After a season of serious drama in the Mediterranean, Below Deck fans are looking forward to the show's original edition. Ben Robinson will still be around, of course, but instead of Captain Mark Howard, it'll be old favorite Lee Rosbach; instead of Hannah Ferrier, the show will return to stew extraordinaire Kate Chastain. Kelley Johnson will also be back, with his recent promotion surely adding a little spice to the show. His chief goal is redemption, but the other crew members might make his life on the yacht difficult.
In addition to the many familiar faces returning for more drama on Below Deck, there will also be several new cast members, including Nico Scholly, Lauren Burchell, Trevor Walker, Emily Warburton-Adams and Sierra Storm.
If casting for the new season is anything like it was for Below Deck: Mediterranean, things will get explosive quickly. Most of this drama will involve the crew, but there may also be some drama with Chastain's girlfriend, who accused her of assault just over a month ago. Will the new season shed some insight into Chastain's relationship issues? Viewers may never hear the full story, but some background information is sure to arrive when the show returns.
Perhaps the biggest conflict this season will be the traditional drama between the chef and chief stew. As Robinson mentioned during his tenure on Below Deck: Mediterranean, this is a really tough relationship to pin down. Whether he landed a new perspective while working with Ferrier or has simply had enough of Chastain, it's clear in the preview for the new season that Robinson's not happy.
Drama between crew members is always important, but the show will also feature some truly horrendous guests. I don't envy the stews who have to deal with these jerks, but ultimately, it's a good thing for the show — Below Deck is at its very best when Chastain and the rest of the crew members are retaliating against wayward vacationers.
All in all, it looks like an entertaining season of Below Deck is right around the corner. If you're sick of the Mediterranean and ready for another dose of traditional Below Deck craziness, you'll definitely want to tune in on Sept. 6 at 9/8c.
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