Piper will come back.
Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) was finally released from prison in the Season 6 finale. Orange Is the New Black is prominently focused on Piper, which may lead you to wonder what the show might look like without her. But worry not, because Piper will be back, and her release is an opportunity for the series to expand.
"[Showrunner Jenji Kohan] wanted to be able to tell stories about post-prison," writer Brian Chamberlayne told The Hollywood Reporter about the Piper twist. "It wasn't just a season-six end, it was partially about getting into the arc of where Piper goes. It's about what is significant about the criminal justice system and what is significant about Piper's story and journey, so there's plenty to be told."
"In my mind, it feels like our Piper has sort of been an Alice in Wonderland, and now she's somersaulting out of that world," said executive producer Tara Herrmann.
Though she'll return for Season 7, that might be the last time we see Piper, since Taylor Schilling has hinted she's "getting ready to say goodbye" to the character. "It's a very kind of surreal time," Schilling told THR. "It's as surreal as it was when the thing came out of the gate and was so powerful those first few seasons. It's equally as surreal now to be ending it all."