Bay’s (Vanessa Marano) got quite a few romantic balls up in the air as we head into the “Switched at Birth” series finale, and as always, they’re wrapped up in a love triangle.
The relationship between Emmett (Sean Berdy) and Bay is so iconic and such a huge part of the show that it could never truly just go away, but Bay has pretty steadfastly stood by her choice to date Travis (Ryan Lane). Now though, Travis is headed off to Japan which leaves a lot of things in flux.
Screener spoke with Vanessa Marano about shooting the nostalgic series finale, Bay’s romantic woes, and where Bay’s future and career are going in the series finale.
How do you think fans will react to this series finale?
If you’re a fan of this show, like you’ve been with it since the beginning, this finale pulls on your heartstrings. There’s definitely flashbacks, and little tidbits about the pilot that we didn’t necessarily know about characters, that get revealed — [we’re] definitely paying homage to certain parts of the show. It’s a lot.
It’s a lot as a performer, because I’ve experienced all of that on the show with everybody. It’s a lot, it’s emotional. Get ready to cry on Tuesday night everybody!
What can you say about Bay’s finale storyline with Emmett and Travis?
It would not be “Switched at Birth” if Bay was not involved in a love triangle. That’s just the way it happens. Obviously I’m in a triangle with two deaf guys. Bay has a time! I’ve dated three deaf guys on this show. Some people like blondes, some people like brunettes, Bay’s like, “Come over here if you’re deaf.”
This is a finale for the fans. This is the answer to who she’s going to choose. Really, what’s going to happen? There’s a lot to point her in several different directions. In the end, she makes a decision that I think is a very difficult decision for her to make, but in her heart she knows that it will work out the way she wants it to work out in the long run.
Bay faces some disapproval from her dad in the finale regarding her career. How do you think she deals with that passion vs. success battle?
Old Bay was kind of like, “I’m an artist and that’s what I am, and I don’t care that I’m not going to making money yada yada yada.” Whereas finale Bay is like, “I need to support myself, but I also don’t want to give up art.”
What I think is great about finale Bay is that she has her realism balanced out with her fantasy. She knows for sure that she wants to be an artist. Even though she’s been told time and time again that it’s not a lucrative career, or she’s been rejected — she’s been told that she’s not very good. She doesn’t care, it’s in her. She is like, “I will figure out a way to support myself, so I can still do what I love.”
Where there any particular storylines over the course of the series that you really connected to?
Oh, I mean there’s so many. I loved our one-off, the episode where it was like the other world if the switch never happened. I loved our Christmas episode that we got to do. As far as storylines go … immediately I go back to the first season, when she’s first learning sign language because she likes Emmett. Every time she has a fight with Daphne I loved, because that was so much fun to do with Katie. It’s hard to narrow it down to just a few.
I can tell you the one I didn’t like! I did not like having Bay play field hockey, because that’s not my jam. I’ll go with “every one — except the field hockey season!”
The “Switched at Birth” finale airs Tuesday (April 11) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform.