At the end of the two-hour Married at First Sight premiere, viewers only got to see one of the three couples meet at the altar — and it didn’t exactly go well.
“I first see Ryan, my gut just says: ‘Oh man, like this is him?'” bride Jaclyn Methuen said on the show of her reaction to groom Ryan Ranellone. “The initial physical attraction really isn’t there right now.”
Although Ryan said he was a “happy camper” upon seeing Jaclyn for the first time, she added she was downright “disappointed” and expressed doubts about whether she could go through with the ceremony. The show ended with a cliffhanger as a nervous Jaclyn hesitated to say “I do.”
So, did Jaclyn agree to marry Ryan? Based on her reflections (and the fact that they’re supposed to appear on the rest of the season), it seems she eventually said her vows.
“I really know how to kill a mood,” she joked on Facebook after the episode. She added to someone who was puzzled by her reaction that she just didn’t have the best “initial gut feeling.” She explained, “I always thought I would just know exactly who my husband was when I met him. Probably because I’ve watched movies like The Notebook too many times!”
Another pointed out that first season participant Jamie Otis also wasn’t immediately attracted to Doug Hehner, but fell madly in love after getting to know him better. Jaclyn “liked” the comment.
In a post-wedding video for A&E, Ryan also defended Jaclyn’s reaction.
“I don’t think it was more so she really didn’t find me attractive,” he said. “I think it was more along the lines of she didn’t know who I was. Like, ‘I’m about to marry this goofy idiot up at the altar?’ Not like a blind date. A blind date you can run away from. This was like, ‘Here I am!'”
To see how Ryan and Jaclyn’s wedding pans out and to see the other couples’ reactions to each other, tune into Married at First Sight on A&E next Tuesday at 9/8c.