As far as sci-fi TV shows go, it's hard to find something completely fresh and original. Still, BBC America really broke new ground with the premiere of its clone-centric drama Orphan Black in 2013. The show stars Tatiana Maslany as Sarah, whose life is thrown into chaos when she witnesses the suicide of a woman identical to her. As the show has progresses, Sarah meets more and more clones of herself, and the women must work together to protect one another from their nefarious creators. Maslany earned a much-deserved Emmy last year for her performances on the show.
Sadly, as the adage goes, all good things must come to an end. BBC America announced last year that the show's fifth season would be its last. While it will be tough to say goodbye to Sarah and the gang, fans are itching to see what will come of the show's explosive season 4 finale, which left the fates of some fan-favorite characters hanging in the balance. BBC America is gearing up for the show's final season, the premiere date for which has now been officially revealed.
The official Orphan Black Twitter account announced the show's final series premiere this morning through a mysterious tweet, calling season 5 "the Final Trip." According to the post, the fifth season will premier June 10. Check out the announcement, complete with GIF poster, below.
— Orphan Black (@OrphanBlack) February 7, 2017
This information hardly tells us much about the upcoming season - other than that it will be the show's last - but that's definitely Sarah in the poster, and the inversion from black to white could signal an ominous turn for the series protagonist. When we last left her, Sarah had an intense confrontation with the series' main antagonist, and her fate now hangs in the balance.
Here's hoping that, while this may be the last season for Orphan Black, it won't be the last season for Sarah or any of her seestras. While the likelihood of a major character death increases exponentially for any show's final run, it would be a shame to see any of these women perish after all they've done for each other. Fans are especially on edge about sick clone Cosima, as her death would mean the downfall of yet another beloved lesbian character. That said, the writers have a difficult task ahead of them, if they're going to try to wrap up all of the show's conflicts in just ten episodes.
Hopefully, Orphan Black will go out in style, with its signature thoughtful storytelling and heart-wrenching character arcs. All that's left to see is whether or not this Final Trip will leave fans feeling nostalgic, riled up, or just plain disappointed -- or perhaps a mixture of the three.
Orphan Black returns to BBC America June 10 at 10 p.m. EST.
Source: BBC America