Kate Chastain Makes Surprise Return to “The Traitors” for Season 2: ‘I Think You Missed Me’ (Exclusive)

PEOPLE can exclusively reveal the season 1 star will be returning to Peacock series — and 'Big Brother' alum Dr. Will Kirby is coming along, too

Kate Chastain isn't done with The Traitors just yet.

PEOPLE can exclusively reveal the Below Deck breakout is coming back to the hit Peacock series later this season for a second go-around at the prize. Fans can watch her beginning with the Jan. 25 episode.

She's not the only familiar face fans will see again. Big Brother alum Dr. Will Kirby will appear as well on season 2 of the show, which began streaming on Friday.

Both appear in the new trailer PEOPLE can also exclusively debut for the psychological reality competition series, which challenges contestants to sniff out the secret saboteurs among them in an effort to win $250,000.

Chastain placed fifth on the first season of The Traitors and has widely been praised as a big reason for the Emmy-winning show's success, with her hilarious quips and no-nonsense approach to the game helping land her on many 2023 best-of lists.

Related: The Traitors Season 2: Who Has Been Banished, Who Has Been Murdered So Far?

<p>Euan Cherry/Peacock via Getty</p> Kate Chastain in season 1 of 'The Traitors'

Euan Cherry/Peacock via Getty

Kate Chastain in season 1 of 'The Traitors'

Her participation this time around was being kept as a midway surprise for season 2's remaining reality all-stars — though they're not the only ones who were shocked by her casting. Being in Scotland again stunned Chastain, too.

"What makes my return to The Traitors so exciting is that no one saw it coming … myself included!" she tells PEOPLE, noting that she never expected to be asked to play one more time.

Chastain goes on to say that she didn't hesitate to say yes. "I was willing to give it another go because I knew the cast this year was stacked with so many big, fun personalities," she says. "And let’s face it: when Alan Cumming invites you back to his castle, you go!"

Related: The Traitors' Alan Cumming Teases Matching Outfits with His Dog for Season 2: 'She Really Is a Pro' 

<p>Peacock</p> Kate Chastain's poster for season 2 of 'The Traitors'


Kate Chastain's poster for season 2 of 'The Traitors'

Related: Kate Chastain's Son Sullivan Makes His TV Debut Dressed Just Like Her Below Deck Costar Captain Lee

The Traitors marks Chastain's third reality series since she welcomed son Sullivan Cay in May 2023. After leaving Below Deck following the completion of the show's 7th season, she went on to star and executive produce Bravo's Chat Room, recur on Below Deck Galley Talk and lead Couch Talk With Captain Lee and Kate.

In the new trailer for The Traitors, it's clear Chastain doesn't waste any time getting down to business. "Tell me everything, who do we hate?" she asks the table after Cumming introduces her to the group.

"I think you missed me," Chastain then teases in a confessional.

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<p>Euan Cherry/Peacock via Getty</p> Kate Chastain on season 1 of 'The Traitors'

Euan Cherry/Peacock via Getty

Kate Chastain on season 1 of 'The Traitors'

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Peacock announced the cast of The Traitors back in September. While season 1 featured an even combination of TV personalities and civilians, season 2 leaned into the reality stars, with 21 alums from some of the biggest shows — including SurvivorThe BachelorDancing with the StarsThe Real HousewivesBig BrotherThe ChallengeLove Island and more — joining.

The full cast is as follows:

The Traitors is based on the Dutch series, De Verraders. In addition to the first U.S. season on Peacock, which premiered in January 2023, other installments have popped up in the U.K. and Australia.

All are available to watch on Peacock. Season 2 episodes drop Fridays.

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