Having watched up to episode five of Married at First Sight season three, I have some thoughts on who will stay together and who will choose a divorce. Of course, I really have no idea, but these are my theories at this time.
Tres and Vanessa:
This couple is going to make it. And I think the producers wanted to be sure of that. After last season's disastrous marriage results, including death threats, the show wanted a couple that was a sure thing. While the couple has had their issues, MAFS makes the couple look overwhelmingly positive.
This opinion may make me unpopular, but I do think this excellent pairing was also important to producers because Tres and Vanessa are African American. This is only the second African American couple to be represented, and the first pair (Monet and Vaughn) got a divorce.
Neil and Sam:
I'm not sure about Neil and Sam. I'm leaning towards the pair getting divorced, although their dedication to the relationship could push past this. Until Sam drove on the wrong side of the road and she saw the merits of Neil's calm personality, I didn't think they stood a chance.
I think Neil's passive nature is a challenge for strong willed Sam, and although she appreciates his respect for her and willingness to compromise, she might need more from the relationship. Additionally, in this episode, she doubted Neil's sincerity, which didn't look great for their marriage. There might be more about Sam's own concerns and insecurity in this than Neil's actual actions, but we can't be sure - this is reality TV and he could be trying to protect himself and make himself look good. We don't know.
The one reason I'm doubting my assessment about the divorce is because I remember a preview in which Sam says she was worried about being the reason her marriage could be ruined, which made it seem like the couple is still together. And I'm not sure that Neil would be quick to leave Sam because he believes in arranged marriage.
David and Ashley:
I'm torn. My initial thought was that they'd get divorced, but as the season progresses, I think they're getting better and better. Unlike Tres and Vanessa's instant chemistry, their relationship seems to be progressing in the right direction. Plus, David likes being a provider, which seems to be comforting to Ashley, who is restarting her career and less financially stable.
Ashley is opening up as the season goes on, and it's getting easier to like her. I found David likeable from the get-go, but Ashley's closed-off nature didn't give viewers the same instant connection. On today's episode, Ashley's openness to David's mom was great, and while she's still stiff, she's definitely opening up.
If I recall from a preview, David reaches out to another woman at some point, but I could be remembering incorrectly. If that is the case, I think the marriage could be at risk. But if that turns out to be false, I think this pair can make it.
What are your thoughts?