Since it first premiered in 2013, Orphan Black has garnered plenty of devotion from critics and fans of the sci-fi series alike. The show stars Tatiana Maslany as a number of women who learn they are clones created in a genetics experiment who, along with friends and family, attempt to unravel the mystery behind their creators. Sarah Manning leads the Clone Club consisting of suburban mother Alison Hendrix, microbiologist Cosima Niehaus, and former assassin Helena – though more clones are introduced throughout the four seasons.
Orphan Black is currently gearing up to conclude the show’s fourth season – with the finale trailer teasing dangerous consequences for the Clone Club. Now, BBC America and Canada’s Space have renewed Orphan Black for another year of adventures with Maslany’s band of clones.
Variety is reporting Orphan Black has been renewed for a fifth season that will consist of 10 episodes (the same episode order as its previous four seasons) and air in 2017. Additionally, the fifth season will be Orphan Black’s last, and wrap up the storyline of Sarah and her investigation into the clones.
Though fans of the beloved sci-fi drama may be disappointed to hear Orphan Black will wrap up after only five seasons, co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson have had a five-year story arc in mind for some time now. In 2015, Fawcett spoke to E! News about their over-arching plan for Orphan Black:
“The series is mapped to a large degree, in that there is always room to move and work organically, but we are working towards a five season story. We will arrive at some kind of end destination by the end of season five.”
Of course, Fawcett’s comment back then seemed to hint that Orphan Black could continue on after the conclusion of their initial story – or, at least, he wasn’t ready to close the door on the show after season 5. But, now it seems the network and the creators are looking to end the series on a high note with the storyline they had previously mapped out.
Certainly, as Orphan Black has developed over its first four seasons, the show has delved into a number of different organizations with the clones’ investigation into Project Leda, such as the Dyad Institute, Project Castor, the Proletheans, and Neolution to name a few. Season 4, for its part, has been somewhat of a return to the basics, with Sarah looking deeper into Beth Child’s decision to kill herself – which was the inciting incident for the entire series.
But, with so many different aspects of the cloning project having been explored already in Orphan Black, it remains to be seen how season 5 will continue to develop the mystery and wrap up all the series’ overarching themes and story threads. However, with Fawcett and Manson already having an idea of where the show was headed, fans can rest assured Orphan Black’s twisting sci-fi narrative is in capable hands.
Orphan Black season 4 concludes with ‘From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths’ on June 16th, 2016 at 10pm on BBC America. Season 5 is expected to premiere in 2017.