It might be a reality show, but how much of Netflix’s Love Is Blind is actually real? Fans have debated for a while whether the series is scripted, mainly arguing over the producers’ involvement. And with the season 2 premiere date approaching, the question still hangs in the air.
Keep reading to find out if Love Is Blind is scripted and more details on season 2.
After season 1 began in February 2020, online users questioned the spontaneity of the show, especially regarding the multiple engagements that occurred.
“How much of the show is scripted?” one fan asked in the comments of the would-be groom’s post. Instead of Mark answering, his sister stepped up to handle the question for him. “None of it!” she answered simply.
Mark and fellow contestant Jessica Batten’s engagement quickly fizzled out, though, by the season finale when she left him alone at the altar, fueling more fans to doubt the accuracy of the series and its relationships. Mark went on to date and propose to his new fiancé Aubrey Rainey, whom he met after the season wrapped. He now shares two children with her.
However, it turns out that the Love Is Blind showrunners were just as surprised by how many couples they ended up with that season. “We had actually more success on this show, from that standpoint, than we were even able to document,” series creator Chris Coelen revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly at the time.
“As a producer, I was kind of nervous like, is anybody actually gonna get engaged?” he recalled. “Is anyone going to make it to the altar. In the end, we actually had more couples get engaged than we were able to follow. … We only have so much time to tell a story, but there are lots of interesting stories.”
Nevertheless, former star Rory “Drybear” Newbrough seemingly spilled the tea about how many romances the producers had actually prepared for. After he popped the question to now-ex-fiance, Danielle Drouin, he spoke with Women’s Health in February 2020. In the interview, Rory explained how the production team broke the news that not every couple would continue on with the show.
“They were like, ‘We were expecting one or two [engagements], not eight! We set up to film five!'” Rory explained at the time. “They just kind of gave us our phones back and said ‘Good luck, thanks for joining us, but we just can’t cover your story.'”
As for season 2, fans will just have to use their judgment to decide its realism as events unfold. Season 2 is scheduled to premiere on February 11, 2022.