'Orange Is the New Black' Star Danielle Brooks Says She Might Leave the Show After Season 7: 'I Don't Know If I Want to Play an Inmate Past That'

The fifth season of Netflix’s breakaway hit ‘Orange Is the New Black’ premiered earlier this month and the show has already been renewed through season 7.

In a new interview with EW, Danielle Brooks — who plays ‘Taystee’ — says that she’s not sure if she’s down to return if the series gets renewed for 8 seasons or more. She also speaks on what she hopes to come in season 6.

Check out a few excerpts from her interview below.

EW: I know you don’t have any idea what’s coming up in season 6, but what do you hope Taystee gets to do next season?
Oh, that question… The reason I say that is because my imagination is expansive, but once I see what the writers have written, I’m always taken aback and so much more excited about what they’ve planned and what I’ve come up with in my head. I’d rather just wait and see, especially now that we’re getting closer to the end of the road than we were in the beginning.

At first, I was dying for each script and wanting to know what happens next. [It was] almost like Christmas where you want to sneak a gift the night before. Now, I’d rather wait and I’m opening the gift wrap slowly, because I’m trying to take it all in and I know that we’re getting closer to the end — or at least, I think. I don’t know. We could go beyond seven seasons. Who knows? I just want to live in the moment and digest it when it comes.

Is there a general sense in the cast that season 7 might be the end, or do you hope Netflix could renew for another season?
Who knows? We have until seven for sure. To be honest, I don’t know if I want to play an inmate past that. I don’t know if I want to do that because I have a lot in me and a lot that I want to share with the world and different characters I want to be able to bring to life. After seven, I think it might be time for me to spread my wings, but I don’t want to speak too fast on that.

You never know how life will change and rearrange. We can’t imagine ‘OITNB’ without Taystee!

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