Streaming giant Netflix has confirmed that the upcoming seventh season of Orange Is the New Black will be the series last.
The cast of the series broke the news in a video posted on Orange Is the New Black’s official Twitter page.
— Orange Is the New… (@OITNB) October 17, 2018
Speaking to Variety, series creator Jenji Kohan said, “After seven seasons, it’s time to be released from prison.”
“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,” Kohan added.
Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison the series has received widespread acclaim and controversy since its premiere in 2013, garnering multiple Emmy nominations and back-to-back wins for Aduba in 2014 and 2015.
The critically-acclaimed dramedy initially followed the inmates of Litchfield Minimum Security Prison, with Season 6 seeing many of the main cast move to the Maximum Security facility often mentioned in the series.
The series stars Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C Moore, Elizabeth Rodriguez Michael Harney and Nick Sandow.
The seventh season of OITNB is expected to premiere in summer 2019.