Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman in "Orange Is The New Black"
photo: Netflix

After six years and seven seasons the series that sparked binge-watching is coming to a close.

Orange Is The New Black was the first show to drop an entire season at once, thus inventing binge-watching, and pioneered television for its authentic representation of various identities. It also introduced the iconic Laverne Cox, who has become a role model for women and transgender people. Fans of the show have fallen in love with the characters and the relationships among them at Litchfield Prison. 

The final season is sure to be an epic conclusion that wraps up storylines that have been touched on since the very beginning. One of which Piper Chapman's adjustment to life in the real world after completing her sentencing.

Fans took to Twitter after the trailer aired to convey their distress and sadness at the long-running show's end. 

Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) dives into quite possibly her biggest challenge yet: adjusting to the real world after a little more than a year of prison time. 

Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman in "Orange Is The New Black"
photo: Netflix

The protagonist of the series is based on real-life Piper Kerman, the author of the book that inspired the show. The final episode of the latest season is titled, "Be Free," which is appropriate considering the seventh season focuses on Chapman's life outside of the prison walls. In the last episode that aired, Chapman was let out on early release in a surprising plot twist. 

Her release came as a stark contrast to her two fellow non-white inmates; Taystee Jefferson (Danielle Brooks) was charged for a crime she didn't commit, and Blanca Flores (Laura Gomez) was transferred to an immigration detention center. 

A part of the focus in this season will be the relationship between Chapman and Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) who is still in Litchfield. 

Chapman leaves behind her new wife Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), who still has four years left of her prison sentence, as she begins life again as a free woman. Their (illegitimate) marriage took place in the prison during season six. They have had their ups and downs, as Vause was one of the reasons that Chapman landed in Litchfield in the first place, but have remained a couple on and off couple through it all. 

In one scene from the trailer Chapman visits Vause in the prison and the two share a sweet moment through the glass barrier. Fans could already feel tears starting to fall, "I'm gonna have a breakdown about this forever," one person replied on Twitter. The OITNB Twitter account wrote back, "VAUSEMAN STANS 4 LIFE."

The mythological prison chicken is back, and this time it's Suzanne Warren (Uzo Aduba) who has spotted it. 

Suzanne Warren Uzo Aduba in "Orange Is The New Black"
photo: Netflix

One character arc that gets a final goodbye is that of the Litchfield Chicken. In season one Piper Chapman spots a chicken that impossibly broke through the fence, and inmates go off on a wild goose hunt to capture the chicken for various reasons — to cook, because it could have drug or candy in it, or just to prove everyone wrong. It was spotted a few more times in season three as well albeit as less of a plot point. 

Based on this scene from the trailer, it looks like the inmates will finally get their answers about the existence of the chicken, or at least Warren does. 

Suzanne Warren is known for her wild thoughts and has already voiced one of the most quotable lines of the season. 

"What is it you really want?" Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) asks her fellow inmate at the cafeteria. "Ice cream.... and justice." Warren says. The line comes off as a joke but is rooted in some serious elements that the final season plans to tackle about criminal justice reform, immigration laws, and as always race and gender issues. 

One person replied to the trailer on Twitter, "i want ice cream and justice too." And, the show's account wrote back, "That's all we ever want!"

Saying goodbye to the show that's been running for six years will be a tough goodbye, and most fans are simply not ready. 

The OITNB Twitter account shared this gif from the trailer of all of the characters giving each other love and hugs after one user replied, "I need a hug after this."

Piper Chapman already spent her final moments in prison in the season six finale, but now she will have to face the outside world. The show's creators wanted to focus on Chapman's growth as a character in the upcoming ultimate season.  

The writer for the season six finale, Brian Chamberlayne, told The Hollywood Reporter, "That was really important to me, to Jenji and to the room that we did her a service by portraying her final moments in prison properly. Piper’s story in the finale, especially, and over the course of the season was the one that we honed the most in on to make sure that we were doing justice to her time in prison and showing exactly what she learned and how she’s grown — that she’s not that same person that walked in those prison doors."

What do you do when you finish a season of OITNB? You go back and watch it all over again. 

OITNB began in 2013 as one of Netflix's first original series and the very first show to air every episode of a season at one time. So when one fan asked how they'd go on without any new episodes, the show's Twitter account had a poignant response. 

The Twitter user wrote, "tell me what am i supposed to do after this." And, the show's account replied, "Watch it again!"

The trailer dropped one month ahead of the show's July 26 release. Get tissues ready now. 

A part of what Chapman faces on the outside, according to the trailer, is a prejudice she never had to deal with before. Of course, the parallel to Chapman's struggles on the outside is the even greater issues that the characters of colors are facing on the inside. 

Chamberlayne told The Hollywood Reporter that was a purposeful decision, "This contrast of her fish-out-of-water story, which is for minorities and people who are underprivileged classes, that’s constant. That’s the world that they inhabit every day. It was important to all of us to make sure that we highlighted that."