At the end of every season of a dating show, I find myself thinking about the way people — especially women — form friendships in a super strange environment.
You see it with every season of The Bachelor. While there may be sniping on camera, on Instagram, off-camera, you see glimpses of the women supporting each other. Like when, at the end of Honey Badger's season, the final two, Brittany Hockley and Sophie Tieman, both dumped, comforted each other and celebrated their friendship through the shock.
The way these women come out for one another proves, time and time again, that female friendships aren't "catty", even when, on something like The Bachelor, you're all competing for one man. Instead, they're a source of strength, power and loads of laughter.
Being in close proximity with someone, navigating a shared experience, forces you to forge close bonds — think of the best mates you made in drama class through high school, or how almost every roommate you've ever had, even in the UK, worked with you on the uni magazine (just me?).
With reality TV, these people have gone through something that only other people who went through it with them understand. Their friends and family who didn't spend three months in the MAFS bubble can't quite get it. And in the wake of online bullying, or even just the pressure of increased scrutiny as the season airs, these people often turn to each other.
Here's a look at the way the women of the Married at First Sight cast lifted each other up in the final weeks of the season: