'The Circle' Season 4: Bru's alliance with Yu Ling on shaky ground after 'throuple collapse'

With Alyssa gone, Bru begins to doubt his camaraderie with Yu Ling, his remaining 'throuple bestie'


                            'The Circle' Season 4: Bru's alliance with Yu Ling on shaky ground after 'throuple collapse'
Josh Brubaker in 'The Circle' Season 4 (Netflix)
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Bru had to choose between being loyal and strategic, and sent one of his "throuple besties," Alyssa, home. Alyssa, the first contestant to be blocked this week, has raised concerns regarding alliance and trust in 'The Circle.'

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If observing every season of 'The Circle' has taught contestants anything, it's that they must create alliances. That wasn't the case during Season 1, when no one had ever seen the show or quite grasped its concept. However, once Season 2 was released and everyone knew the score, the gameplay became much more heated. Don't get us wrong — Season 4 has also been very engaging, and each player already feels like a member of our "social circle." However, when it comes to alliances, this season has been a complete disaster.

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Josh Brubaker in 'The Circle' Season 4 (Netflix)

The traditional way an alliance works in the game is when a group of players — preferably three — all commit to rank each other first and second, guaranteeing that at least one or two members become influencers. We're not there yet in Season 4 as there is no single alliance that has come close to sweeping this game. In episode 2, Alyssa, Yu Ling, and Bru established #TheHappyThrouple. However, by episode 8, after the Cyberattack, the partnership seemed to flounder. Yu Ling saves a new player, Rachel (with whom she formed the #InnerTrustCircle alliance with Frank), over her old friend, Alyssa, and the entire game crumbles like a Jenga.

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Bru was faced with an unenviable choice: save Alyssa, with whom he's been close with since Episode 2, or save "Carol," the other half of the game's sole solid alliance. And no matter who he chose, he wouldn't be able to resolve the alliance problems. In choice 1, he would block Carol, but then his only reliable ally would have been "Nathan," who owes his play to Rachel and is "flirting" with Yu Ling. In choice 2, he would block Alyssa, cementing an even more powerful connection with Carol, who... um, has no affiliations or even friendships. But losing faith in his previous throuple, Bru chooses to save #MommaCarol (after he watches Yu Ling not save either him or Alyssa).

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Following Alyssa's departure, words are exchanged in the #CircleGroupChat, with people throwing shade at each other and questioning friendship and loyalty. Yu Ling invites Bru to a private chat to talk about how the recent elimination has affected him. Yu Ling, whose only defense is that she expected Bru to save Alyssa rather than Carol (who is suspected to be a catfish by almost every other contestant). She wanted to know the reason behind his choice. She claimed that she needed to gain Frank's trust, so she chose Rachel, with whom they had created the new #InnerTrustCircle alliance.

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When questioned why he didn't choose Alyssa, Bru felt Yu Ling was trying to blame him entirely. He justified his decision, explaining that he lost belief in their #throuple after seeing Yu Ling save someone else over him or Alyssa. So he had to go with someone he could entirely trust, in this case, #MommaCarol.

Yu Ling extends an olive branch in the hopes of regaining Bru's trust and helping each other in their respective games. Yu Ling's reservations regarding Bru were long gone after the chat as Bru had earlier opened up about his lack of self-confidence. Yu Ling believes Bru is now being completely honest, and she can trust him again, despite this tiny hiccup in their relationship.

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Bru, on the other hand, is once again being quite strategic. After meeting Alyssa in person and discussing Yu Ling's decision, he is on the fence about trusting Yu Ling again. Bru believes Yu Ling has a lot of support in 'The Circle,' and that she may easily become an influencer for the second time. He claims to accept the olive branch from Yu Ling, expecting she will be under the impression that she can still trust him.

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Josh Brubaker in 'The Circle' Season 4 (Netflix)

Season 4 of 'The Circle' is currently streaming on Netflix

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