'Switched at Birth' season 5 to deal with school racism, creator teases


It will have been a two-year wait by the time fans of “Switched at Birth” get brand new episodes for the fifth and final season of the show. Given that, creator Lizzy Weiss let out a tiny detail with regard to what viewers can expect from the family drama when they return on the small screen.

In a Twitter conversation with a fan, Weiss shared that season 5 will deal with racism inside the school premises. Her first tweet read, “Though ours is actually campus race relations remember the Yale/UMissouri events from last fall. I expect controversy,” adding, “But we have been pushed to January. The only depressing upside is that I am quite sure it will still be relevant.”

The series creator added that while the delay could have made some other storylines irrelevant, unfortunately, race segregation talks are more relevant than ever with recent controversies even tied with political issues in the United Kingdom, as well as the religion-based conflicts happening in the Middle East.

However, it appears that before fans get to see this potentially controversial storyline, “Switched at Birth” is expected to first address the season 4 cliffhanger where the girls were being suddenly called back to their home. What is now unknown is the reason for the urgency and it seems like it has something to do with the Kennish family. It is no secret that John (D.W. Moffett) and Kathryn (Lea Thompson) have had marital woes for quite some time now. Rumors are rife that they are calling Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie Leclerc) home to finally tell them that they are officially going their separate ways.

Nevertheless, it could also be some kind of emergency involving Toby (Lucas Grabeel) and Lily’s (Rachel Shenton) baby who was born with Down syndrome.

The final season of “Switched at Birth” has yet to have an official premiere date but fans can expect it to be back on the air in January on Freeform.