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Orange is the New Black cast say emotional goodbye as series wraps

Charlie Jones February 28, 2019
Orange is the New Black's Piper and Alex pose for a selfie.

Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling (Piper Chapman and Alex Vause) on a final day of filming Orange is the New Black. (Instagram/Laura Prepon)

The cast of Orange is the New Black are hanging up their prison uniforms and saying goodbye as they prepare for life after prison.

The Emmy award-winning show, which premiered in 2013, finished filming its seventh and final season on Tuesday (26 February).

During its six-year tenure as one of Netflix’s flagship shows, Orange is the New Black has sparked debate on topics such as racial and trans inequality within the justice system and prison reform.

Orange is the New Black cast (Netflix)
Orange is the New Black cast. (Netflix)

Cast and crew of Orange is the New Black share emotional goodbye

As filming concluded, the cast and crew of OITNB have shared emotional images from the set.

Jenji Kohan, who created Orange is the New Black, has been counting down to the final day of filming.

 

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This is it! #Orangefinale #lastday

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On Tuesday, Kohan posted the final countdown, with the caption “This is it!” and picture of Danielle Brooks—who plays Taystee Jefferson—holding a sign that says “That’s a wrap!”

 

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That’s all she wrote… #OITNB #Bye

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Taylor Schilling, who plays the role of Piper Chapman, shared a video on Instagram and said that the end of the show has left her heart “full and achey and so overflowing with gratitude.”

Natasha Lyonne said on Instagram that, “on the last shot, a guttural sound came out of me, like some wounded animal.”

 

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On the last shot, a guttural sound came out of me, like some wounded animal.

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Alysia Reiner—who plays the formidable Natalie “Fig” Figueora—posted a picture with her co-star and character rival Beth Dover, who plays Linda.

Reiner wrote, “We may pretend to hate each other but IRL I couldn’t love u more.”

Beth Dover (who plays Linda Ferguson) wrote that “it has been such a beautiful ride and I’ll be forever grateful to have been a part of this show. Orange fam for lyfe!”

 

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That’s a wrap for me ✝️ What a neat, exciting, enlightening, sometimes traumatic but fantastic 7 year journey we had on a 7 year amazing, life changing show @oitnb A forever experience I shall never forget❤️ A life changing one I will always remember. All the amazing people I worked with and for, all the feelings we shared and all the time spent. This is for anyone I could not share a goodbye with I do not like goodbyes I am off to another loving and loyal job I am so grateful to have had in Hawaii! My good fam @hawaiifive0cbs #aloha!!! I love you and think of me during the wrap party where goodbyes are shared! I Wish my cast mates, crew, Netflix, Lionsgate, New York, and my beloved team and everyone’s teams for seeing the potential in the show and for winning! I wish a beautiful life and future for all! I Really love you all! Thank you from the bottom of my ❤️ #7 #oitnb #netflix #lionsgate #actor #god Maybe one day my cast mates will like my photos and invite me out if I get to be as cool! ❤️

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Came through to say “Bye”and give some love. #wheresDascha #Daschawashere #oitnb #netflix

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Uzo Aduba, the only actor ever to win an Emmy in both comedy and drama categories for the same role for playing Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, shared an emotional post.

She tweeted, “OITNB changed my life and the lives of so many people who worked on and watched our show. It gave us the space to just be ourselves.”

Orange is the New Black’s Twitter account shared photos from the final days on set.

Another tweet said:

Orange is the New Black: the final season

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Lyonne, who plays Nicky—and now stars in her own Netflix show Russian Doll—promised a “satisfying” ending.

Brooks tweeted that the penultimate episode of the final season “f***ed” her up and warned there would be “surprises” in store.

Taylor Schilling—who plays Piper Chapman—told The Hollywood Reporter that it was the right time for the show to wind down.

“I don’t feel like any stone is left unturned,” said the Netflix star.

She said Orange is the New Black “did what it came to do. And now, in the Trump era, there are new stories to tell.”

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