Netflix’s latest new reality TV show The Trust A Game Of Greed is topping the charts on the streaming giant, but viewers are split on whether or not they like the show. However, the lack of game theory demonstrated by the eleven cast members, and some of the poor decisions made by them, has some asking if the show is real. The fact almost everyone wanted to trust one another right from the get-go seemed fishy to some viewers. So, is The Trust fake and scripted reality TV? We’ve got some signs it may be both real, yet partially scripted.
Some The Trust viewers on Reddit’s r/TheTrustAGameofGreed started a thread wondering why the cast members sound like they’re speaking poetry. One top commenter said the scripting is obvious.
“I don’t know about poetry but the scripting is OBVIOUS. I hate it when producers over produce. Just let people say how they feel however it comes out!” said user clandestine.
However, The Trust competitor Brian Firebaugh stepped into the conversation and claimed it’s 100% real.
“I am Brian in the show. There was zero scripting. I was never once told or urged to say a single word,” the reality TV star wrote in response.
“Brian, I’m not new to reality television. No one talks straight to camera without so much as an ‘um’ and is perfectly articulate in one take. Sorry, not buying it.”
So, is Brian, one of the supposedly most trustworthy competitors in the game, telling the truth?
Is The Trust Fake? Netflix Show’s End Credits Suggest It’s At Least Partly Scripted
The end credits of the show include a list of six story producers involved in producing The Trust. Most “unscripted” reality TV in fact has story boards and story writers coming up with conflict and drama to in included in a show. It appears The Trust is no different. The eleven cast members not acting in self-interest, but opting to not vote each other out in the third round of voting should’ve been a clue.
Also, millionaire Bryce Lee suddenly deciding he feels guilty about not owning up to his secret about being a young millionaire also looked contrived. Then there’s the hard-to-believe coincidence Julie Theis and Jay Patterson just so happened to both vote for Simone Stewart. Furthermore, without anyone knowing who you’re voting for, or how many people voted for each person, being honest to the group doesn’t make a lot of sense when it comes to game theory. That said, perhaps Netflix truly did cast eleven mostly trusting individuals who would rather share the grand prize of $250 million USD with strangers, and also trusted those people not to betray them.
In conclusion, some of the drama does appear to be manufactured by the production team. With that in mind, it still looks like the cast generally had free will to make decisions when casting votes and ultimately who ended up at the end of the game’s filming in the villa in the Dominican Republic.