hap, 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

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