The traitors has finally made its way to the US after taking Europe by storm in 2022, and while some gameplay moves were questionable, others were brilliant. Based on the original Dutch series, which premiered in 2021, the American version featured ten regular contestants and ten reality TV stars. Celebrities included Older brother winner Rachel Reilly, Cottage star Kyle Cooke, and Reza Farahan from Shahs of sunset. While up to $250,000 was available to be won, the only way for any remaining faithful to share the prize was to banish all three traitors at the finale, as they would take all the money if they made it to the end.
Seen in the Scottish Highlands with the traitors’ Alan Cumming as host, the popular series may differ from its British counterpart, but it still featured an abundance of manipulative tactics, combined with sprinkles of drama as the 20 contestants tried to identify the liars in their group. With interesting challenges thrown into the mix, anything was possible The traitors, since anyone could quickly go from innocent to suspect. While plenty of game moves were made during the first season of The traitorssome immediately stood out for all the right (and wrong) reasons.
Best (For The Traitors): Brandi Glanville is banished
Brandi Glanville may be known as a controversial ex-Housewife from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hillsbut Brandi’s innate ability to read a room was on full display during her time The traitors. Although the traitors went undetected in several eliminations, Brandi correctly guessed that Christian de la Torre was not a faithful almost immediately. She too made her doubts about him blatantly obvious.
Fortunately for the traitors (and unfortunately for everyone else), the other faithful did not share Brandi’s Sherlock Holmes skills and ultimately decided to banish her. Brandi certainly didn’t deserve to be banished so soon, and even though she warned the other believers that they were being manipulated, that warning seemed to be ignored, in favor of the traitors.
Worst: Michael Davidson threatens to banish Geraldine Moreno
While Michael Davidson wasn’t a traitor, he painted an early target on his back when he announced that he would banish Geraldine Moreno at the next elimination. During the second team challenge, Michael became frustrated when Geraldine refused to share a map they needed to dig up their buried teammates. He told the former under deck chief stew Kate Chastain that he would vote Geraldine out as soon as he could. Naturally, this conversation was brought up by Kate at the round table, and Geraldine was banished for her sketchy behavior anyway. However, Michael could not prove that he was not a traitor, just a faithful one with anxiety. If Michael didn’t let his annoyance get to him at the challenge, he might have stayed longer.
Best: Cirie Fields throws Arie Luyendyk Jr. under the bus
Cirie Fields, widely regarded as one of the greatest players never to win Survivorwas determined to walk away from The traitors with the prize money, from the first moment she arrived at the castle. Although Rachel and Kate accused each other of being secret puppeteers all season, it was Cirie who ran the game from day one.
At the finale, Andie Vanacore and Quentin Jiles were the only stalwarts left, while Cirie and Bachelor Nation’s Arie Luyendyk Jr. was ready to share the prize money. However, instead of agreeing to end the game and split the money with Arie, Cirie made the incredibly risky decision to banish another player. In an attempt to eliminate the last traitor, Cirie suggested that Arie didn’t deserve to win. Arie could have immediately exposed Cirie as a traitor and blown her game, but to everyone’s surprise, Arie instead left the competition and revealed her identity. With Arie gone, Cirie voted to end the game and walked away, taking the full $250,000 prize for herself.
Worst: Cody Calafiore lies to Kyle Cooke
When Older brother season 16 runner-up and season 22 winner Cody Calafiore was announced as a The Traitor Participant, it was exciting to think whether he would win a lucrative prize for the third time. While Alan’s decision to choose Cody as a traitor was predictable, viewers didn’t expect Cody’s game to implode so quickly. After the traitors decided to assassinate Olympic athlete Ryan Lochte, Cody told Kyle that Ryan said to watch out for him, Rachel, and Andie. What Cody didn’t realize, however, was that Kyle and Ryan were closer than they looked; Kyle quickly called out Cody’s lie and immediately started telling people that Cody was a traitor. Despite Cody’s obviously awkward body language, Kyle ended up getting banished, but it wasn’t long before Cody followed him out the door. Cody’s attempt at strategizing completely flopped The traitorsbut at least his alliance with Derrick Levasseur on Older brother still fondly remembered.
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The traitors is available to stream on Peacock.