Here’s Where ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Got Its Name

Brace yourselves. The time has come to say goodbye to the ladies of Litchfield.

On July 26, Netflix released the seventh and final season of its hit series, Orange Is the New Black, concluding its six-year run. While the finale brought closure to a series of storylines, lots of questions remain, like how the show got its name in the first place. 

Cast and crew of "Orange Is the New Black"
Cast and Crew of “Orange Is the New Black” | Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Orange Is the New Black is based on a book

The prison drama is based on the real experiences of Piper Kerman. In the show, Kerman is known as Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling).

In 2010, Kerman published a memoir of the same name. The show isn’t a docudrama, but the premise of the series is similar to Kerman’s experience: She met a woman who turned her on to drug smuggling, but it eventually catches up to her. She ends up pleading guilty to drug smuggling and money laundering before being sentenced to prison.

Why Orange Is the New Black is ending

As they say, all things must come to an end, and it looks like it’s about that time for the hit Netflix series.

“After seven seasons, it’s time to be released from prison. I will miss all the bada** ladies of Litchfield and the incredible crew we’ve worked with,” show creator Jenji Kohan said in an October 2018 statement (via Deadline). “My heart is orange but fade to black.”

Actress Beth Dover, who plays the controversial Linda Ferguson, elaborated on the decision to end the show in a July 16 interview with PopCulture.com, telling the site, “It just felt like the right time.”

“I think Jenji always wanted seven seasons. You wrap it up in seven, and as much as I’d love to keep doing this forever and ever, it just felt like the right time to do it,” Dover explained.

But don’t get too down about it. There’s a chance the show could get a sequel series. Lionsgate TV Group chairman Kevin Beggs told The Hollywood Reporter in November 2018 that Lionsgate is considering one, but that the timing has to be “right.”

Season 7 is wild

We’re not going to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it, but there’s a lot going on in Season 7. As you probably know, Season 6 ended with Chapman’s release from prison, and now she has to transition back into society. But it’s not that easy. She makes copies in an office, meets with a probation officer for drug tests, and struggles to make friends.

Meanwhile, the ladies of Litchfield Penitentiary are dealing with the rigamarole of prison life. Some are dealing with recent verdicts, feuds, loss, and more. Chapman’s wife, Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) even appears to be struggling with something. One scene from the trailer shows Vause fighting back tears while talking to Chapman. “It’s good to see you,” she tells Chapman through tears.

Again, Season 7 is available now. So grab your popcorn and your tissues, and get ready for one final dose of drama.