‘The Bachelor’: Who Will Be This Season’s Villain?

Some people watch The Bachelor for the romance, the boy meets girl, falls in love, and lives happily ever after fairytale nature of it all. But those of us who have been around Bachelor nation long enough know that the real draw of the show is the villains. There are only so many touching moments and confessions of love that people can watch without getting bored. That’s where the villains come in. They shake things up and keep the show interesting.

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The cast of Peter Weber’s season was just announced, but there are already rumors about who this season’s villain will be.

The role of the villain on ‘The Bachelor’

Villains in the Bachelor world are not the same as they are in movies and traditional tv shows. The person is never actually evil. They may even really be there for the right reasons. The villain is typically just a person who doesn’t get along with the rest of the cast. Everyone in the Bachelor mansion knows that the villain is not right for the lead, except the lead. The antagonist also typically makes it pretty far each season leaving the rest of the contestants annoyed and audiences throwing things at the television.

Can villains be redeemed?

In early seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, once a person became a villain, there was no way of changing the public’s mind. Now, with Bachelor in Paradise, audiences get to see villains in a new light, giving them the opportunity to change the public’s perception of them.

“You saw the villains get redemption and those are sometimes the best stories that we tell,” Robert Mills ABC’s Senior Vice President of Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night Programming told ET of past seasons of BIP. “I think that’s when we started to say nobody can ever be discounted.”

Nick Viall was public enemy number one after his two seasons on The Bachelorette, but when he went on BIP, he showed a softer side of himself and won audiences over so completely that he became the next Bachelor.

Krystal Nielson and Chris Randone were each villains of their respective seasons before they met in Paradise. There love story was enough to take them out of the villain category for good. 

Who will be the villain of Peter Weber’s season?

Now that the women of Weber’s season have been announced, rumors have been floating around about who will take on the villainous role.

According to multiple sources, Victoria Fuller is a frontrunner to be the villain as she has reportedly dated multiple married men in the past. Reality Steve also revealed that the contestant was kicked out of a bar after arguing with another person from the show.

Sounds like the makings of a villain to us.

When does ‘The Bachelor’ return?

The promos for Weber’s season of The Bachelor have already started airing, including some that feature former Bachelorette Hannah Brown. We will have to wait until the show airs to see what role Brown will play in this season.

The Bachelor premieres on Monday, Jan 6.