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'MAFS' Season 15: What is Stacia's biggest fear about her relationship with Nate? Stacia's distrust tires Nate out

At their table in a vineyard, Stacia Karcher explains to Nate Barnes once more why she doesn't trust him
Nate Barnes and Stacia Karcher in 'Married at First Sight' Season 15 Episode 16 (Twitter/MAFSLifetime)
Nate Barnes and Stacia Karcher in 'Married at First Sight' Season 15 Episode 16 (Twitter/MAFSLifetime)

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: Stacia Karcher and Nate Barnes have had several high points on 'Married at First Sight', but it appears that no matter how hard Nate tries, it's not enough for Stacia. According to a recent network preview, Nate is tired of proving his love to Stacia, which may influence his decision on Decision Day.

Stacia has many boundaries and often questions Nate's motives. At the same time, Nate has gone above and beyond to prove his devotion through his deeds. He's willing to go all the way with Stacia, from getting a tattoo to enrolling in therapy, if she allows him. So, what is it that Stacia wants from Nate now?


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Are 'Married at First Sight' newlyweds Nate and Stacia just going through the motions already? In an exclusive sneak peek of Wednesday's all-new episode of the Lifetime series, Stacia discloses her deepest fear about her relationship with Nate, and Nate isn't pleased. It all stems from Nate's never having been in love before. "I feel like sometimes, you not ever having that feeling [of love], I don't know if you'll ever have that feeling," Stacia says to a perplexed Nate, who asks, "Why? Why do you think that?" Stacia responds, "Because you've never experienced it," to which Nate responds that he has had "puppy love" before. That, however, "doesn't count" with Stacia. She cares more about "serious adult relationships."

"It's one of my concerns. Being in a relationship for two years and not loving a person, living with them," Nate is informed by her. "Like, I don't want to be in a loveless relationship where we're living together, we're sharing bank accounts, we have a kid." Stacia observes that Nate goes "through the motions" every morning, giving her a hug and even caressing her. "But I just kind of feel like if you were in love with me, it would kind of be just a little bit deeper."

"That kind of hurts my feelings," Nate says to his wife, "but I do care about you." She replies, "I'm not saying that you don't." To which he responds, "Yeah, but you said it like you feel like it could be deeper. That's messed up. ... Because it's like you're saying that my affection is not enough." While Stacia swears she did not say that, Nate is clearly agitated, questioning what she is trying to say if not that. Nate retorted angrily, stating that was messed up, and she was making it sound like his adoration was insufficient. There were just too many shaky justifications for why Nate's best attempts weren't enough for her. She reaffirmed her inability to feel the "burning desire of love" she expected.

"I'm just trying to say, I feel like you don't have the burning desire," Stacia continues. "I feel like we're going through the motions sometimes in the apartment." Nate replies, "That is one of my concerns. I'm gonna be flat-out honest with you. I feel like I'm not gonna be able to make you happy and please you, and I feel like you're gonna get bored very easy, and you're gonna feel like I'm not in love with you." Stacia presses down, "But you don't love me. Right?" Nate asks, "If you don't feel that burning desire right now, and you feel like we're going through the motions, that's a red flag to me."

Nate reminded her that she was insane to assume he was just going through the motions when he had a full-fledged tattoo on his hand. Nate had been really patient with Stacia up until this moment. He firmly declared, "I'm not going to be married to somebody like that," and walked away.

'Married at First Sight' airs on Lifetime on Wednesdays at 8 pm ET.