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What Are the Differences Between The Traitors Seasons 1 & 2?

If there's anything host Alan Cumming can be counted on for, it's drama, and this season is already delivering.

By Caitlin Busch
Alan Cumming on The Traitors Episode 201

This story contains spoilers for the first three episodes of The Traitors Season 2 on Peacock.

With the premiere of Peacock's The Traitors Season 2 comes new opportunities for sabotage and murder, as well as a host of new rules and elements. If there's anything host Alan Cumming can be counted on for, it's drama, and this season is already delivering.

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The first three episodes of The Traitors Season 2 premiered on Friday, January 12, with later episodes premiering every Thursday. We were anticipating that Season 2 would up the ante from the first season, but even in these first three episodes, the ante has really been upped. 

Read on to learn about the biggest changes between the first season and the latest one. Will more twists and turns follow out 21 players as they work to determine who among them is a Traitor and who is a Faithful? Only time (and Alan Cumming) will tell ...

An All-Celebrity Cast

The contestants of The Traitors Season 2

Not that Season 1 wasn't filled to the brim with drama and gasp-worthy moments, but the second it was announced that Season 2 would be all reality stars and famous faces all the time, we were even more pumped than before. What happens when you pit Michael Jordan's son Marcus against The Challenge all-star Johnny Bananas? Or how about a couple Love Island favorites (Carsten "Bergie" Bergersen and Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu) against a former Bachelor (Peter Weber)?

With big personalities and plenty of divas who are used to the spotlight — from a murderer's row of Bravo Housewives to a RuPaul's Drag Race star to a former member of the U.K. Parliament — these 21 competitors are bound to keep things interesting. 

Lala 

Deontay Wilder, Alan Cumming and Alan's dog Lala on The Traitors Episode 201

What's better than Alan Cumming dressed in kilts and sashaying around the Scottish highlands? His dog joining him for the ride, of course!

While his rescue dog Lala isn't one for the spotlight, she's more than happy to curl up next to her dad and take a good nap. You can be on the lookout for Lala throughout the series, where you'll find her quietly adding her star quality to the mix. Someone get that good girl a treat, ASAP!

Two Traitors Recruit a Third

Parvati Shallow on The Traitors Episode 201

If anyone was surprised that Alan only tapped two contestants — Phaedra Parks and Dan Gheesling — at the Round Table on the first night, you weren't alone. Season 1 saw Alan pick all three of the initial Traitors — Cirie Fields, Christian de la Torre, and Cody Calafiore — while in Season 2, Phaedra and Dan were tasked with recruiting their third partner in crime.

Watching the pair debate their choices in the second episode, "Welcome to the Dark Side," gave great insight into how their devious minds work. And choosing Survivor's very own "Black Widow," Parvati Shallow, is the kind of mastermind move that could win them the pot or prove to be their downfall.

Killing Off a Contestant "In Plain Sight"

Alan Cumming on The Traitors Episode 201

Of all the changes that took audiences and the Traitors aback alike, it was the moment when the traitorous trio realized they'd have to murder a contestant "in plain sight." In Season 1, all of the Traitors' murders were done under cover of darkness. So for Parvati to have to take up a rusted chalice and encourage a Faithful to drink from it in front of everyone else without realizing the end goal ... What a twist!

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Episode 3, appropriately titled "Murder in Plain Sight," ends with Parvati revealing that she's found the perfect target. But who will it be? And will Dan and Phaedra agree it's the right person to send to their grave?

New episodes of The Traitors Season 2 premiere on Peacock on Thursdays.

Catch up on all of The Traitors Season 1 on Peacock.

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