By Dalene Rovenstine
April 04, 2017 at 04:45 PM EDT
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A lot can happen in five years. The blended Kennish-Vasquez family is living proof of that.

Just consider what Switched at Birth creator Lizzy Weiss says has changed for this family of characters in the past five years: “John and Kathryn are fluent in both sign language and deaf culture. Kathryn considers Regina — once a stranger she was deeply suspicious of — to be her best friend. [Toby is] married, with a child of his own. Regina [has] two co-parents and a life partner. And the girls, Daphne and Bay, who were once deeply envious of each other for inhabiting the life they felt they were supposed to have, end the show as sisters, and soulmates.”

But as much as things change, things also stay the same. That’s why in the series finale (airing Tuesday, April 11), Kathryn will be throwing one more family dinner. EW has your exclusive first look of the episode, and the dinner, below.

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The reason this might look familiar? It’s what essentially kicked off the series in season 1, episode 2, after the Vasquezes moved into the Kennish’s guesthouse. The mood at that dinner party (pictured below) was quite different.


“Family dinners were always a big theme on Switched at Birth,” says Vanessa Marano, who plays Bay Kennish. “The final dinner scene shows how much these characters have grown and changed for the better. They’ve come a long way.”

In wrapping the series, Weiss felt it important to return to the show’s roots. “I knew for the series finale that I wanted to revisit the switch, the reason that these two incredibly different families became one,” she says.

Filming this look back at the series has given the cast and crew a chance to see their legacy. “It’s amazing to see how far we have come and what we have accomplished with this show,” says Katie Leclerc, who plays Daphne Vasquez. “I am so proud to be on a show with a fearless voice and clear, hopeful intentions.”

But don’t let all this nostalgia fool you — the series finale will still pack a punch: Doing her own dive into history, Kathryn will unearth a family secret that will change everything.

Be sure to watch the Switched at Birth series finale Tuesday, April 11 at 9 p.m. ET on Freeform.

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