For all its laudable elements, one of the best qualities of Unreal is its ability to keep viewers on their toes. From a storytelling perspective, it has already proved adept at avoiding the predictable route, in contrast to reality competitions in which the winner seems telegraphed from the get-go. In fact, this played out for viewers much as it did for Quinn in the pilot: Britney (Arielle Kebbel), who was poised to emerge as "the villain," was the first contestant voted off. All at once, Everlasting and Unreal lost a character that appeared central to their DNA.
This isn't Game of Thrones, of course, but there's something to be said for a much smaller story that makes unexpected diversions. Unreal's surprises don't just exist within Everlasting, of course. At first, it looked like Rachel might wind up back with her ex-boyfriend Jeremy (Josh Kelly) — and while they did fall back into bed together, he shut that down. Similarly, the sexual tension between Rachel and Adam has been clear since the pilot, but she refused to give in despite the mutual attraction. On shows like The Bachelor, producers are always meddling behind the scenes, creating a narrative that only slightly resembles reality. Here, the writers of Unreal are screwing with us, too — but the cause, good storytelling, is nobler.