If you've been waiting to find out when your favorite Bachelor and Bachelorette stars would be coming together for another drama-filled summer on the beach in Mexico, your wait is now over. According to Deadline, Bachelor in Paradise Season 5 will premiere on Tuesday, Aug. 7, with a special two-hour episode. There's no word on whether or not we might see Jorge (or even Wells Adams) bartending this time around, but just knowing when new episodes will begin is exciting enough. Plus, it's already been teased that Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon's engagement will be featured on Paradise.
Hopefully, now that the premiere date has officially been announced, that means an official cast announcement won't take too long to follow. So far, ABC has remained mostly quiet about who might be on the show this season, but it seems likely that fans can expect to see standout contestants from both this year's edition of The Bachelorette and Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season of The Bachelor, which aired earlier this year.
Of course, we have to get through Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette first — we're only four episodes in, after all — but it's definitely exciting to be able to start the countdown to BiP, giving fans something to look forward to after Becca hands out her final rose and gets engaged.
So far, fans don't know much about the upcoming BiP episodes, but it makes sense. Being that it's still so early in Becca's season, it would be impossible to share which guys will be headed to paradise without spoiling what happens in the rest of the season.
However, during After The Final Rose after Arie's season finale, Chris Harrison invited Bekah Martinez to join the cast of BiP this summer, and although her appearance has yet to be officially confirmed, it does seem likely that she'll be on the show.
And remember grocery store owner Joe, who was sadly eliminated on night one of Becca's Bachelorette season, despite the fact that he was instantly a fan favorite? It seems like Joe could be headed to paradise as well. Last month, Chris tweeted that he hoped they had grocery stores in paradise, which seemed to insinuate that we could expect to see Joe there. And if there's any good in this world at all, we will.
There are plenty of unconfirmed rumors like these floating around, but the only thing we know for sure is that Ashley and Jared's engagement was filmed for an episode, and knowing how emotional this has the potential to be, it seems like it could end up being pretty awesome. Together, this couple has been through the emotional wringer, and fans have seen their entire relationship play out on screen and on social media, with most of it happening on previous seasons of BiP. There couldn't have possibly been a better time or place for Jared to pop the question than on the beach where their love story first began.
No matter what happens on Bachelor in Paradise this season, it's practically guaranteed that we're in for plenty super entertaining episodes. Considering how dramatic Becca's season has been so far — and how controversial Arie's season was — ABC has plenty of interesting contestants to choose from. Combine that with the fact that we get to see Ashley and Jared finally get their happily ever after, and it looks like Season 5 might be the best season of BiP yet.
Now, we just need that official cast announcement. ABC, it's your move. Fingers crossed fans haven't seen the last of Joe the Grocer just yet.