“Orange Is the New Black” has announced when the cast will bid farewell with its seventh and final season which is set to arrive in July. In addition to a slew of first-look images, the Netflix series has unveiled a date announcement video which seemingly hints that the new season will be a tearjerker.
The bittersweet promo features the cast members singing lines to the show’s theme song. Among those who belt out the a capella rendition of Regina Spektor’s “You’ve Got Time” are Uzo Aduba, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mulgrew, Adrienne Moore, Jackie Cruz and Diane Guerrero.
The actors are taking turns singing the lyrics as they are roaming around the show’s set. They trade the original upbeat tone of the song for a somber one, which makes everyone who watches the video feel emotional.
“After seven seasons, it’s time to be released from prison. I will miss all the badass ladies of Litchfield and the incredible crew we’ve worked with,” series creator Jenji Kohan said in a statement after it was revealed that the upcoming seventh season will be its last. “My heart is orange but fade to black.”
In addition to the video, “Orange Is the New Black” offers insights into the final season through a slew of first-look photos. The new images give fans a better look at Piper’s post-Litchfield life as well as how are other characters in the 13-part new season.
Season six ended with Piper getting released from prison and starting her life outside the bars. Piper struggles with life on the outside, while life in Litchfield Max, as corrupt and unjust as ever, goes on without her. Meanwhile, Taytee’s friendship with Cindy still hangs in the balance as her life sentence looms, Gloria and her kitchen staff are confronted by the hard truth of Polycon’s newest profit stream, while others chase drugs or dreams and grapple with the reality of their place in this world.
Season 7 of “Orange Is the New Black” will arrive on Netflix on Friday, July 16.