updated 08/15/2013 AT 8:50 AM ET
•originally published 08/15/2013 AT 9:15 AM ET
Laura Prepon has flown the coop.
Orange is the New Black, the Netflix original series that takes place in a women’s prison, will lose one of its central characters, inmate Alex, played by Laura Prepon, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
While Prepon, 33, will no longer be a series regular, she still will return for season 2 in order to tie up any loose ends in her storyline. There also remains the possibility of a comeback in the future, says the trade publication.
“Our season is still developing and nothing is confirmed,” a Netflix rep said in a statement. Season 2 of the series is currently in production.
It is not clear if Prepon decided to leave the show or if the plotline requires her exit. Alex is a love interest of the main character, Piper, played by Taylor Schilling.
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But which departure will result in a greater loss for the viewer (and the actresses’ respective series)?