Freeform’s Switched At Birth won’t return for its final season until sometime next year, series creator Lizzy Weiss announced on Twitter late last night.

After her first Tweet imploring fans’ patience, Weiss followed up with a somewhat more encouraging message, noting that while the delay is “a bummer,” she shares her fans’ pain: “I was a fan of Mad Men and I waited forever for its final season. True fans will wait. It’s worth it.” Here are her messages to fans:

The news comes just days after Weiss confirmed that the upcoming fifth season of the Peabody Award-winning series would be the last. The program launched on ABC Family in 2011 with the network’s then-highest premiere ratings. The show is set in Kansas City and follows two teenagers who were switched at birth, one growing up in affluence and the other working class. The show features various deaf and hard-of-hearing actors.

ash
3 months
2017?! seems like a stretch don't you think! like ughhhh but i will wait i have so...
angela
3 months
why is it taking so long I wonder
Lemelia Johnson Bonner
3 months
Really sad to hear this. I'm afraid it will be hard for most fans to maintain enthusiasm...

No word on when, exactly, the show will return to Freeform’s schedule (Switched has been away since its Season 4 finale last October), but Weiss said today that one of the series’ recently shot episodes will leave the audience in tears — even in 2017.

Here’s her latest Tweet: