Editor's note: If you've seen through Episode 9 of Season 4, keep reading. If you are behind and don't want to see potential spoilers, you've been advised.
Also, copy has changed to reflect today's announcement that Season 5 in 2017 will be the end for the show.
Season 4 of Orphan Black has been a godsend compared to Season 3. There have been some odd bumps in Season 4 but the voice of the show is back. The end of Season 3 was a relief but the end of Season 4 will be a little sad.
We saw signs of the sisterhood bonding together again toward the end of Season 4, even with a boost on some level from the unlikely source of Rachel. We've even had a sisterhood of a different kind with Felix meeting his biological half-sister Adele. She hasn't quite learned that you have to be chill when you are dealing with the sisterhood; kudos to Felix for trying to keep her from this mess.
Beth Childs came back with a presence in Season 4 whether that was in flashback, a presence on the Bathhurst Street bridge in Toronto, or Sarah having her own flashbacks playing Beth on the streets of Toronto.
M.K. has been a valuable asset to her fellow sisters even as she lurks in the shadows of the shadows. Krystal is fighting the good fight even if she only knows about 1% of what is happening.
The group lost the original source in Kendall Malone but are working to mix Leda and Castor in new stem cells to cure Cosima, Rachel, and Charlotte.
"Delphine lives." I don't normally yell at the TV but made an exception in the last scene of Episode 9.
For those of us who held out hope, no one on a show is truly dead. Even as Evie Cho told Cosima in Episode 6 that Delphine had been shot dead, somehow most of us thought that wasn't true.
Seeing Delphine in profile at the end was joyous. Glad to see Evelyne Brochu back on the show.
As we end Season 4, pregnancy has been a significant theme with the babies at Brightborn. And of course, Helena will give birth to her twins in Season 5 in 2017. Space and BBC America announced today that Season 5 will be the last for Orphan Black. Sniff.
Orphan Black is set in Canada and shot mostly in Toronto. Sometimes that is obvious, other times more subtle.
Episode 9 felt more Canadian. We had a flashback to when George Stroumboulopoulos actually interviewed people who weren't hockey players. Strombo interviews Evie Cho at the beginning of Episode 9. There were no red chairs as the interview took place on a couch.
There is a Pickering, Ontario near Toronto. Tisdale is fictional, though representative of towns in southern Ontario that have lost a lot of industry.
After the Black is the aftershow for Orphan Black, making its U.S. debut this season. The aftershow aired in Canada only during Season 3 but BBC America picked up the show during Season 4. Ajay Fry, Morgan Hoffman, and Teddy Wilson led conversations with cast members and creators, gave us questions from e-mail and Twitter, and showed us behind the scenes of the show.
Some weeks were really cool: Episode 1 had Tatiana Maslany on the show and Episode 9 had great chemistry with Jordan Gavaris and Kristian Bruun. Other episodes lagged as the actors who played minor characters were asked questions about the show they couldn't possibly know. It was still cool to see some of those Canadian actors, such as Joel Thomas Hynes, who has been turning up on the Republic of Doyle reruns airing in the States.
While we don't learn much about the future from show creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, having their voices have been insightful.
We also learn tidbits, such as the use of the Bathhurst Street bridge in Toronto where Sarah confronts Beth.
Orphan Black is a show that is very intense, so sometimes After the Black is a little too upbeat. After some episodes, you want to be brought back to reality sooner, especially after Episode 6.
Orphan Black and After the Black air on Space in Canada and BBC America in the United States. The season finale airs at 10 pm Eastern tonight.
photos credit: Space/BBC America/Orphan Black