Warning: This article contains spoilers for the Orphan Black season 5 finale 'To Right the Wrongs of Many'
After five seasons and 50 episodes, cult clone series Orphan Black is officially over.
'To Right the Wrongs of Many' aired on BBC America in the US last night (August 12), with UK viewers able to catch it on Netflix now, and wrapped up the story of the clone club once and for all, in what proved to be perhaps the series' most feminist endeavour yet.
Which is quite the feat, given the show has a lot of female leads, most of whom are played by inimitable Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany.
The central mystery of Orphan Black began in 2013 when con-woman Sarah Manning (Maslany) saw her doppelgänger throw herself into the path of an oncoming train, before deciding to take over her life.
In doing so, Sarah ultimately learned she was part of an illegal human cloning experiment and viewers have watched over the five seasons as the number of known clones increased as the sisters tried to cut ties with the institute hellbent on taking them down.
In the season finale, the Clone Club worked together to break Neolution's hold on them for good, resulting in the deaths of Westmoreland and Coady and leaving the sestras to adjust to living a normal life again.
With Sarah still shaken by Siobhan's death, she was overcome by insecurities and her own feelings of inadequacy as a mother to Kira, but ends the episode by realising that she has a family around her to help.
And that family is bigger than we first thought too, with 'To Right The Wrongs of Many' revealing that the full total of Project Leda clones was confirmed to be 274, leaving Cosima and Delphine with the mission of tracking all of them down to inoculate them from the disease that would otherwise kill them.
So, yep. There's quite the sestrahood going on, and the core group – Sarah, Helena, Alison and Cosima – ending the series by choosing to live their lives as a family was just a beautiful extra touch.
Oh, and the series finale also saw Dr Virginia Coady (Kyra Harper) receive swift justice in a brilliant scene where Helena (Maslany, again) takes her out whilst giving birth to her twins – so if that isn't a feminist win, we don't know what is.
In all, it was a fitting and powerful finale that the show's creators and viewers alike struggled to say goodbye to:
I could never have imagined myself here 5 years later with all of you. I hope you like it. Thank you CloneClub. Xo #farewellorphanblack- John Fawcett (@JohnFawcett75) August 13, 2017
But what a way to go:
not to be dramatic, but the birth scene was probably one of the best and most moving scenes in the entire series. #OrphanBlack- marzia 🖤 (@clonesmar) August 13, 2017
I know Tatiana Maslany already got an Emmy for #orphanblack, but she needs another for this final season.- Frank Skornia (@FSkornia) August 13, 2017
Orphan Black airs on BBC America in the US, and on Netflix in the UK.
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