Orange is the New Black announced via Twitter that this will be their final season. The tweet includes a video of the actresses who have been on the Emmy Award-winning show since 2013 talking about the series, their friendships, and what the 7th and final season has in store. The post proclaims, “Warning: This may make you cry. The Final Season, 2019.”
Kate Mulgrew (Red) says, “I’m going to miss playing and living on the edge of one of the most groundbreaking, original and controversial series of this decade.” When Orange is the New Black exploded onto the scene in 2013, it truly was a phenomenon. Netflix was on the forefront of video streaming and the show was only the third original series to be made by the service (preceded only by House of Cards and Hemlock Grove). But OITNB was revolutionary for other reasons as well. The show delved into race, class, sexuality, and the harsh realities of the justice system while both featuring a largely female cast and being funny.
The first season received 12 Emmy nominations including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. While a change in category rules forced later seasons to be categorized as a drama, the show never lost its unique take on dark humor.
The release date of the final season has not been announced yet, but the actresses promise that the final season will be one to remember. As Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes) says in the video, “Season seven, you will not be disappointed. It is a season you will not forget and we are going to give you everything and more that you could have ever wanted.”
Watch the video here after you grab some tissues.
— Orange Is the New… (@OITNB) October 17, 2018