Today, Orange is the New Black season 7 is premiering on Netflix … and it is also going to be the end of the road at Netflix.
So why aren’t we getting more of the series? Why end things now while the series is still popular? The simple answer is this — it’s better for a show to end its run before the story gets stale.
It was years ago when Netflix first renewed Orange is the New Black through season 7 and while it may have been official at the time, we highly suspect that there were long plans for season 7 to be the end of the road. Shows get more expensive as they go along and traditionally, shows also have a hard time continuing to be anywhere near as strong the longer that they run. This is why other iconic shows like Mad Men and The Sopranos ended in a spot where they could’ve done more, but they decided that they were better off shutting things down.
The fact that Orange is the New Black lasted as long as it did is rather remarkable in itself. The majority of shows on Netflix don’t have a tendency to last this long. The streaming service seems to have a model of ordering four or five seasons of most of their shows before moving on to the next big thing. They operate on constant diversification of their portfolio and they don’t need to rely on one big show in the way that a lot of major television networks do.
The legacy of Orange is the New Black is already clear — not only is it one of this generation’s best gender-bending shows, but it also offered up a different perspective on the prison system in America than many people were likely aware of. Maybe it helped in a lot of ways to alleviate some of the stigma and show humanity for people on the inside — and also speak in some way to prison reform. It’s a high-quality show that will also be able to hold on to its reputation for years to come.
We don’t foresee anyone coming back and doing an Orange is the New Black season 8 at any point in the near future … but it is still fun to think about.
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This article was written by Jessica Carter. Be sure to follow her on Twitter. (Photo: Netflix.)