That’s a wrap, folks! Fans grew to love Netflix’s Emmy-winning series Orange Is The New Black, but sadly it will be coming to an end after the upcoming seventh season in 2019. The streaming network made the announcement about the hit dramedy on Oct. 17.
So, why is OITNB ending? “After seven seasons, it’s time to be released from prison,” Series Creator Jenji Kohan explained. “I will miss all the badass ladies of Litchfield and the incredible crew we’ve worked with. My heart is orange but fade to black.” It’s a very bittersweet time for those involved in the Lionsgate-produced series as Vice President of Original Content for Netflix Cindy Holland explained, “During production of Season 1, everyone involved with Orange Is The New Black felt like we knew a special secret we couldn’t wait to share with the world.”
— Orange Is the New… (@OITNB) October 17, 2018
“Since then, we have laughed, cried, raged, and roared with the women of Litchfield, and every moment spent with them felt like borrowed time — too good to last forever,” Cindy continued. “We will be sad to say good-bye but we will definitely be going out on a high. We are grateful to Jenji Kohan and her groundbreaking vision; to her supremely talented team of writers and producers; and to a once-in-a-lifetime cast and crew for creating a truly special work of art that has inspired conversations and connected audiences around the world.”
Several of the stars said their good-byes in a video, gushing over how much fun they had while filming. Uzo Aduba, who played Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, revealed, “I’m so grateful for the fun times, the knowledge, the friendships, the love, the family that we created.” Laura Prepon, aka Alex Vause on the hit show, even assured followers, “But the one thing is our relationships will continue after the show.” Taylor Schilling, who played Piper Chapman, also thanked fans for their support. On the plus side, they promised that viewers are in for the best season yet, so get ready!