Orphan Black was always billed a five season story, and the BBC America clone drama was granted its wish earlier this year, with a fifth and final season renewal allowing it to end on its own terms in 2017.
Speaking to Variety, the show’s bosses explained the benefits being able to “cancel yourself than to get cancelled” and knowing the endgame well in advance:
“We sort of had five seasons in mind, and the thing that we just didn’t want to do is get kind of soft around the middle,” said executive producer and co-creator Graeme Manson. “We think that it’s better to cancel yourself than to get canceled, than to peter out.”
Manson and fellow co-creator and executive producer John Fawcett said there is a set ending that they and the writers are working toward.
“As much as planning the final season is bittersweet, the fun is knowing the ending, because we’ve known it for a really long time,” Fawcett said.