It never became the ratings juggernaut the network (and fans) would’ve preferred, but BBC America’s Orphan Black will at least get a chance to go out on its own terms.
The network has announced the cult hit sci-fi series will return for a fifth and final 10-episode season in 2017, aimed at wrapping up the twisty clone drama that has kept a small contingent of fans and critics entertained the past few years. The show has done an excellent job of expanding its mythology the past few seasons, all without losing sight of the great characters that made it so interesting in the first place. It’s comforting to know we’ll get a true ending to the story.
Here’s what co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson had to say about the decision in a statement:
“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.”
Despite low ratings, the show has thrived online and created a fervent fanbase. It also brought some much-needed credibility to BBC America’s upstart slate of originals, winning a Peabody Award in 2014 and earning star Tatiana Maslany a (well-deserved) Emmy nomination in 2015.
The Season 4 finale of Orphan Black airs tonight on BBC America.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)