Orange Is the New Black (season 7)
|Orange Is the New Black (season 7)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original release||July 26, 2019|
The seventh and final season of the American comedy-drama television series Orange Is the New Black premiered on Netflix on July 26, 2019, at 12:00 am PDT in multiple countries. It consists of thirteen episodes, each between 55 and 89 minutes. The series is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. The series was created and adapted for television by Jenji Kohan.
The season chronicles Piper's life after being released contrasted against the experiences of other prisoners, some of whom now reside in immigration detention centers.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Featured character(s)||Original release date|
|79||1||"Beginning of the End"||Michael Trim||Jenji Kohan||Piper||July 26, 2019|
Piper struggles to adapt to life after Litchfield. Alex promises to keep her nose clean. Daddy's infidelity angers Daya who accidently kills Daddy with an overdose of fentanyl as revenge.
Flashback: Piper's life before prison is explored.
|80||2||"Just Desserts"||Andrew McCarthy||Brian Chamberlayne||McCullough||July 26, 2019|
Piper earns her keep by babysitting. Aleida pressures Hopper to go for a promotion. Random drug searches put the heat on Alex. Daya gets an offer.
Flashback: McCullough struggles to fit in with her fellow soldiers.
|81||3||"And Brown is the New Orange"||Constantine Makris||Vera Santamaria||Blanca||July 26, 2019|
Tamika becomes the new warden. Blanca reunites with Maritza at the ICE facility. Suzanne tries to mend Taystee and Black Cindy's relationship. Gloria helps Red after being released from SHU. Tamika starts to make changes as the new warden, starting with prison transfers.
Flashback: Blanca gets her green card and celebrates with Diablo. Blanca covers up the hit and run of the elderly woman she cared for. When Diablo visited Blanca at the facility, he was arrested by ICE.
|82||4||"How to Do Life"||Andrew McCarthy||Merritt Tierce||Gloria||July 26, 2019|
Piper goes to work for her dad. A desperate Taystee asks Daya for a favor. Caputo leads a restorative justice class.
Flashback: Before she moved to New York, Gloria chose to leave her daughters in Puerto Rico, promising that they will be together eventually. When the time comes for Gloria's daughters to relocate, they refuse.
|83||5||"Minority Deport"||Laura Prepon||Anthony Natoli||Aleida||July 26, 2019|
Aleida tries to keep her teen daughter out of trouble and ends up violating her probation. Piper and Cal shed their responsibilities for a day. Blanca navigates the legal system. Red starts to become forgetful. Maritza is deported to Colombia.
Flashback: In her teenage years, Aleida dealt with many predatory men.
|84||6||"Trapped in an Elevator"||Nick Sandow||Heather Jeng Bladt||Maria||July 26, 2019|
Taystee takes advantage of her new position. Maria receives news about her daughter. Fig teaches Tamika how to pivot. Black Cindy and Maria make amends to the people they've hurt. Piper starts attending NA meetings as a consequence of her tampering with her drug test due to smoking pot. A scandal breaks about Caputo. Black Cindy gets released.
Flashback: Prior to her arrest, Maria planned to leave Yadriel. After her arrest, Maria and Yadriel solidify their relationship whens she tells him she is pregnant.
|85||7||"Me as Well"||Ludovic Littee||Tami Sagher||Pennsatucky||July 26, 2019|
Piper plays the field. Caputo tries to get ahead of a scandal. Daya sends Taystee on a mission to retrieve her phone that was taken during a sweep. Nicky finds romance with one of the ICE detainees. Suzanne gives a journal to Taystee explaining what happened the night Piscatella died. Tamika finds the journal after Tasytee tried to throw it out. Pennsatucky fails her GED practice test. Her teacher is able to determine that she has dyslexia and recommends she get a tutor.
Flashback: When Pennsatucky reunites with her father, she becomes subject to his ridicule. Unknown to either of them, she exhibits signs of dyslexia.
|86||8||"Baker's Dozen"||Nick Sandow||Kirsa Rein||Red||July 26, 2019|
Neri takes Piper on a wilderness retreat. Taystee tutors Pennsatucky. Suzanne tends to the chicken coop. Nicky has a difficult conversation with Red.
Flashback: With her rising status in the Russian mob, Red befriends a young man who ends up dead because of her advice.
|87||9||"The Hidey Hole"||Natasha Lyonne||Hilary Weisman Graham||Lorna||July 26, 2019|
Competition forces Daya to find a new mule. Piper decides to come out as a felon. Karla asks to leave for a custody hearing. Shani confides in Nicky.
Flashback: On a night out, Lorna suffers a break up then accidentally causes the death of two of her friends.
|88||10||"The Thirteenth"||Erin Feeley||Merritt Tierce||Alex||July 26, 2019|
While Piper reconnects with Larry and Polly, Alex revisits her own romantic history. Linda puts Tamika on notice. Caputo owns up to his own misdeeds.
Flashback: The aftermath of key moments of Piper and Alex's relationship are seen from Alex's perspective.
|89||11||"God Bless America"||Diego Velasco||Carolina Paiz||Karla, Shani & Santos||July 26, 2019|
Maria tries to make peace with Gloria. Karla and Blanca plead their cases. Karla is deported back to El Salvador. Figueroa secretly stands up to Litvack. Piper runs into Sophia. Sophia helps Piper prepare as she attends a posh fundraiser with Zelda. Lorna is going to be transferred to Florida because of her breakdown. Nicky feels guilty for not being there for Lorna and Red and tries to stop the transfer. Aleida tips off the guards about Daya's hiding spots. Santos tries to naturally induce a miscarriage.
Flashback: Karla consoles her children who are still grieving with their father's death. Shani is confronted by her family for her lesbianism. Unable to pay for help in crossing the border, Santos is raped.
|90||12||"The Big House"||Phil Abraham||Brian Chamberlayne||Taystee||July 26, 2019|
Taystee meets with a lawyer. As the GED exam looms, Suzanne gives Pennstucky a pep talk. Gloria faces a dilemma. Alex confronts Piper. Pennsatucky overdoses.
Flashback: In the weeks where she was free during season one, Taystee struggles to find a place to stay and as a result is led down a path that would get her back to Litchfield.
|91||13||"Here's Where We Get Off"||Mark A. Burley||Jenji Kohan||none||July 26, 2019|
|Pennsatucky dies. Red is moved to Florida where she reunites with Frieda and Lorna. Piper and Alex say goodbye when Alex is transferred to Ohio. Linda fires Tamika and promotes Hellman to the new warden. Blanca wins her case and visits Diablo in Honduras. Nicky becomes a new mother figure to the inmates. Flaca helps the detainees at the ICE facility. Gloria is released. Daya plans to bring her sisters into her scheme and Aleida attacks her. With some help from Judy King, Taystee starts the Poussey Washington Fund. Piper visits Alex in Ohio.|
Cast and characters
- Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman
- Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols, inmate
- Uzo Aduba as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren, inmate
- Danielle Brooks as Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson, inmate
- Jackie Cruz as Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales, inmate
- Laura Gómez as Blanca Flores, inmate
- Selenis Leyva as Gloria Mendoza, inmate
- Taryn Manning as Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett, inmate
- Adrienne C. Moore as Cindy "Black Cindy" Hayes, inmate
- Matt Peters as Joel Luschek, correctional officer
- Jessica Pimentel as Maria Ruiz, inmate
- Dascha Polanco as Dayanara "Daya" Diaz, inmate
- Alysia Reiner as Natalie Figueroa
- Elizabeth Rodriguez as Aleida Diaz, former inmate
- Nick Sandow as Joe Caputo, former warden
- Dale Soules as Frieda Berlin, inmate
- Yael Stone as Lorna Morello, inmate
- Kate Mulgrew as Galina "Red" Reznikov, inmate
- Laura Prepon as Alex Vause, inmate
- Lori Petty as Lolly Whitehill
- Daniella De Jesus as Irene "Zirconia" Cabrera
- Amanda Fuller as Madison "Badison" Murphy
- Sipiwe Moyo as Adeola Chinede
- Christina Toth as Annalisa Damiva
- Shannon Esper as Alana Dwight
- Finnerty Steeves as Beth Hoefler
- Catherine Curtin as Wanda Bell
- Joel Marsh Garland as Scott O'Neill
- Mike Houston as CO Lee Dixon
- Nick Dillenburg as CO Ryder Blake
- Hunter Emery as CO Rick Hopper
- Susan Heyward as CO / Warden Tamika Ward
- Josh Segarra as CO Stefanovic
- Emily Tarver as CO Artesian McCullough
- Greg Vrotsos as CO Hellman
- Nicholas Webber as CO Alvarez
- Shawna Hamic as CO Virginia "Ginger" Copeland
- Branden Wellington as CO Jarod Young
Special guest stars
- Jason Biggs as Larry Bloom
- Diane Guerrero as Maritza Ramos
- Michael Harney as Sam Healy
- Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset
- Samira Wiley as Poussey Washington
- Lea DeLaria as Carrie "Big Boo" Black
- Pablo Schreiber as George "Pornstache" Mendez
- Maria Dizzia as Polly Harper
- Lauren Lapkus as Susan Fischer
- Annie Golden as Norma Romano
- Vicky Jeudy as Janae Watson
- Julie Lake as Angie Rice
- Emma Myles as Leanne Taylor
- Abigail Savage as Gina Murphy
- Constance Shulman as Erica "Yoga" Jones
- Lori Tan Chinn as Mei Chang
- Tamara Torres as Emily Germann
- Lin Tucci as Anita DeMarco
- Kimiko Glenn as Brook Soso
- Blair Brown as Judy King
- Kelly Karbacz as Kasey Sankey
- Amanda Stephen as Alison Abdullah
- Judith Roberts as Taslitz
- Vicci Martinez as Dominga "Daddy" Duarte
In February 2016, Netflix gave the series a three-season renewal, which included its seventh season. In October 2018, it was confirmed that the seventh season would be its last. For the seventh season, Alysia Reiner was upgraded to series regular.
On Metacritic, season 7 has a score of 82 out of 100, based on 10 reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 97% rating with an average score of 7.69/10, based on 32 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "Carried by its exceptional ensemble, Orange Is the New Black's final season gets straight to the point, tackling hard-hitting issues with the same dramatic depth and gallows humor that made the show so ground-breaking to begin with".
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