This story contains spoilers for the first six seasons of Orange Is the New Black.
It's been six years since Orange Is the New Black took Netflix by storm. The series is one of the streaming platform’s most popular original programs, is an awards-show juggernaut, and has been a pop culture force since its debut in 2013. And now we know that it's coming to an end: Season 7 will be the show's last.
Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name, the series has followed Piper Chapman, a well-to-do woman who is sent to prison for a 10-years-prior drug trafficking crime, as she navigates the criminal justice system. Her upper-class, WASP lifestyle is challenged by the women around around her who expose her to worldviews far beyond her own.
For six seasons, Piper and her fellow Litchfield Penitentiary inmates have gone through the rigamarole of prison life, from abusive situations with guards to romantic personal relationships to pregnancies to addiction to police brutality. All of Season 5 was dedicated to a police riot at Litchfield after Poussey was murdered by a guard, with Season 6 a return to the show’s normal structural form, though focused on the fallout of the riot.
Given the circumstances of the Season 6 finale (more on that in a minute), it looks like Season 7 will follow in Season 5's footsteps and experiment with form, now with an eye on offering resolution to the characters' story arcs. Here’s everything we know about Orange Is the New Black Season 7, and though we may be in the dark about the resolution, rest assured that creator Jenji Kohan has already conceived of an ending.