Orange is the New Black star Laura Prepon has revealed the Netflix prison drama is set to end with its seventh season.
Laura Prepon, who plays Alex Vause, told The Hollywood Reporter, “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 [co-star Taylor Schilling]. 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?’”
“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… 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.”
In the season six finale, Alex finally tied the knot with Piper, played by Taylor Schilling, who was released from Litchfield.
Schilling previously said she was “getting ready” to exit the show.
“It certainly is an end of an era. 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,” she told the Hollywood Reporter earlier this month.
“I’m excited to let Piper go and put her to rest beautifully, as I’m sure Jenji 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.”
Last month, fans of Australian prison drama Wentworth began petitioning Foxtel to save the show after reports the show would wrap up after its own seventh season airs next year.