Getting actually switched at birth was just the beginning of the drama on ABC Family’s drama, which returns Monday. When we check back in with the Kennish-Vasquez family, our heroine Bay (Vanessa Marano) has, well, pretty much nothing going for her. “This is a character who didn’t do anything for herself last season. She took the fall for Daphne … she got rejected from art school, she stopped doing street art, she tried to move to California for Emmett,” Marano says. “She has nothing of her own right now, so Bay’s struggle this season is far more than just losing out on what she perceives to be the love her life. It’s like losing out on everything that made her happy and she’s gotta figure that out.”
And while there may be enough tears in the premiere to float a boat, things will take an optimistic turn. Eventually. “It’s a sad first episode for Bay, but I think the place that she gets to by the end of it is pretty OK,” Marano says. (“Pretty OK” isn’t exactly happy though, amiright?)
The second half of Season 4 of Switched at Birth premieres on Monday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.