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When reality competition show The Traitors kicked off its exciting first American season last year, it did something instantly exciting: uniting regular civilians with notable alumni from the reality television universe, as they battled it out in a murder-mystery game straight out of the movies. Much like Clue or even Knives Out, the cast wandered a massive castle in the Scottish Highlands while trying to solve the whodunnit.
The premise is pretty straightforward: Some of the cast are selected as “Traitors” who try to secretly eliminate the “Faithfuls” and earn a large cash prize. The group completes physical and mental challenges to accumulate money and then regroup nightly to try to eliminate a perceived Traitor. However, the Season 1 group found themselves unsuccessful, as Survivor star Cirie Fields remained undetected and went home with the grand prize. The final episode was a brutal case study, as the non-reality contestants Quentin Jiles and Andie Vanacore went home empty-handed and heartbroken by Cirie’s betrayal.
Season 1’s tense finale seemingly prompted Peacock to compile a cast of solely reality show stars or similar headline-making celebrities for the show’s second season. Because of Cirie’s success, it was only a matter of time before another Survivor contestant, the Parvati Shallow, joined the cast, given that the concept centers around lies and deception—both things that she exceeded at four separate times on the sand.