In the words of Chris Harrison, this season of Bachelor in Paradise is “truly a trainwreck.” And we wouldn’t want it any other way.
If The Bachelor and The Bachelorette franchises are like the unofficial finishing school for twenty-somethings looking to settle down, Bachelor is Paradise is the crazy summer camp where they go to hook up, break up, and make up. And this season seems especially wild, thanks to an eclectic mix of characters ranging from pot stirrers like Chad from JoJo’s season and Lace from Ben’s season, mixed in with BIP alums like Nick and Carly, and fan favorites like Amanda and Caila from Ben’s season.
But it’s not all bad. The teaser for the third season (below) also promises that there will be multiple proposals. And judging by the show’s impressive track record (a couple from both the first and second season have each made it to the altar), there is actually a pretty good chance that it will happen again. Not even The Bachelor and The Bachelorette can boast those stats.
Keep scrolling for all the reasons we think this season will deliver big time on drama. And tune in to the premiere tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
1. Chad Continues to Be Chad
If you watched the After The Final Rose special last night, you saw Chad’s amusing plea to be the next Bachelor (“I think that I, as well as other people, deserve love,” he said). But you also saw that he doesn’t exactly clean up his bad boy act in Paradise either. “There are probably a lot of people out there who think I’m a bad guy because of the way I was on the show, and when you watch Bachelor in Paradise it might even amplify things and make them even worse, but I made some mistakes,” he said. Is packing too much protein powder one of them?
2. Someone is guaranteed to get down on one knee
While we don’t know exactly who will pop the question, BIP has a pretty solid streak for actually producing couples that last. Jade and Tanner tied that knot after last season and Lacy and Marcus did the season before. The trailer shows Bachelorette alum Nick looking at Neil Lane rings, perhaps for the always adorable single mom Amanda? As for the other proposals, we’ll have to wait and see.
3. Evan Gets Hurt Again
During JoJo’s season, Evan was the kid on the playground that always falls down. But it looks like things get a little more serious than his chronic bloody nose, as the teaser shows him being taken out on a stretcher at one point. It’s unclear if the incident is Chad-related, but either way we hope to find out if Evan reimbursed for that ripped T-shirt after their last altercation.
4. You Never Know Who Will Show Up
Or who will have chemistry. One of the most unlikely pairings this season? Wells, the soft-spoken radio DJ from JoJo’s season and Ashley, the slightly hysterical virgin from Chris Soules’ season and last summer’s Bachelor In Paradise. They are the true definition of the “opposites attract.”
5. Lace Is Ready To Stir Up Trouble
She was easily one of the most polarizing characters during Ben’s season and she continues to rock the Bachelor boat with Chad early on before moving on to Grant, the fire fighter from JoJo’s season.
6. Jared and Ashley Will Sleep Under The Same Roof
Perhaps one of the most cringeworthy parts of last season’s BIP was Jared and Ashley’s one-sided relationship, which led Ashley to have a meltdown pretty much anytime Jared look at another girl in the house. Though Ashley still clearly has feelings for him, it looks like she resorts to mean girl tactics when Caila catches his eye.
7. Carly is Giving Love Another Chance
Last season Bachelor Nation watched Carly, a singer-songwriter, fall in love with Kurt only to be rejected in the final episodes. And now the fun-loving fan fave is back proving that second chances are indeed possible in Paradise.
8. The Twins Join Forces
We still can’t tell identical twins Emily and Hayley apart, but it’s always entertaining to watch the sisters banter back and forth with each other and the housemates. Expect a few twin tears along the way.