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Brace Yourselves For Netflix's 'Unmissable' Love Is Blind Season 5 Reunion

It's not live, but it's bound to be messy.
  • Love Is Blind Season 5 couple Lydia and Milton (Photo: Netflix)
    Love Is Blind Season 5 couple Lydia and Milton (Photo: Netflix)

    Love Is Blind's messiest season yet is going out with a bang. Netflix has announced that Season 5 will culminate in a dramatic reunion special on Sunday, October 15 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT, hosted by (who else?) Nick and Vanessa Lachey. After the live-streaming fiasco this spring, the Love Is Blind Season 5 reunion will be pre-taped, but Netflix promises it will still deliver "unmissable" confrontations and major revelations about which couples are still together.

    As has been the case in the past, the special reunites the Houston-based cast for the first time since the experiment ended in June 2022. The reunion gives the two couples who made it to the weddings — Lydia and Milton, and Stacy and Izzy — a chance to update viewers on their relationship status, but the real intrigue revolves around other members of the Pod Squad, including Uche (who dated Lydia before filming and accused her of following him onto the show), his pod lover Aaliyah, and Johnie and Chris, who began dating in the real world.

    Are any of these couples still together — and are any of them back together? What was it like watching their own relationships and behavior play out on screen? Does JP own anything that's not red, white, and blue? The Lacheys will attempt to get to the bottom of these issues, but if their performance in previous seasons is any indication, viewers may be left with more questions than answers when all is said and done.

    While Netflix promises that the reunion will see the cast "reflect on their relationships, break down this season's twists and turns, and unveil secrets that have unfolded since the experiment concluded," there's plenty of off-screen drama for the Lacheys to explore, too. Last week, TikTok user @storytimewithrikkii claimed that Renee and Carter, who appeared in early episodes in the pods, got engaged and made it to the altar (where Renee said "I don't"), but their storyline was allegedly removed from the final cut after Carter threatened production. (Primetimer has reached out to Netflix for comment.)

    Additionally, on October 6, Variety reported that Season 5 contestant Tran Dang alleged she was sexually assaulted by her ex-fiancé Thomas Smith during filming. Dang filed a lawsuit against production companies Kinetic Content and Delirium TV, alleging negligence and false imprisonment. In a joint statement, Kinetic Content and Delirium TV denied the allegations, saying in part: "Ms. Dang's claims against the producers are meritless. We document the independent choices of adults who volunteer to participate in a social experiment. Their journey is not scripted, nor is it filmed around the clock. We have no knowledge or control over what occurs in private living spaces when not filming, and participants may choose to end their journey at any time."

    While it's unlikely the Season 5 reunion will address any of these controversies, we can at least hope that someone will bring up the godawful edit that suggests Renee (who's wearing all white!) attended the wedding dress shopping day as Lydia's moral support. Someone must be held accountable for Love Is Blind's sins — and with After the Altar still many months away from hitting Netflix, the reunion may be our only chance to find out the truth.

    The Love Is Blind Season 5 finale drops Friday, October 13 on Netflix, followed by the reunion on Sunday, October 15 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT. Join the discussion about the show in our forums.

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: Love Is Blind, Netflix, Nick Lachey, Vanessa Lachey