Here’s Where the Couples From Netflix’s The Ultimatum Are Now

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Not gonna lie: this writer mostly clicked on Netflix’s The Ultimatum because it reminded him of Matt Damon driving an NYPD cruiser over a toll booth and punching some dude through a book. But one sticks around for other kinds of drama. And after eight episodes—leading up to the finale, which is infuriatingly one week away—punching someone through a book feels less extreme than the forced couples swing retreat hosted by the singer from 98 Degrees and Special Agent Jane Tennant from NCIS: Hawaii.

To recap this fever dream for those seeking google solace before the final episode: six couples are looking to find marriage in an Austin hotel room. Each couple includes one partner who wants marriage and one partner who is …. kinda not sure, because it’s only been a two-year relationship, ya know? Partner #1 issues an ultimatum to Partner #2. Either Partner #2 will be ready for marriage at the end of “the experience” (the show), or Partner #1 will gently consider an extension on this absurdly rigid proposal and communicate their feelings through couples counseling. Just kidding. Partner #2 will bend the knee or Partner #1 will leave them forever.

To help Partner #2 make this decision, everyone will be paired up with a different partner for a trial marriage, during which time each partner will live with this new partner for 3 weeks. (Swinger math: six heterosexual couples equals twelve people swapping partners.) After these three weeks, they will return to their previous/real partner for another 3 weeks and have a trial marriage with them, too. After those 3 weeks, Partner #2 (or Partner #1, now realizing that maybe they weren’t ready for the ultimatum, either) will commit or quit.

The experiment is designed to help partners solidify their feelings for each other by forcing them into relationships with total strangers in the reality TV hope that they will fall for the stranger instead. And by God, it might have actually worked.

Here’s what happened to all the couples (to the best of our knowledge; we’ll update when we know more) at the end of “the experience.”

Alexis Maloney and Hunter Parr

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Who gave the ultimatum: Alexis

Alexis’ swing partner: N/A

Hunter’s swing partner: N/A

Standing up for herself and her feelings in one of the most unironic moments in Netflix reality TV history, Alexis made an announcement: this entire is concept is bullshit, and she’s not going to sit here and watch the man she loves date another woman.

That man, Hunter, either having an epiphany of commitment, or sensing a very, very dire situation unfolding, walked over and proposed to Alexis. They went home. They won before the show even started.

Lauren Pounds and Nathan Ruggles

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Who gave the ultimatum: Nathan

Nathan’s swing partner: N/A

Lauren’s swing partner: N/A

Propsals are contagious. Following Alexis and Hunter’s utter disregard for the concept of the show (i.e., their honesty), and definitely sensing that he was in trouble, Nathan proposed to Lauren—the woman he wanted to marry despite her not being sure if she wants kids. Well, they didn’t figure that one out, but it seems like they were going to couple’s therapy after. So good for them.

Fun fact: you can see both show hosts visibly panic after losing another couple before the games could even begin.

Randall Griffin and Shanique Imari

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Who gave the ultimatum: Shanique

Shanique’s swing partner: Zay

Randall’s swing partner: Madlyn

The rest of the couples participated in “the experience” (they never call the show a “show” or “reality” anything). Randall and Shanique paired off with Madlyn and Zay. Randall and Madlyn seemed to have one of the more-instant connections, and going into the finale, it still seems unclear whether or not Madlyn will accept Colby’s proposal, or if Randall will accept Shanique’s.

While the participants on the show likely aren’t allowed to post spoilers (i.e., their life) on Instagram before the finale, our friends over at Women’s Health stalked every couple’s Venmo history—which is very public and, apparently, very revealing. What they found for Randall and Shanique was that Randall seems to have been paying for “suit tailoring.”

They’re optimistic Randall and Shanique tied the knot.

Colby Kissinger and Madlyn Ballatori

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Who gave the ultimatum: Colby

Colby’s swing partner: April

Madlyn’s swing partner: Randall

While Madlyn was having a great time with not-Colby (Randall), Colby was more or less biding his time with April. (Both Colby and April made the ultimatum to their partners, and they saw no point in entertaining any marriage fantasy; they instead had a generally platonic relationship filled with support and mutual hype. Honestly, what a wholesome outcome.)

Colby’s Venmo history? Apparently, he paid someone in November for “bachelor party.” That’s a good sign?

April Marie and Jake Cunningham

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Who gave the ultimatum: April

April’s swing partner: Colby

Jake’s swing partner: Rae

While April was practicing patience with Colby, Jake seemed to be falling in love with Rae. We’re not sure about this one. It seems like they no longer follow each other on Instagram either.

Rae Williams and Zay Wilson

the ultimatum couples now


Who gave the ultimatum: Rae

Rae’s swing partner: Jake

Zay’s swing partner: Shanique

Given Rae and Jake’s connection, Zay seemed to be in the same boat as April—even though he was not the one who had given the ultimatum. They are also no longer following each other on IG.

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