This week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race went off with very few surprises. That is until Mama Ru summoned Chad and Alaska to return in their handmaid costumes in preparation to reveal the season’s big twist.
Just before the return of the past All Stars winners, it was Bebe Zahara Bonet and Trixie Mattel lip syncing for their legacy in the Top 2 — wins that both of them desperately needed.
Trixie was supposed to be the frontrunner heading into the season but remained safe every episode so far until last week when she was nearly eliminated. (Trixie fans are still recovering from Shangela’s fakeout last week though, so we won’t dwell on it!)
Meanwhile, Bebe returned to the competition after winning the first ever season of Drag Race, so she had a lot to prove in order to not jeopardize her legacy. But after failing to deliver anything special or memorable week after week, she really needed a win to prove she deserved to be here.
So after an Andy Warhol-inspired runway in which our queens had to both make their own Studio 54 costume and decorate a giant can of soup, Trixie and Bebe finally landed on top. And it was Aja and Shangela (fresh off a win the week before), who faced elimination.
Bebe won the lip sync and sent Aja home. And, despite getting a huge redemption after doing poorly in Season 9, it certainly seemed more reasonable than getting rid of Shangela. The Hallelloo queen has been killing it this season and already has two wins under her belt — no easy feat with BenDeLaCreme around!
Aja actually helped Bebe sew her dress, so to then be sent home by her has got to sting. But there was no time for tears because, after teases left us waiting in anticipation all season long, RuPaul finally called Chad and Alaska back to the stage.
The OG All Stars have been stalking our contestants in their Handmaid’s Tale outfits all season long and have finally been called upon to reveal the twist they have up their long red sleeves.
When Ru asks the queens how many of her eliminated girls they were able to capture, three queens returned to the stage. And while their faces were covered by their bonnets, we’re led to believe that these are previously eliminated contestants who have returned for their revenge.
But the gag is, there were only three queens on stage, but it’s actually five who have gone home. So who wasn’t invited back? And what does it all mean?
Previews for next week showed Ru declaring that they were here for their revenge, but are they actually coming to compete? Or are they just here to shake things up by somehow throwing a wrench into the competition?
And what about the widely spread rumor that Bebe is a mole? Many people thought she may have been spying on the other contestants for Ru this whole time and would join the eliminated queens in helping to vote off one of the contestants. But Bebe’s win tonight would feel like a waste if she wasn’t really playing the game (Trixie could have had that!) and the reveal likely would have happened as this week’s cliffhanger.
Instead, we’re left with more questions than answers heading into next week, but it’s exciting to know we’ll finally find out the big shocker of the season.
And while you super sleuths put on your detective caps to try to figure out what Chad and Alaska are up to, don’t forget that the Season 10 queens were also announced at the end of the All Stars episode. Head here to read our break down of the upcoming cast and then head to Twitter to let us know what you think next week’s big All Stars twist will be.
Adam Salandra is an Entertainment Editor for FANDOM. He spends most of his time untucking in the Interior Illusions Lounge watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, but isn’t afraid to get down and dirty with trashy reality TV, too.