Orange is the New Black is known for its large ensemble cast, and the show's dozens of characters have created a deep web of diverse stories for seven seasons. While audiences got to watch many of the characters grow close during their time in prison (though others, you know, killed each other), behind the scenes, the entire cast of actors seemingly bonded, as well. In honor of the series' ending, the cast recorded goodbyes that they shared at the end of the episode, and it's truly touching. The Orange is the New Black post-credit scene will give you a whole lot of feelings, so prepare yourself before you skip ahead to watch it.
After the final moments of the series, the credits roll alongside a montage of clips of the cast members as they say goodbye on set. It begins with Natasha Lyonne, who appears to be on set in the middle of an actual goodbye scene between her character Nicky and Laura Prepon's Alex. She wipes away tears as she attempts to make a joke, and if that's not enough to get you crying too, then probably nothing will do the trick for you.
The rest of the montage includes goodbyes from almost everyone in the cast, from Taylor Schilling (who played Piper) waving goodbye, to Constance Shulman (who played Yoga Jones) simply saying, "Namaste." Uzo Aduba (who portrayed Suzanne) looks straight into the camera to connect with the audience, while Prepon literally closes a door on her entire Orange is the New Black experience. Elizabeth Rodriguez (Aleida) offers some sage wisdom to the Orange is the New Black family by simply saying, “Everything ends.”
The entire montage is set to an original song by Danielle Brooks, who played Taystee on the show. The song is called "Seasons" and it appears on Brooks' new EP Four. In an interview with Refinery29, Brooks said she wrote the song specifically to honor her experience on Orange is the New Black.
"I tried to get as many of the girls' names in the song [as I could], and as many of the memories from the show in the song," she said.
Brooks sang the song for the cast and crew at the end of their final day on set together. And because she wanted to celebrate all of the time they spent together, the song is packed with lots of references to the series and the many inside jokes from on set. She said:
We've spent seven years together. That's longer than high school or college! We were there for each other's weddings and baby showers. Life has changed for a lot of us. But we've stayed very tight.
After Brooks sang the song for her coworkers, the team decided it was the perfect way to say goodbye to the whole series, and added it in the post-credits scene.
You can watch the post-credits sequence in addition to all of Season 7 of Orange is the New Black on Netflix now.