Filming has ended on the fifth and final season of Freeform‘s Switched at Birth TV series. Creator Lizzy Weiss tweeted a photo of the final shot outside the Kennish family home, and later, a message to fans. See them both, below. Switched at Birth stars Vanessa Marano as Bay Kennish and Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez. The series begins when the then almost 16 year old girls find out they were switched at birth.
The award-winning family series focuses on issues of identity, addiction, deaf culture, social class, ethnic identification, and fidelity. Back in October, Switched at Birth was renewed for a shortened fifth season of ten episodes, bringing the total series episode count to 103. Season five will debut in 2017. The cast of Switched at Birth also includes: Constance Marie, D.W. Moffett, Lea Thompson, Lucas Grabeel, Sean Berdy, and Marlee Matlin.
Last night, Weiss tweeted, “Today we finish shooting the series finale of #SwitchedatBirth – Kennish Vasquez family forever.”
— Lizzy Weiss (@Lizzy_Weiss) April 18, 2016
Today, she tweeted out a message to fans:
To our fans…
Last night we completed filming Switched at Birth forever. We shot the final scene of the series as the actual final scene of the series in the same place we shot the first scene of the pilot, five and a half years ago. The weather was perfect. The house was stunning against the night sky. All of my writers drove in for the final shot. Cast who weren’t in the scene or even in the episode came in to be part of the moment. Everyone’s family came by. There were flowers, bottles of wines, homemade necklaces, and lovely thank you cards handed out. Crew who worked together thousands of hours hugged and teared up and took selfies. We all stood on the magnificent front lawn of the iconic Kennish house clapping and marveling at the once in a lifetime experience this was for all of us. There may be shows that had bigger budgets or higher ratings, but there is no show with more love and warmth and camaraderie behind the cameras than this one.
The episodes will air in 2017 and you will see our final 10 stories and how we send off these characters. As for the people who made it all happen, I couldn’t possibly have scripted a more perfect ending than last night. It was just a little piece of magic.
To our fans… pic.twitter.com/uQZkY1TCVe
— Lizzy Weiss (@Lizzy_Weiss) April 19, 2016
What do you think? Do you plan to watch the fifth and final season of Freeform’s Switched at Birth TV show? Do you think it is ending at the right time, or should it have been renewed for a sixth season?