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The Next Season of “Orange Is the New Black” Will Be Its Last

Time to say goodbye to the ladies of Litchfield.

The rumors are true: Netflix’s groundbreaking original series Orange Is the New Black is ending with Season 7, slated to drop on the streaming service in 2019.

Orange, which premiered in July 2013, was one of Netflix’s first scripted original programs. The Emmy-nominated series followed the journey of queer protagonist Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a privileged woman in her 30s, through her stay at a women’s prison and was lauded for its inclusion of queer women, trans women, and women of color.

The show also helped launch the careers of a handful of acclaimed actresses, including Laverne Cox, Samira Wiley, and Danielle Brooks, to name just a few.

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Above: The ladies of Orange in 2017, including Brooks (far left), Cox (second from left), Wiley (second from right), and Schilling (far right.)

In a statement to TV Line, Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of original content, said the cast, crew, and developers were “sad to say goodbye, but we will definitely be going out on a high: “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. 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.”

Creator Jenji Kohan also offered up a statement: “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.”

Below, watch the cast bid farewell to Orange. (Don’t worry if you’re not caught up—you still won’t want to miss the ladies of Litchfield say goodbye.)

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