Switched at Birth Spoilers

Switched at Birth EP Talks About the Call (It's 'Big'), Bay's Romantic Choice

When Switched at Birth last aired in 2015 (!), the series had skipped ahead in its timeline — “and thanks to Freeform, it turns out that 10-month jump is in real time for viewers,” executive producer Lizzy Weiss tells TVLine with a laugh.

After a very lengthy hiatus — it’s actually been a 15-month wait for the fans — the family drama returns this Tuesday (at 9/8c) for its final season. Below, Weiss previews the big changes and new loves ahead for the Kennish-Vasquez clan, as well as a very topical race-relations storyline.

TVLINE | There’s a been a big time jump in the series itself. Can you set the stage for where the new season picks up?
Switched at Birth SpoilersWe pick up 10 months later, as we promised in the final moments of Season 4, and we throw you into China. We answer why the girls stayed longer than their initial visit of just a few weeks. Then, of course, there’s the question of the call, and we answer in the premiere why the girls had to rush home, what happened and what that was about. We just knew that it just had to be a really compelling, important reason to get them to bolt, and it had to be really important to both girls. You could tell from that moment that both of them were going to be impacted by the person on the other end of the phone.

TVLINE | What awaits Bay and Daphne when they get back home?
They have to deal with the call, and that’s a big thing. Then just everyone in their family [is] in new relationships, new jobs. Power dynamics have shifted. Just like anyone who goes away for a semester or a year in college… you come back, and you feel a little bit distant. You’re sort of here but not here, and you’re thinking back to being back in your other country and the language barrier. It can be disorienting, but luckily, the girls have each other, and they can turn to each other when they feel like, “Are we here? Are we back there?”

Switched at Birth SpoilersTVLINE | What do you want to tell fans about where the Travis/Bay/Emmett love triangle is headed?
She’s going to have to figure out: Is Travis The One? Did she catch up to his feelings in the time away, or did the time away make her realize that Emmett is and always will be The One? That is something that we do play with a little bit, because they are surrogate brothers, and it’s a really interesting, complex dynamic. They both have feelings for her.

TVLINE | What about Daphne’s love life? Any hope of her and Mingo rekindling things?
Daphne and Mingo had great chemistry. They were opposites in so many ways, so it was so fun to see them together. But we had to be realistic. Is this guy going to really be sitting around 10 months later, waiting for her to just show up? He was hurt that she decided to stay. They broke up at the end of Season 4, but it did feel like maybe they would get back together in the fall if she was [only] gone a few weeks. So it is a little more complicated, but they’re always going to have that chemistry.

Switched at Birth SpoilersTVLINE | What can you say about Regina’s new man (played by Michael Galante)?
We had such a serious story for Regina in Season 4 with Eric and his situation and backstory, and the way that he left and the kids. We just really wanted to lighten things up for her and be honest. If she rebounded, who would she rebound to? It would probably be something a lot less serious and fraught and intense than what she had with Eric.

TVLINE | What is Emmett’s arc for the season?
Emmett is, of course, at film school at USC with Skye, but he’s still an integral part of the family and the world and our girls. So he’s out there, and he’ll be coming back in ways that are surprising and complex.

Switched at Birth SpoilersTVLINE | The premiere kicks off a big race storyline. How does it relate to the characters, and is it going to carry throughout the season?
The biggest story last fall was race relations on campus, and there were a lot of things that were going on that were really exciting, and we wanted to play it out with our characters. But we had this challenge of, we have a lot of diversity in our show — half of our family is Latina — but we didn’t have African-Americans as our protagonists. So we really had to be thoughtful about how to honor this story and have these black characters tell their own story. It’s woven into the first half of the season. We really tackle some stuff that, even though it’s been 15 months since we wrote it, I’ve never seen tackled on TV, because I don’t think there are any other shows that take place in college. It’s something I’m really proud of and excited about and I hope causes a lot of conversations, particularly on college campuses.

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15 Comments
  1. DJ Doena says:

    I dropped out shortly before the rape storyline and when I read about it I wasn’t encouraged to come back. I wonder if I should just jump in for the final stretch.

  2. Kelsey says:

    What I’m gathering is that Bay will choose Travis, Emmett is still with Skye, and Bay/Emmett won’t be endgame. :/

  3. Jeff says:

    The most PC show on TV. And the Bay character must be the most irritating.

    • Jamie says:

      I actually disagree. Every time they tackle a “controversial” topic, they always show a myriad of different opinions and rarely declare one person as absolutely right or wrong – instead showing that people will always disagree about some things. That’s not being PC – that’s showing that no one has all of the answers, as much as we all like to believe that our opinions are the correct ones.

  4. sarah t says:

    I’m guessing that Bay is going to choose Travis initially, they’ll date for a bit but eventually, Emmett is endgame. Though they could go all Dawson’s Creek on us and switch that up

  5. Alrisha says:

    Switched at Birth? I remember once upon a time there was a show with that name.

  6. Dee says:

    It’s so great reading this after watching the Premiere knowing how much of it was a lie…lol. She was very crafty with her answers

  7. 12345678910 says:

    Oh my gosh the bay and emmett deserve to be with each other but … It was emmets mistake to break up with bay and she deserves to be happy with travis…. But emmett and bay have a long history and emmett wants to be back with bay and in bays heart does she really want to be with Travis or emmett and many people think bay and emmett will end up together (in cluding me) but thats my opinion all the fans out there going for travis or emmett keep watching because thats all we can do

    • Carly says:

      Bay and Emmett are endgame

    • Indigo says:

      Bay and Emmett should be together from the beginning of the show I knew they would be a cute Couple 💚💜 she knows she loves him deep down I think Travis is just a huge way to get back at Emmett for breaking up with her to be with Skye

    • kay cory says:

      I don’t even want to watch the last two episodes cause Bay is choosing the wrong man. We want Emmet!

  8. David Nadal says:

    I am so pissed off the way the show ended. Emmett should be with Bay. I never watch soap series like that but this love story captivated my curiosity deaf guy(Emmett) and hottie Latina Bay. This big mule of Travis always in the way like the writers are trying to shove it down our throat with how good he is always helping to make him look good but no chemistry with Bay as a couple. As you’ve guess it i’m on team E-BAY(Emmett and Bay). The way the show finished looks to have caught the writers pants down having put Travis in the way so much and with the lack of time they ended it poorly. I was looking forward for a big finish with Emmett winning Bay back and Emmett&Bay for forever like the timeline he painted on the wall but instead i’m left frustrated with how they’ve wasted my time.

    • Hanna says:

      I’m not even watching the rest of the tv series after reading these reviews because I just don’t want to see Bay and Emmett not end up together that’s so stupid the writers made a mistake not making them end up together the story should have ended that way giving the TV episode 1 star for not letting Bay and Emmett end up together