Taylor Schilling Talks Hopes for Final Season of “Orange Is the New Black”

It’s time to say goodbye Litchfield.

The seventh and final season of Orange Is the New Black will see star Taylor Schilling aka Piper Chapman readjust to life on the outside. Here’s what Schilling had to say of her hopes for the final season.

“She’s beginning to navigate what it’s like to live in the civilian world again, and learning that freedom doesn’t come immediately when she steps outside of prison,” Schilling told Entertainment Weekly. “She becomes a little bit bolder expressing what she wants rather than trying to fit in and make it about other people.”

Life on the outside also means separating from Alex (Laura Prepon), whom Piper married at the end of season 6. “Piper really realizes that Alex is fundamentally a part of her journey. That’s the choice that Piper is making, that Alex’s love is very important to her.”

“After seven seasons, it’s time to be released from prison.  I will miss all the badass ladies of Litchfield and the incredible crew we’ve worked with,” series creator Jenji Kohan said in a statement when the end of the show was announced. “My heart is orange but fade to black.”

The seventh and final season of Orange Is the New Black will debut on July 26 on Netflix.