Right as BBC America’s hit sci-fi drama, Orphan Black wraps up its fourth season, news hit that its Clone Club of fans certainly weren’t expecting.
Orphan Black was renewed for a fifth season of its usual ten-episode order, but it was also announced to be its last season.
A press release was issued about the announcement and kind words were said all around from BBC America President, Sarah Barnett, executive producers David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, and of course creators of the show, Graeme Manson and John Fawcett. Each expressed their thanks and gratitude to all the fans for the show.
Manson and Fawcett themselves on the announcement said:
“We are excited to deliver an epic conclusion to the tale of Sarah and her clone sisters. The past four seasons have been a phenomenal adventure and we are eternally grateful to our loyal fans who have loved the twists and thrills of our weird little show. We are thankful to our partners at Temple Street, and to BBC AMERICA and Space for their support and giving us the opportunity to end on a high.”
For those that haven’t caught the show, Orphan Black is about Sarah Manning, a woman who stumbles upon several clones of herself when assuming the identity of one she sees commit suicide. From that point on the show falls into a rabbit hole of conspiracies, more clones, moral and ethical debates on cloning and other scientific advancements, personal identity, and dance parties.
The show is also highly regarded for its lead actress, Tatiana Maslany who up to this point has portrayed 11 different characters on the show and in every episode acts against herself as one or more clone. Critics and fans constantly heap praise upon Maslany for her acting and ability to make each different clone standout from each other.
The series co-stars Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchand, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Évelyne Brochu, Kristian Brunn, and Ari Millen.