TV: Orange is the New Black – Season 7

Premiered: July 26, 2019

On: Netflix

Starring: Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Jackie Cruz, Laura Gómez, Selenis Leyva, Taryn Manning, Adrienne C. Moore, Matt Peters, Jessica Pimentel, Dascha Polanco, Alysia Reiner, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Nick Sandow, Dale Soules, Yael Stone, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Lori Petty, Daniella De Jesus, Amanda Fuller, Sipiwe Moyo, Christina Toth, Shannon Esper, Catherine Curtin, Joel Marsh Garland, Mike Houston, Nick Dillenburg, Hunter Emery, Susan Heyward, Josh Segarra, Emily Tarver, Greg Vrotsos, Nicholas Webber, Shawna Hamic, Branden Wellington, Karina Arroyave, Marie-Lou Nahhas, Melinna Bobadilla, Alicia Witt, Michael Chernus, Tracee Chimo, Bill Hoag, Deborah Rush, Berto Colon, Ian Paola, John Magaro, Miguel Izaguirre, Jason Biggs, Diane Guerrero, Michael J. Harney, Laverne Cox, Samira Wiley, Lea DeLaria & Pablo Schreiber

The last season of Orange is the New Black had a tough job wrapping up storylines of so many beloved characters. And though there are some sad endings, what’s great is that everything feels realistic.

After being released from jail, Piper (Taylor Schilling) has to learn how to live a normal life in the real world. Taystee (Danielle Brooks) struggles with depression after losing her case. Gloria (Selenis Leyva) helps an ailing Red (Kate Mulgrew) after she’s released from solitary confinement.

Though she only appears in four episodes, the best storyline this season – as it feels the most relevant at the time of release – is Maritza’s (Diane Guerrero). She faces deportation after discovering she’s an undocumented immigrant. With Trump’s immigration policies, her story is even more emotional, and Guerrero plays her perfectly.

Final say: A good way to go. ★★★★★

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