ORPHAN BLACK’s final season will hit television in 2017.
It’s a bit of news that Orphan Black fans were expecting, but still dreading: The wild clone-based sci-fi drama will get a fifth season, but it will be the show’s last, according to a recent statement from BBC America.
— BBC America (@BBCAMERICA) June 16, 2016
The thriller stars the very talented Tatiana Maslany as a slew of unique clones set to unlock the mysteries behind their origin, the powerful organizations that threaten their existence, and their strange genetic flaws that could be the difference between life and death. It also stars Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun, Kevin Hanchard, Ari Millen, and Josh Vokey, among others.
Orphan Black creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson have said for a long time that they originally envisioned the show as having a five-season story arc, but fans still hoped they’d be willing to stretch it out a little more. Unfortunately, the show suffered a brutal ratings drop in the fourth season, which may have contributed to the decision to wrap up the original schedule on time.
“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,” said Fawcett and Manson.
The Season 4 finale of Orphan Black airs tonight, before which the cast will take part of a live Twitter Q&A from 9pm to 10pm EST using the hashtag #AskOB.