Netflix has now dropped all the episodes of Love Is Blind season 3 (including the spicy reunion!!), and boy was it been a doozy of a season. From #POOLGATE, to Colleen’s ballet career, my head is spinning, or pirouetting if you will. Do I still have time to add a golden goblet to my own future wedding registry? And perhaps most importantly, did the engaged couples actually find lasting love?
In case you missed it, Love Is Blind is the crown jewel of Netflix reality dating dramas. The streaming service takes 15 beautiful ladies and 15 just as good-looking guys, and has them date through a wall in “pods." The contestants (from Dallas, Texas, this season) don’t meet IRL until they decide to get engaged...sight unseen, as hosts Nick and Vanessa Lachey remind us at the beginning of each new season.
After five (!) new couples get engaged this season, viewers watch as the gang is whisked off to the beach, where they bond with their new fiancés and meet their pod exes. Chaos is sure to ensue as the group returns to Texas to meet their SO's family and friends, and decide if they are actually going to tie the knot.
Now that the full season has dropped, here’s all the tea, and most importantly, all the spoilers, you need to know about the latest season.
Here’s what else to know so far:
Who are the main cast members?
As usual, the season starts with a cast of 30 that is quickly whittled down to the main crew. This time around, the show will give a lot of air time to the following people:
Alexa Alfia, a 27-year-old insurance agency owner.
Cole Barnett, a 27-year-old realtor
Raven Ross, a 29-year-old Pilates instructor
Matt Bolton, 28, who works as a private charter sales executive
Brennon Lemieux, a 38-year-old water treatment specialist
Zanab Jaffrey, a 32-year-old realtor
Sikiru ‘SK’ Alagbada, a 34-year-old data engineer and MBA student
Nancy Rodriguez, a 32-year-old real estate investor
Bartise Bowden, a 27-year-old senior analyst
Honorable mention: Andrew Liu, a 30-year-old director of operations and wildlife photographer
Who gets engaged?
After a truly wild few episodes where everyone’s allegiances were up in the air, the cast leaves the pods with five happily engaged couples.
The couples include:
The first-looks are all super cute for these five duos, I can promise you that. And of course, there are other people on the show whose journey's don't get shown on live TV, but these are the main people the production crew is keeping an eye on during the season.
Who gets rejected?
Unfortunately for smooth-talking wildlife photographer Andrew, love is not in the cards this time. Nancy turns him down, opting for Bartise instead.
There is also a bit of ~drama~ among the main cast, and a number of inter-couple crushes that definitely complicate things later on.
Bartise, who eventually proposes to Nancy, was first interested in—and almost proposed to—fellow fitness lover Raven. (Yes, even after the jumping jacks. True love persists). But instead, Raven goes for SK, who seems a bit more stable to her, and who is also older than 25-year-old Bartise.
Colleen also gets put through the wringer after she is dumped by Brennon, and then by Cole. Brennon has his sights set on Alexa, and Cole decides that while the pair would ultimately be very attracted to each other in the real world, their relationship isn’t deep enough. Thankfully, Colleen is able to get vulnerable with Matt, and it’s off to the races for these two.
Who gets married?
Only two couples actually say "I do" at the altar, while the other three either had super intense, public break-ups or really sad goodbyes. Here's who got married:
Colleen and Matt
Alexa and Brennon
And BTW, these two couples are still very happily married. The each spoke to Women's Health back in October about their lives together so far.
Matt shared with WH that Colleen is currently working three jobs, and he loves “taking care of her, cooking dinner for her, rubbing her feet, whatever it is.”
Colleen also says that, like any couple, they’ve had to work through things after the cameras stopped rolling. “Just because we got married doesn't mean that all those issues that we were having were all of a sudden going to be resolved and we weren't going to have them anymore,” she explains. “So, for some time, we were still working on those issues. But it was very nice not to do in front of cameras.”
The couple also said during the reunion that they aren't living together just yet (but they are together every day). Once they sort out some financial and logistical issues, they plan to move in together in a few months. Cheers to you all!
And lovebirds Alexa and Brennon are totally crushing married life, too. “It's super exciting. It's been really wonderful. Every day is just a fairy tale," Alexa tells WH. And Brennon adds that marriage has been “wonderful.” Awww!
The three couples that have tough breakups at the altar this season include:
Bartise and Nancy
Cole and Zanab
SK and Raven
Things got intense during some breakups.
Perhaps the most notable was Zanab's monologue at the altar, which really held Cole's behavior throughout their time together to the flame. ICYMI, Cole wasn't a pinnacle of love during the show, asking Zanab if she was "bipolar" at one point, and rating her an eight out of 10, while giving other girls a nine.
“You have disrespected me, you have insulted me, you have critiqued me, and for what it’s worth, you have single-handled shattered my self-confidence,” Zanab tells those congregated at the wedding. “I hate that you have had that kind of effect on me, and the messed up thing is I know I love you.” Yikes.
Her answer as to whether she wanted to get married, unsurprisingly, was no. And her guests clapped as she left Cole at the altar.
These two are no longer really on speaking terms, and during the reunion, Brennon actually defended Zanab, and called out Cole's behavior, too.
For Nancy's part, she tells WH she was "blindsided" by Bartise's decision, and her family was none to pleased. "I was not expecting it to get that aggressive," Bartise says of Nancy's family members reactions to his "no."
"Eventually, they let me get Nancy away and talk to her, and she could voice her opinion towards me, but I was shocked that the family felt the need to come yell at me," he says.
And a big yikes: Alexa lets slip during the reunion that Bartise was with another girl the day after his wedding, which doesn't bode well for his attempts to make things right with Nancy.
One couple has rekindled things post filming.
Surprise! SK and Raven told everyone during the reunion that they are actually trying out the whole dating thing again. Everyone cheered, of course, because these two really are so darn cute. While SK said "no" during their wedding (which had some incredible Nigerian cultural additions), it seems like they were willing to work through their issues.
Also, FWIW, Raven told Vanessa Lachey during the reunion that they hadn't had a chance to "explore each other physically" until after the wedding... So take that for what it is.
The two other couples are still very far from getting back together. For their part, Nancy and Bartise are "acquaintances" now, per Bartise, who adds that they're "on decent terms." Nancy, on the other hand, tells WH that they had a "black and white" ending at the altar, and she's done. And to quote Taylor Swift, it looks like Zanab and Cole are "never-ever-ever getting back together."
Stay tuned for more updates on your favorite LIB season 3 couples in the coming months!
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