Orphan Black says goodbye to clone club with a touching and downright beautiful finale episode
When the creators of Orphan Black announced last summer that season 5 would be the final season of the series, to say that fans completely lost their minds would be an understatement. Knowing that the stories, characters, and clones we’d come to love would be leaving us, really cut us deep. There are no words to use to thank the cast and creators for the impact that Orphan Black has had on the fans, but we know that the finale episode was undoubtedly a thank you from the show to us, clone club.
The episode hit hard in true Orphan Black fashion. Action, mystery, a little violence, and Tatiana Maslany doing what Tatiana Maslany does best… absolutely everything. Watching Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) and Helena (Tatiana Maslany) take down the heads of Neolution by killing PT Westmoreland (Stephan McHattie) and Virginia Coady (Kyra Harper) respectively, we were in awe. The sestras have come such a long way since season one and the tears in our eyes when Sarah helped Helena deliver her babies didn’t stop flowing.
As the episode headed to its conclusion, we were left to wonder how everything would be tied up. Every show has loose ends, but we hoped that Orphan Black would address some of theirs. We weren’t left disappointed. Rachel (Tatiana Maslany) stepped up to the plate for her sestras in one of the most touching things she has ever done. By delivering the names and addresses of each LEDA clone, Rachel provided Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Delphine (Evelyne Brochu) an opportunity to save all of their lives with a treatment made for the clone’s sickness. Speaking of Cosima and Delphine, the two finally got their happy ending. What a gorgeous ending for a couple that showed us that despite the hard times, true love really will conquer all. Elsewhere, Alison (Tatiana Maslany) and Donnie (Kristian Bruun), one of the constant bright spots on the show, received their own happy ending. With Helena (Tatiana Maslany) and her babies, who she heartwarmingly named Arthur and Donnie, living in their garage, the group formed their own version of family and we couldn’t be happier. Despite having her moments of complete heart break and confusion, our original eyes into the world that is Orphan Black, Sarah Manning, finally found peace in the life she has created with Kyra and her sestras.
Orphan Black has left a lasting impact on our hearts and our minds. No show will be able to fill the void left by the show ending, but we’ll continue to share memories, thoughts, pictures, and stories about our little show that could. With all that said, we have so much to discuss with the guests of our final Orphan Black roundtable. We can’t wait to hear what they thought of the finale episode, so let’s meet them.
Valerie Anne (@PunkyStarshine) – “TV recapper at Autostraddle.com, Twitter obsessed lover of stories.”
Eam (@CloneClubGlobal) – “Music fan, Publicist and Founder at Clone Club Global.”
Nahrain, Daneela, & Christina (@CloneClubTO) – “Three regulars at Bobby’s bar.”
Helen (@OBAddicts) – “TV & Book lover. Mother of fur babies. MGR of @OBAddicts, @SOAMayanAddicts and @Strainaddicts”
Anny (@clonepatronus) “Artist. Theorist. Life long Beth Childs lover.”
1) What were your hopes for the series finale episode before it started?
2) How beautiful was Helena’s labor scene with Sarah helping her? Side note: How hard did you laugh at the names she gave to them initially?
3) How much did it mean to you to see Mrs. S in flashbacks?
4) What was your favorite moment in the series finale? We have to say Cophine finally getting their happy ending had us in tears.
5) What are your final thoughts on Orphan Black?
6) What would you say to the cast and crew of Orphan Black?
For creating a show that built lifelong friendships and community that we can call family.
For the best five years you have given Clone Club.
THANK YOU SO MUCH. #ThankYouOrphanBlack. You are already missed.
7) What does Orphan Black mean to you?
8) On a scale of 1 being not at all and 10 being so much your eyes were swollen.. how much did you cry when you realized there will be no more new episodes of Orphan Black?
Final Verdict: Despite leaving some loose ends, Orphan Black 5×10 hit fans with a spectacular knockout blow
Orphan Black “To Right the Wrongs of Many,” did what every good series finale should do. It left its fans with a sense of closure and contentment. Sarah, Cosima, Helena, and Alison all got the happy endings they desperately deserved and wanted. Leda clones all over the world will get the treatment they need to survive, and a new generation of Leda offspring will get the chance to thrive. While there are definitely loose ends that Orphan Black didn’t address (like where is Cal? What happened to Krystal? Was Delphine planning to propose to Cosima at Felix’s art show?) we’re more than okay with how it ended. The series finale made us cry, more than we care to admit, but it also made us happy. We were elated to see the sestras together one last time, as a family. Being “normal.” We’re also content with knowing that all of clone club can relish in the notion that although some of our favorites didn’t make it to end, their legacy will live on. We’re looking at you, Mrs. S. So thank you, Orphan Black. For five years of imaginative, complex, beautifully imperfect characters and stories. Perhaps those loose ends we’re so curious to know the answers to can be addressed in a feature film? *Wink Wink* to creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson. We’ll be waiting.
We’d also like to take a second to say how talented we think Kathryn Alexandre is. As Tatiana Maslany’s clone double, she had all of the same work load behind the scenes. She is the unsung hero of Orphan Black. Clone club knows that Orphan Black wouldn’t be what it is without her. Your talent, dedication, and grace was not overlooked. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.