Good news and bad news for Orphan Black fans: The Tatiana Maslany-led series is coming back for season 5 next year, but that’ll be its last batch of episodes.
BBC America announced Thursday that Orphan Black season 5 will also be a farewell tour for the show. The final 10 episodes will air in 2017.
Sarah Barnett, President of BBC AMERICA, stated in a press release, “Orphan Black is a thrilling, genre-bending ride that has captured our fans’ imaginations and hearts like no other show. Our genius team of actors, writers and producers have, time after time, taken us to a place of awe, delight and utter shock and surprise. Tatiana has been and continues to be a complete revelation, hers is one of the most remarkable performances on television, and she is joined by an extraordinary cast. We can’t wait to take our incredibly passionate audience on one final gobsmacking clone adventure.”
Co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson added: “We are excited to deliver an epic conclusion to the tale of Sarah and her clone sisters. The past four seasons have been a phenomenal adventure and we are eternally grateful to our loyal fans who have loved the twists and thrills of our weird little show. We are thankful to our partners at Temple Street, and to BBC AMERICA and Space for their support and giving us the opportunity to end on a high.”
“When we embarked upon this journey with John and Graeme, we knew we had something special on our hands, but didn’t imagine how deeply it would resonate with audiences and the worldwide acclaim it would receive. We are truly in awe of Tatiana who, each season, pulls off the impossible and brings each clone and their unique personalities to life in an extraordinarily captivating way,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Executive Producers of Orphan Black and Co-Presidents of Boat Rocker Studios.
The Orphan Black season 4 finale airs tonight on BBC America. It’ll be a bittersweet finale in light of today’s news.
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Now that showrunners know this’ll be the last season, they can make sure they send the series out on a high note.