Orange is the New Black star Laura Prepon says show is set to end with Season 7
Orange is the New Black star Laura Prepon has revealed the show might end with Season 7.
Laura Prepon, who plays lesbian character Alex Vause on the Netflix drama, dropped the bomb in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
In the interview, the star was reflecting on the tumultuous finale to Season 6, which saw her character finally tie the knot with Piper (Taylor Schilling).
Schilling had already hinted she is planning an imminent exit after her character Piper was released from prison, but Prepon has now revealed it may be about to end entirely.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, she said: “The endgame is there. As of now, season seven is our last season. So, the endgame is clear.
“But the reason that it bums me out, obviously, is because I love working with Taylor. She and I love working together. We’ve been working together for six, seven years now and she’s a wonderful scene partner.
“We were just together the other day and she was saying, ‘This sucks. I’m out of prison. When am I going to do scenes with you!'”
Prepon added: “Seven years is a long time, especially now. For a show to run this long is rare with all the different streamers and shows pulling the audience in all different directions (…) so to be on [a] show that has made that kind of tread of seven years is incredible.
“To be on a show that has paralleled so many things going on in the world, to be a part of that and to raise awareness in different ways — you really just have to look at the beauty and positivity of it.
“Will it be sad? Of course. But we have to look at how fortunate it was for us to be a part of, because this show really was lightning in a bottle. It’s the first time anything like it was made. Sometimes you get these shows and they are lightning in a bottle and they’re so fantastic, and you just hang on and go for the ride. You just live it and be it, and it’s an incredible experience.
“I don’t know if I can say that I’m prepared for the end, but I’ve been doing this for a long time and I know that there’s always going to be more after that. It will just be different. Orange is its own special thing, and I’m so happy that I get to be a part of it.”
The show has not currently been renewed beyond its seventh season, whereas Netflix has previously announced multi-season orders for the show well ahead of time.
It has been rumoured that the show will conclude next season for some time, with season six wrapping up many long-running storylines.
In a separate interview recently, Schilling said she was “getting ready to say goodbye” to the show.
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She said: “Orange has been such a huge chapter in my life, personally and professionally. I’m so grateful to have been able to play this part of Piper.
“I’m excited to let Piper go and put her to rest beautifully, as I’m sure Jenji [Kohan, creator of OITNB] will do, and let her kind of live on in her own world, when that time comes.
“As her time at Litchfield is coming to an end, it’s just about reflecting upon how grateful I am to have participated in something that has brought so much visibility to the prison system in our country.
“How much needs to be fixed, how much is broken and how no one is immune from its reach, but there are certainly particular populations of people in this country that are being used and abused in ways that need a voice.
“So I’m really grateful that that’s an element of this show, because it feels like it’s given me a platform for my own activism. Moving forward, there’s a lot to be grateful for.”