It’s back! (Picture: PA)
The Traitors fans were horrified when the first episode of series two ended in a cliffhanger, but they may face something even scarier – spoilers.
It’s back for another season and tonight’s first episode was an absolute corker – but it’s getting a little bit close to home for our liking.
The BBC show’s first season, aired in November 2022, was a viral sensation as contestants entered a big old castle hoping to go home with some cash.
Three ‘traitors’ are picked from the lineup of contestants and their role is to ‘kill off’ (metaphorically, of course) one player per night.
But, all the other contestants – called ‘faithfuls’ – have the job of sussing out who the three traitors are in order to banish them from the game.
At the end of the game, if a traitor is still standing, they will take all of the £120,000 prize money. If only faithfuls remain, they have won and the jackpot will be split between them.
Happy New Year everyone, because The Traitors is back once again (Picture: BBC)
Looks innocent enough… or does he? (Picture: BBC)
The smile of a…. Traitor! (Picture: BBC)
Tense times indeed, as Claudia Winkleman returns as the perfect, bringer-of-bad-news host to the nail-biting reality show.
Warning: episode one spoilers ahead. We repeat: spoilers ahead.
Tonight, the three traitors were chosen – Paul, Harry and Ash – from the 22 contestants, but, as ever, there was a twist.
Claudia revealed the three traitors would be bringing a fourth into their sinister fold – and it would be their choice of who.
Will they bring in someone with leadership qualities, but who might expose them? Will they go for a weak link to make them a target? Or will they go with the person who is already pointing fingers?
It’s a weird psychological maze, and we are so ready for this.
But after that mega cliffhanger, the BBC dropped a real bombshell for those playing along with their theories at home.
Usually airing every night, the next two episodes of the show are already available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
As of the fourth episode, the series will be aired each night in a linear fashion as usual.
But while the BBC did this with the first few episodes in the first series too, fans did not quite realise this – and things got pretty heated online as a result.
Harry is a traitor. and seems like he’s going to be ruthless (Picture: PA)
Ash is also a traitor – and seemed to get a tiny bit overwhelmed at the job (Picture: PA)
Paul is a natural born traitor, we’re afraid to say (Picture:PA)
‘Looking for more? Episodes 2 and 3 are on iPlayer for you to watch NOW! Or you can watch on BBC One at 9pm over the next couple of nights. Keep Twitter spoiler free as possible, don’t be a Traitor,’ a fan page, @BBCTheTraitors warned on X, formerly Twitter.
Fans were totally up in arms about the batch episode drop as many like the interactive element to the show that comes with live reveals.
‘I don’t like that they’ve put the next episode on iplayer. #TheTraitors is one of only social television programmes I can remember in a while, where everyone’s watching along together and talking about it at work the next day. Would be good to keep it that way,’ wrote @husseybyname on X, formerly Twitter.
User @ASonNamedBort took a strong stance on the turn of events: ‘Everyone tweeting spoilers for the Traitors episodes which are only on iPlayer is going to hell btw.’
But others – with serious ‘traitor’ vibes – were delighted at the availability of the next episodes.
‘And now over to iPlayer for the first three episodes of The Traitors; what a night to be alive,’ wrote @fplchancer.
Now the viewers – just like the contestants – are also divided, it’s all getting a little, er, Black Mirror for our liking.
One aspect of the show everyone was totally agreed on though, was the new Traitors icon that is Diane.
‘Obsessed with Diane,’ wrote @sophielmg, ‘she is the main character already.’
‘She’s single handedly doing the PR for Karens everywhere with her “can I speak to the manager” look. Might have to stan,’ added @putasinghonit.
One fan theory that really would play up to the show involving the audience in the game came from @nikerlina, as they wrote: ‘It would be really good if there was a traitor we, the audience, didn’t know about and it’s revealed at the end what they’ve been doing behind the scenes to mess with everyone.;
Now we’re talking.
PS, if you have not watched episode 2 look away right now…
(The fourth traitor is 36-year-old veterinary nurse Miles from Birmingham).
The others are Ash – a 45-year-old events coordinator from London; 22-year-old British army engineer, Harry, and 36-year-old business manager Paul.
The Traitors airs on BBC One at 9pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The first three episodes are available now on BBC iPlayer.
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