Warning! The following contains spoilers for Big Brother All-Stars' finale. Read at your own risk!
Big Brother All-Stars is finally at an end, and while the season was fairly predictable, viewers were hit with a few surprises throughout the season. Of course, the fun could only go so far, and the guy we were all expecting to bring home the win did. He made the wrong decision the first time he picked a Final 2, but it looks like Cody Calafiore can finally breathe easy now that he's a Big Brother champion.
The night did have one major surprise in that Cody shocked the world by cutting Nicole Franzel, his ride-or-die Final 2, and took Enzo Palumbo to the end. The reasons for the decision were a bit unclear on finale night, though it seemed Cody was paranoid about making the same mistake of taking a stronger player to the end as he did in Season 16. Cody may have beaten Nicole either way, but who knows if the former winner could've pulled some magic on the jury in the final speeches? He certainly beat Enzo decisively, getting the game's only other unanimous win since Dan Gheesling won in Season 10.
I'm happy that the person who hustled for it the hardest won, but I think I can say I echo many in the fandom in saying it's time to retire Big Brother All-Stars. I know many believed this was the one thing we've all wanted for years, maybe even a decade, but in the modern era of Big Brother and social media, it's just not as fun as it once was.
Season 22 was a chance for fans to check in on some of their favorites, and also have their opinions of them change drastically. Meanwhile, some players in the house seemed more concerned about not upsetting their cultivated online fandoms than playing the type of game required to make it to the end of Big Brother All-Stars. The end result was a house with little adversity, which made it relatively easy for Cody Calafiore to run the house and pick off most players he wanted when the time came for them to go.
The opinions that Big Brother All-Stars Round 2 was a great season are seemingly few and far between, and while I'm completely fine with the idea of returning houseguests, but we don't need more than one or two in the house ever again going forward. And really, I'd prefer it if it wasn't someone who placed in the Top 3 so that we can get away from the trend of power players running the house.
Big Brother has a chance to get away from that in Season 23, and hopefully, the modern trend of majority alliances and comp beasts running the house may change. I'm realistic though, so when that isn't the case, I'm going to be rooting for at least one of the underdogs to score an early HOH and at least give us an equally divided house for the first time in a good while. Like, make next year's twist that alliances with more than four people get punishments! I'm totally on board with shaking the game up to that degree. Is it bad I'm already excited for next season, even after all that happened this year?
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