Unlike After the Altars of years past, Love is Blind: After the Altar season 4 brings everyone together—including exes Zack and Irina.
For those who didn’t catch the Love Is Blind season 4 reunion in all of its messiness and tech snafus, the get-together was filled with plenty of highs, but not necessarily for Irina. She’s gone down in pod squad history for poor treatment of her fiancée and cohorts, particularly Amber. Her behavior, and that of pod BFF Micah, was widely criticized online throughout the season, and it seemed like there would be no hope for redemption.
Then came the flag football tourney in After the Altar. Couples, exes and singles from the fourth season of the Netflix series joined together for some friendly competition and community.
“I mean, the idea is for everybody to try to squash the beef, you know,” Zack said in the teaser trailer. But does he follow his own words of wisdom when his ex is concerned?
Did Zack and Irina make up in ‘After the Altar’?
Although there were plenty of apology tours happening throughout After the Altar, Zack and Irina seemingly did not even interact with one another. She had offered an “I’m sorry” to Amber, whom she laughed at during her breakup with Paul, but the exes didn’t reunite, as far as we saw. Kudos to them for being able to co-exist in the same space, but we were a little surprised to see the lack of interaction, especially considering her behavior led to Love Is Blind history: the first time someone would propose to their second choice.
Ahead of the April 2023 reunion, Zack revealed to TODAY that he hadn’t been in contact with his former fiancée.
“I have not talked to Irina since Mexico. She sent me text messages, but I honestly never responded to any of them,” he confessed.
But that didn’t necessarily mean he was still harboring feelings of resentment. According to another interview with The Tab that was published around the same time, Zack had made peace with the disastrous connection.
“I’ve forgiven her for what happened. She knows what she did. And she’s definitely dealing with an amplified backlash from it,” he said.
Though Irina issued an apology for her behavior on Instagram, it was not well received by the public. However, she has seemingly made things right with the rest of the pod squad, as she’s seen getting together with Micah and her childhood best friend, Shelby, and enjoying the flag football game.
Perhaps there is room for forgiveness, even if the former couple chooses not to interact with one another. At least they were able to come together in the name of a good game! We’ll admit, the drama was fairly tame during After the Altar compared to the rest of the season. If anything, Irina and Micah were not the agents of chaos during the catch-up—we can all thank Monica’s resurgence for that!
Love Is Blind: After the Altar season 4 hits screens on Friday, September 1.