When Orange Is the New Black premiered on Netflix in 2013, it gave voice to the largest, most diverse cast of characters in TV history. After seven seasons, Jenji Kohan’s series based on Piper Kerman’s memoir comes to a close beginning in July. And the final season trailer just dropped.
Last season saw the women of Litchfield Penitentiary moved to a maximum security facility down the road after the riots of season 5, and all bets were off in terms of alliances. In season 7, Danielle Brooks’s Taystee is fighting for her life on the inside while Taylor Schilling’s Piper adjusts to life after prison while the love of her life, Alex (Laura Prepon), is still behind bars.
Beyond those major stories, the trailer doesn’t give away much, except that Suzanne encounters a chicken that is an allusion to a magical episode in season 1. But the trailer does flash back to the early days of the series with its emphasis on how groundbreaking it was in terms of telling stories about women, LGBTQ people, and people of color.
Red (Kate Mulgrew), Nicky (Natasha Lyonne), Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore), Suzanne (Uzo Aduba), Gloria (Selenis Leyva), Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning), Daya (Dascha Polanco), Morello (Yael Stone), Maria (Jessica Pimentel), and more of the original cast are back to close out the series.
Orange Is the New Black’s final season premieres July 27 on Netflix.