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