Netflix's Longest Show, Orange is the New Black ended in Season 7, and while some of the main characters enjoy a happy ending, others have far more tragic fates. Created by Jenji Kohan, Orange is the New Black that debuted on Netflix as one of the streaming service's first original shows, and has since received a large following and a number of Emmy awards.
Orange is The New Black based on the eponymous book by Piper Kerman, who after being convicted of smuggling a suitcase full of drug money has been held in a women's prison. In the show, Taylor Schilling plays Piper Chapman, but her story really was just the starting point for dozens of Litchfield penitentiary women's character investigations. We have accompanied the inmates with a chicken obsession, an illegal underwear production, a prison riot, and maximum security, and now is the time to say goodbye to the characters we've met in the last seven seasons.
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There were so many characters in Orange is the new black that would take forever to say where they all landed, but these are the main characters whose stories are completed in Season 7 – and how these stories end.
Piper and Alex get together in Ohio
After Piper is released from prison, her marriage to Alex is strained by the long-distance relationship and both cheat each other. Alex has an affair with McCullough, a CO who gets angry and vengeful when Alex breaks off. McCullough asks Alex to transfer him to a detention center in Ohio, and Alex decides to release Piper and tell her to break up. After long deliberation on whether to stay with Alex or relate to her new love interest, Zelda, Piper moves to Ohio to be with Alex. She gets a job in a café and begins to take courses in civil proceedings. In the new prison there is no wall between them in the visiting room so that they can actually hold hands. At this point, Alex has three more years to complete her sentence before they can really get together.
Pennsatucky dies of an overdose of drugs
Unfortunately, not every character in ] Orange is the new black gets a happy ending. Tiffany Doggett a.k.a., Pennsatucky, is spending the 7th season of hard learning to complete the GED, diagnosing a learning disability. However, when the time comes for the exam, she is told that she has not received the extra time required because Luschek (who replaced the qualified GED teacher) has forgotten to submit a request. Despite additional tuition by Taystee, Pennsatucky leaves the exam because she believes she has failed, and goes to Daya's gang for some drugs. This turns out to be Pennsatucky's last hit as she dies of an overdose. When her body is carried away from Litchfield, we see a spooky version of her leaving the jail as she leaves.
Taystee founds the Poussey Washington Fund
For most of the seventh season, Taystee has only one goal in mind: to kill himself. After she was wrongfully convicted of Piscatella's murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, she is no longer the happy, bubbly young woman that fans in Orange got to know. Season 1: She asks Daya to commit suicide enough drugs, but the high price delays things. There is a glimmer of hope when it looks as if a notebook written by Suzanne telling her how Piscatella really died could relieve Taystee – but her lawyer says it's too weak to prove. Taystee wants to kill herself when she finds Pennsatucky's body, which causes her suicide attempt to fail. Later, she is about to try again when she sees an envelope of Tamika holding the GED certificates for all the students she teaches, and learns that Pennsatucky actually passed the exam and earned her GED. […] She can actually help people, and she asks Judy King for help setting up the Poussey Washington Fund – a foundation that offers microcredits to women who have just been released from prison so they can get back on their feet instead of falling into the cycle of crime and poverty. In prison, Taystee has a new purpose in providing financial information to prisoners who will soon be released, so they know how to handle them when they receive their money from the Poussey Washington Fund.
Red develops dementia with early onset
Introduced in Orange is the new black Season 1 as a Wild Cave Mother and the true Queen of Litchfield, Galina "Red" Reznikov, is pushed into the background as she is forced to spend a lot of time in the SHU. The combination of this isolation and a severe urinary tract infection induces a delirium state that develops into early-onset dementia. Over the last season of Orange's New Black red is failing more and more until she can not remember how to cook. It is eventually moved to B-block a.k.a "Florida" – where Litchfield's elderly and mentally ill patients land. There she meets again with her old "girlfriend" Frieda Berlin, but does not remember Frieda's betrayal and imagines that they have never met. Finally, Red remembers Frieda and tries to attack her, but Frieda hides in her cell and says that she will simply stay there until Red forgets her again.
Morello loses her baby and has a nervous breakdown.
Red is not the only main character to land in Florida. After giving birth to a boy named Sterling in Season 6, Lorna learns from a whiny Vinnie that her son died of pneumonia. Lorna refuses to accept reality and continues to insist that her son live. She even creates Instagram accounts for him using pictures of babies she finds on the internet. Unable to endure, Vinnie decides to divorce her – which Morello interprets as taking his baby away. Their sanity worsens over the course of Orange is the new Black Season 7, and though Nicky desperately tries to help her, she finally accepts that she can not bring Lorna to safety. If Lorna attacks another inmate, this is the last straw and she is put into the B-block. The last time we see her, Red weighs her like a baby and sings a lullaby while Morello sucks on her thumb.
Nicky becomes the new prison mother
Retired with Red, Nicky takes on the role of the new "Prison Mom" after asking Red for advice on how he lurks behind bars to care for people. We see her in the kitchen with red lipstick and help a drug-addicted inmate to survive her withdrawal. After Nicky has spent the last season of the show spinning too many records – her new girlfriend, Red's dementia, and Morello's collapse – she finally seems to take on her new role, taking care of the girls who need them, and her own To start a family.
Maritza is deported to Colombia
In one of the most heartrending storylines of Orange is the new black Season 7 Maritza is arrested while hanging from the ICE in a club because she does not have her ID. At the ICE detention center, she is reunited with Blanca Flores, who lost her green card after pleading guilty to organizing the riots. When a group of inmates from Litchfield are brought in to run the kitchen at the ICE detention center, Maritza is also reunited with Flaca and asks her for help proving that she is an American citizen. However, when Flaca finally manages to get in touch with Maritza's mother, she learns that Maritza was born not in the US, but in Colombia.
At first there seems to be hope when Maritza gets her hand on the number for an organization that provides legal aid to ICE prisoners. However, Maritza's fate is sealed by an act of kindness in which she records as many copies of the number as possible and distributes them to the other women in the facility. This behavior is detected by the guards and Maritza is immediately deported to Colombia – a country she has never visited and in which she knows no one. We see her boarding a plane with a number of other women and disappearing one after the other. Maritza disappears last. Her fate in Colombia is unknown.
Flaca helps women detained by the ICE to contact their families
Nobody is More affected by Maritza's deportation than her best friend Flaca. As the Litchfield women work in the kitchen, Gloria tries to help women reach out to their families by making notes with names and phone numbers and trying to contact them with their cell phones. This eventually puts her in trouble when she smuggles a phone to the ICE detention center so that Karla, a woman deported to El Salvador, can talk to her sons one last time. After Gloria was released from prison, Flaca decides to take over the work she has done. Maritza wants her to do this. We see her receiving messages from women who stick to their lunch trays and tell them that she can not promise anything, but she will do her best to find her families.
Ruiz will spend time with her daughter again
Maria Ruiz, who was severely pregnant when we met her in Orange's new Black season 1 , had her baby and was almost immediately separated from her. She had a second heartbreak when her friend, Yadriel, said he would not put Baby Pepa in jail anymore because he does not want her to see her mother behind bars. In Season 7, Yadriel reveals that he has started meeting another woman (also called Maria), and Ruiz is naturally furious. However, with the help of Joe Caputo's Restoration Program for Justice, she works to become a better person, eventually apologizing to Yadriel and asking if he can start bringing Pepa to see her again. He agrees, and in Ruiz's final scene we see her alternating with "New Maria" to read a picture book with the names Mi Burro, Mi Burro at Pepa in the Visitor Room.
Aleida May or May Not Daya have killed
Dayanara Diaz, once a sweet girl who liked drawing pictures of anime characters, was shot to the end of Orange is the new black . She is the drug lord of Litchfield and a drug addict. To make matters worse, she recruits her 13-year-old sister, Eva, to help drug smuggling into jail. When she realizes that Eva is twice her age, she goes out with a drug dealer and rages violently at the dealer's home out. When she learns that Daya has involved Eva in her drug operation, there is a fierce conflict between the two Diazes. After Daya Aleida asks if she knows what it's like to kill someone, Aleida slaps her daughter's throat, jumps on her and strangles her. We do not see the outcome of this fight, but it is possible that Aleida Daya killed to protect her younger daughter.
Mendoza comes home and returns.
One of the happier endings in Orange is the New Black is that of Gloria Mendoza, short on the smuggling phone she smuggled into the ICE detention center is about to lose their release date. In a rare act of selflessness, Luschek (who is still feeling guilty about his role in Pennsatucky's death) confesses that he has smuggled phones to Litchfield and forces the women to smuggle them into the ICE facility. He asks that Gloria be spared any punishment before being released on the spot. His move pays off; Gloria is released from jail, reunited with her children, and meets her grandchild. When unpacking, she finds the picture book Mi Burro, Mi Burro which she gives to Ruiz.