The Bachelor Winter Games Began Filming & Dean Is Part Of The Cast

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The Bachelor Winter Games officially started filming in Vermont – and there are lots of photos to prove it! Not only did show creator Mike Fleiss confirm that the games had begun, but fans shared photos of cast members that will appear on the latest Bachelor spin-off show. Ben Higgins, Ashley Iaconetti and Clare Crawley, who have all appeared on the franchise more than once, were spotted competing in an event called The Bachelor Winter Games‘ “Arrival Celebration.”

Another noticeable cast member (who we’re ALL excited to see) is Dean Unglert! After the brutal season he had on Bachelor in Paradise, this might be his chance to redeem his character on reality TV. Reality Steve also shared a photo of Dean, who was all smiles next to Ben as they celebrated the show’s opening ceremony. The two looked adorable in matching hats and jackets.

There was no sign of Dean’s BFF, Peter Kraus, who was supposed to appear on The Bachelor Winter Games… at least not yet. While the show’s creator confirmed he would be back in October, others have said he’s pulled out of the commitment and will NOT be participating on the spin-off after all.

Considering he didn’t handle reality-TV-love too well on the Rachel Lindsay‘s season of The Bachelorette, he probably saved himself some heartache. On the other hand, we were really looking forward to seeing Dean and Peter’s on-screen bromance unfold again. Who knows, maybe he’ll surprise everyone. (Our fingers are crossed!)

Other Bachelor alums who are expected to make their return include Luke Pell, Eric Bigger, Lesley Murphy, Michael Garofola, as well as some other unfamiliar faces.

Meanwhile, one person we hope we don’t see is Nick Viall. After four failed attempts to find love on the show, we think he’s better off looking elsewhere. His ex, Vanessa Grimaldi recently opened up about life after their split, admitting the breakup wasn’t easy.

“It was important for me still to have a good relationship with him after we broke up,” she told Entertainment Tonight over the weekend. “That was an important thing for the both of us and we both very much support each other. [We talk] every once in a while. I have a lot of respect for Nick.”

Elsewhere in Bachelor Nation, new couples Rachel and Bryan Abasolo are still going strong, as well as Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk. Raven recently shared a photo, writing that she knew she wanted to keep Adam around right after Paradise. “I realized how ridiculous I was to [have] settled for anything less than Adam before…” she wrote. How cute!

Despite the fact that many couples don’t last, the ones that do make us realize that finding love on a TV show is possible. Now, we have a new show to look forward to! Mark your calendars because The Bachelor Winter Games premiere in February on ABC! Until then, we’ve got Arie Luyendyk Jr.‘s season of The Bachelor starting on New Years Day.