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The fifth season of ‘Orphan Black’ will be its last

June 16, 2016

Bittersweet news for Clone Club ahead of Thursday night’s season finale of “Orphan Black”: BBC America has announced that the fan-favorite sci-fi drama will be back for Season 5 – but that it will be its last. 

The first four seasons of “Orphan Black” have included plenty of twists and turns as Sarah Manning, played by Tatiana Maslany, has had to deal with the repercussions of discovering that she is in fact one of many clones. Maslany has portrayed more than 10 characters throughout the series, and her performance has led to awards nods including a 2015 Emmy nomination for lead actress in a drama. The show itself has tackled hefty issues highlighting female agency, power, religion, science and family.

“‘Orphan Black’ is a thrilling, genre-bending ride that has captured our fans’ imaginations and hearts like no other show,” BBC America President Sarah Barnett said in a press release. “Tatiana has been and continues to be a complete revelation, hers is one of the most remarkable performances on television, and she is joined by an extraordinary cast. We can’t wait to take our incredibly passionate audience on one final gobsmacking clone adventure.”

“We are excited to deliver an epic conclusion to the tale of Sarah and her clone sisters,” said “Orphan Black” co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson in a statement. “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.”  

The 10-episode fifth season of “Orphan Black” is slated to air some time in 2017.

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