switched at birth

After five years and over 100 episodes, Switched at Birth aired its last episode on Tuesday night, giving each main character a final ending, especially for the two main characters, Bay and Daphne. The series finale was full of flashbacks from season one as a goodbye to the fans as well as showing the audience how far the show has gone since its beginning in 2011. The one hour drama delivered season after season in educating the audience in deaf culture and more recently, in opening the conversation about controversial topics like rape and race. But series finale proved it was more about where the main characters would end their story, or for most of the characters, start a new story.

The story came to a close with Bay’s aspiring tattoo artist career just starting to take off, finally giving her some confidence about her future as an artist. But she’s also been stuck in a love triangle of sorts for the last two years with her boyfriend and her ex-boyfriend. All of which became resolved in the last episode as she decides to go the distance with her boyfriend, Travis and letting her ex-boyfriend Emmett go to Japan with him. Now some fans have very strong feelings about both but I am ultimately happy that she stayed with Travis because it just wouldn’t make sense for her to suddenly go back to Emmett, despite their tumultuous love story. But other than that, their relationship was complicated, which made for some pretty great stories but it also meant that they spent more time fighting than they did loving each other. Bay and Travis were not free of complications but their problems didn’t completely take over the nature of their relationship.

As for Daphne, she kept on with her dream of becoming a doctor, regardless of the fact that she’s deaf. But in the last episode, she encountered yet another person telling her she couldn’t be a doctor. The only difference this time was that it came from a very esteemed doctor, knocking down her confidence and making her doubt herself yet again. But it was through her foster mom, Regina, that made her remember that Vasquez’s don’t give up, which was a sweet way of seeing the two connect again the way they had been in the beginning.

Speaking of which, the other main characters also got their own ending. Regina decided to take a chance on love by deciding to raise her ex-boyfriend Eric’s son Will while he goes to jail for kidnapping his son from his crazy ex-wife. Toby decides that he wants his career to involve educating others about down syndrome to create a better future for his son, Carlton bringing back the initial purpose of the show which was to educate others about deaf culture. Melody, Emmett’s mom, decides to stay after being offered a position at Gallaudet, a university dedicated to deaf people, to take care of her students that she still felt inclined to take care of. And as for John and Kathryn Kennish, Kathryn discovers that John knew that Bay wasn’t his daughter a month before they all found out about the switch. But then it becomes clear that John never left, even after thinking that his wife had cheated on him. And with that concluded the encompassing message of the show; that blood-related or not, family is family. What did you guys think of the series finale? Comment below!

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