“Orphan Black” is going to have to give viewers some answers soon. The mysterious clone drama, which is filled with never-ending twists, will end next year with Season 5. BBC America made the announcement on Thursday.
“We are excited to deliver an epic conclusion to the tale of Sarah and her clone sisters,” creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson said in a press release. “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 drama follows Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) as she discovers that she is a clone. Maslany has played over a dozen roles on “Orphan Black,” requiring various accents and tons of wigs. She’ll have 10 more episodes to reprise her many roles. The fifth and final season will likely air next spring.
The cancellation may have been a creative decision. Fawcett discussed ending the series after Season 5 over a year ago. “The series is mapped to a large degree, in that there is always room to move and work organically, but we are working towards a five season story,” Fawcett told E! Online in April 2015. “We will arrive at some kind of end destination by the end of Season 5.”
However, if the show were making massive amounts of money, BBC America probably would’ve tried to renew it for another year. That’s not the case. “Orphan Black” Season 4 is averaging 247,000 viewers each week, according to TV Series Finale. It lost nearly half of its audience from Season 3, which pulled in 438,000 pairs of eyes every Saturday at 9 p.m. EDT. This year the series moved to Thursdays at 10 p.m. EDT.
“Orphan Black” Season 4 ends Thursday at 10 p.m. EDT on BBC America.