Bachelor In Paradise Season 8 - Here's What We Can Tell Fans So Far

One of the best things about summer, if you're a reality TV fan, is the fact that "Bachelor in Paradise" airs, making those humid weeknights in July and August all the more bearable. The spin-off series takes castoffs from both "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" — which usually air in the winter and then spring, respectively — and plants them on a beach, giving them a second shot at love. With way more tropical drinks.

As fans know, the coronavirus pandemic pushed the usually reliable filming and broadcast schedule of all Bachelor Nation shows, and Season 7 of "Bachelor in Paradise" both benefited and suffered for it. On a good note, there was a chance to bring back a whole slew of people, since they had skipped a summer of filming in 2020 and the "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" stars from that year weren't given a chance to go to Mexico, as former host Chris Harrison pointed out to Us Weekly. 

But this also meant that Season 7 was shorter than usual, airing just one night a week instead of two — and there were fewer episodes, per Cosmopolitan. But they were packed with drama. So now that the effects of the pandemic seem to be waning in Hollywood and more shows are churning out their content, will Season 8 of "Bachelor in Paradise" return around the same time? Here's what we know. 

Filming 'Bachelor In Paradise' can be tricky

One thing that didn't change about "Bachelor in Paradise" Season 7 was its release date. Like seasons past, the show premiered in early August, as it has always done. So there is no reason to believe that anything would prevent Season 8 from filming in late May and throughout June, premiering sometime in August 2022, barring another extreme event leading to a "Bachelor in Paradise" filming shutdown. Then again, there are other reasons that the show could get shut down or delayed. 

While filming Season 4, for example, production shut down for a short period after one of the show's stars, Corinne Olympios, alleged that sexual misconduct took place while filming. The shutdown put the premiere of the show in question for a bit, before ultimately airing about a week after it was originally scheduled to, per The Hollywood Reporter

As fans saw in Season 7, filming also shut down for a day because of a tropical storm that threatened to destroy the beach resort in Mexico, though it didn't hurt the premiere schedule one bit. So, as long as nothing goes down except for cocktail parties, heart to hearts with bartender Wells Adams, and rose ceremonies — and filming should go on without a hitch come Season 8. 

The casting options are endless

"Bachelor in Paradise" Season 7 had a ton of casting surprises. Not only did they have two "Bachelors" (Peter Weber and Matt James) and two and a half "Bachelorette" seasons to pull from (Hannah Brown's, and then Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams' split season), but the "BiP" casting producers really pulled from Bachelor Nation and brought in alums like Becca Kufrin, Kendall Long, Joe Amabile, and even Tia Booth for second, and sometimes third, chances at love. 

It made for an interesting season as alums mingled with relative newbies from the more recent seasons, and it's likely that all will be the same for Season 8. However, we won't know who they are just yet, as the filming schedule also reversed the filming and airing of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette." 

For some reason, instead of airing in the spring, Michelle Young's "Bachelorette" season will premiere in November, instead of Spring 2022. And one of her contestants will be the next "Bachelor," premiering in January 2022, as usual. It has been reported that Clayton Echard, one of her contestants, is the 2022 Bachelor, but since her season hasn't even premiered yet, that's all just conjecture. In any case, Season 8 of "Bachelor in Paradise" will include some of their contestants, and hopefully others from former seasons. And who knows? If Michelle and Clayton don't get engaged on their respective seasons, they could show up on the beach, too!

Everything else we know about Season 8

Everything in Bachelor Nation follows a certain pattern and "Bachelor In Paradise" is no different. But there have been some changes in the Bachelor universe, most notably longtime host' Chris Harrison's resignation, so it's unclear who will be the host of upcoming Bachelor franchises. 

For Season 7 of "Paradise," the show had a rotation of celebrity guest hosts and it largely worked, so they could do that again in the summer of 2022. Still, in September it was revealed that "Bachelor" alum Jesse Palmer would take on the hosting role for "The Bachelorette" and "The Bachelor" going forward, so he could take on Chris' role entirely and do the summer show. Per Variety, at the time of his signing, Jesse had only been confirmed for the two original franchises and that the hosting format for "BiP" was still in "flux," per Variety

Also per Variety, none of the series have been renewed past their current runs, but that is often the case for Bachelor Nation shows. So just sit tight and cross your fingers that the time until the next "Bachelor In Paradise" washes up on shore!