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5 Things We Learned During The Traitors’ Season 2 Reunion

5 Things We Learned During The Traitors’ Season 2 Reunion
5 Things We Learned During The Traitors’ Season 2 Reunion

The following contains spoilers from Thursday’s season finale of The Traitors.

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The traitors have officially been banished!

In this season’s shocking final installment, traitor Kate made a move to play CT and Sandra against each other — and it worked! The two-time Survivor winner was banished at the final roundtable, leaving CT, Trishelle, Kate and MJ to enter Alan’s fire of truth ceremony. But Kate’s identity became obvious and she was the first sent packing in a 3-1 vote. From there, doubt crept into Trishelle’s head, so instead of ending the game, she chose to vote again to take a shot at her in-game BFF CT. But after the vote resulted in a tie, the group voted again and MJ was eliminated, leaving Challenge vets CT and Trishelle as the Season 2 winners. (Read our full recap here.)

Bravo boss Andy Cohen reunited the cast for a one-hour-plus special that delivered heaps of drama, hurt feelings, an unexpected rose ceremony and more! Here are five things we learned from the cast during their epic post-game meet-up.

MJ Is Still (Very) Salty

MJ Is Still (Very) Salty
MJ Is Still (Very) Salty

It only took a few minutes for MJ to express her bitterness for how everything went down at the fire of trust. After calling out CT and Trishelle’s “manipulation,” Cohen asked the Shahs of Sunset star how she felt watching it all back. “Bamboozled, like grifter energy.” Her continuous interjections of shade throughout the hour caused Trishelle to blurt out, “Why are you still so mad at me MJ?” MJ replied that she wasn’t coming for Trishelle, but that CT was a “chump.” But the drama turned out to be far more serious than we ever could’ve imagined: MJ blocked both Trishelle and CT on Instagram (gasp!).

Then, Cohen asked her the question we’ve all been wondering: Why didn’t MJ switch her vote to CT in the final round, since she knew Trishelle was gunning for him? “Because it wasn’t about the money, it was about loyalty,” she said. “I didn’t feel a connection with [CT], but I had the loyalty because I knew you were a faithful. I don’t regret my choices, I regret their choices for vilifying themselves… The traitors were eliminated and the greedy people decided to make it a different game.”

Phaedra Accepted Peter’s Rose

Phaedra Accepted Peter’s Rose
Phaedra Accepted Peter’s Rose

There’s no bad blood between the two in-game nemeses. After Peter acknowledged that he and Phaedra “went at it,” he told her he respected her as a competitor. Then, he offered her a rose — Bachelor style! — which she gratefully accepted. “I’m so honored because when I came in, I was most excited to see Maks and Peter,” said Phaedra. “I’m a Bachelor Nation girl! When I saw him, I ran straight up to him like, ‘Oh my god!’ So I respected his game, but he could be a cult leader! He’s charismatic, he’s super attractive and people are drawn to him. And it caused problems for us leftovers because he was running the castle!”

…But She Called Dan ‘Trash’

…But She Called Dan ‘Trash’
…But She Called Dan ‘Trash’

Phaedra’s feelings for Dan weren’t so rosy. After Dan reiterated that he couldn’t see a way to the end with Phaedra in the game, the former Real Housewife just wasn’t having it. Her first reaction to Dan throwing her under the bus at the roundtable: “He’s a low-down son-of-a-bitch,” she said. “For [him] to pull that, I just thought he was just a piece of s–t.”

Dan said he still doesn’t regret taking the shot. “She was so well-insulated, so well-liked, no one suspected her and they barely got rid of her,” he said. “I was deathly afraid of being at the end with Phaedra with a couple Bravo people, she winks at them and I’m gone because I thought she was that good.”

Cohen asked Phaedra if Dan had a point: “No.” Well then!

Peppermint Was ‘Heartbroken’ by Her Early Exit

Peppermint Was ‘Heartbroken’ by Her Early Exit
Peppermint Was ‘Heartbroken’ by Her Early Exit

Peppermint said it was “upsetting” to be “suddenly cast out” of the show so soon. (She was banished way back in Episode 2.) With no proof, people had to go on their biases they brought into the game, which reminded her of a high school experience where she was the only out LGBTQ person at the time.

“In addition to this being an opportunity for entertainment, I understand that with all the anti-trans legislation in our country right now, this moment is bigger than just me coming to play a game,” she said. “Most people don’t know someone who’s trans in their personal life, which means that they learn about how to interact with us from TV. And so, I was heartbroken that I wasn’t able to see that a little longer.”

Cohen told her not to sell herself short, that she did accomplish what she set out to, while John called her a “brilliant person” who should hold her head up high. Awww!

The Bravolebrities Weren’t Ready for the Gamers’ Heat

The Bravolebrities Weren’t Ready for the Gamers’ Heat
The Bravolebrities Weren’t Ready for the Gamers’ Heat

There was clearly a divide between how the “gamers” played (players from competition series like Big Brother, Survivor and The Challenge) vs. how the other celebs (and Bravolebrities) approached things. Larsa said she was there to have fun and be on TV, but for others in the castle like Dan, Parvati and CT, they were there to play and play hard.

“We play games, we never take anything personally,” said Janelle. “Yes, we love everyone, but I would never take anything personally.”

The topic then prompted CT to apologize to MJ. “If it came off insensitive, I’m sorry. Coming from someone who’s done this for so long, I’m a bit numb to this kind of stuff, like a lot of us are, and this is your first real competition show.”

Dan then said he felt the same way about Phaedra. “I really like her and I don’t know if when this is over, if she’s really still mad at me and that’s it?” Her response was short and sweet: “I am.” Yikes!

What’d you think about The Traitors’ reunion? Grade the finale and season below, then light up the comments!

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