The final season of OINTB drops on July 26. Emily Todd VanDerWerff has written this piece about it’s importance: It’s one of the first major steaming shows, it has ambitions and imperfections.
To paraphrase Emily, the show often seems like a way for well – meaning white people who are watching it to learn “The Way it Is.” But it dared to place less focus on the main protagonist from Season 1 and go deeper into lives of the women of color and the LBGBTQ characters in the show – who often had much more deeply affecting stories – even if meshing so many storylines together didn’t always go well.
It gave us Samira Wiley, Danielle Brooks, LaVerne Cox, Uzo Aduba, more Natasha Lyonne and Kate Mulgrew – to name only a few of the great actors on the show. It showed us each person has a story. It gave us Admiral Rodcocker and The Time Hump Chronicles, a mysterious chicken, and that eggplant joke, which I never want to hear the set-up to.
Here is a space to discuss the first 6 seasons, before the final season airs and begin discussions of Season 7 when it drops.
“Spoil Sports” means spoilers for all seasons including the final one. Proceed at your own risk!