It was love at first sight for fans when Netflix premiered its reality series The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On in April 2022. The drama that ensued from already established couples living in a trial marriage with brand-new partners was too juicy to miss.
Why would a boyfriend or girlfriend agree to watch their significant other potentially fall for a complete stranger?
The concept is simple. One partner is ready to marriage. The other isn't. The partner hearing wedding bells issues an ultimatum. If there's no proposal after the Ultimatum experiment, then they've agreed to move on.
The point of living with another person is to see if the couples really can't imagine life without each other, or if they're intrigued by the idea of someone better. Does absence truly make the heart grow fonder?
And when is Season 2?!
When is the Season 2 premiere date for 'The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On'?
The first batch of episodes for Season 2 of The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On drops on Netflix on Aug. 23, 2023. This batch will include the first eight episodes.
The ninth and 10th episodes will then drop a week later on Aug. 10, 2023.
With hosts Nick and Vanessa Lachey back at the helm for the sophomore outing, Season 2 of The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On features five couples from North and South Carolina.
So, did Season 1 of 'The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On' actually work for the couples?
Spoilers for Season 1 below.
The Ultimatum was meant to be an experience that would strengthen existing relationships ... or end them. Interestingly enough, the concept worked for some of the contestants in ways they may not have imagined when they joined the show.
For example, April issued her ultimatum to her boyfriend, Jake. She made it clear from Episode 1 that she wanted to marry Jake and have kids with him. However, Jake was unsure about marrying April and quickly fell hard for his trial marriage partner, Rae.
At the Ultimatum reunion, April acknowledged that she had put a lot of pressure on Jake at and realized later that they really wouldn't have worked out in the long run. She ended up with a new man who adored her, so we'd say the show worked out for April just fine!
Madlyn and Colby were another surprise success story from Season 1 — they actually got married! Although Shanique and Randall got engaged in Season 1, they ended up calling off their engagement after the show ended, broke up temporarily, and then got back together. So, in hindsight, The Ultimatum did end up working for a lot of the contestants ... just not necessarily in the way they expected.
You can stream all of Season 1 of The Ultimatum now on Netflix before Season 2 drops on Aug. 23 (Episodes 1–8) and Aug. 30 (Episodes 9–10).