Speculation on the future of Alaskan Bush People continues. That includes rumors and theories as to what we can expect from future episodes. ANN points towards the possibility cast member Matt Brown getting eliminated from Alaskan Bush People. Others outright blame him for putting the Alaskan reality TV series on the chopping block.
However, I have an entirely different theory: I think Season 6 might be a highly Matt-centric affair.
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Reason 1: Season 5 Had A Matt-Related Cliffhanger
Yes, there was a statement at the end of Alaskan Bush People’s season finale on why Matt didn’t return as planned. However, reading some text and hearing from the individual are two separate things. Matt did speak with People about his rehab journey.
“Brown, 33, says he first started drinking a few years ago when his family’s boat broke down and they began spending time in nearby Juneau.”
“‘I’ve always been able to handle city life, no problem,’ says Brown. ‘But I started hanging out with people who drank. [I] started drinking lightly and then it got to be more and more,’ he says. ‘That’s when I saw the problem around the corner, and I didn’t want to be one of those guys.'”
It’s likely Alaskan Bush People viewers are going to want to see Matt’s progress for themselves. That means talking about it on camera. We can probably expect to see Matt’s reunion with his family. We might also get “special footage” of what happened between Season 5 and 6 involving the eldest Brown son.
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Reason 2: Genuinely Impactful Storyline
Reality TV shows often manufacture contrived drama about problems that…aren’t all that problematic. Alaskan Bush People doesn’t have to do that here. Someone coping with alcohol or drug-related issues fosters genuine concern. You want Matt Brown to get treatment and put his life in order. Yes, even if that means ultimately walking away from Alaskan Bush People.
In addition to questions about the future of Alaskan Bush People, Season 6 could raise questions about where Matt is headed and if his journey will take him away from “Browntown.”
Reason 3: It’s Not Forced Or Scripted
We know that Matt Brown struggled with drinking issues. According to Radar Online, Matt had a DUI in 2013. This turn of events wasn’t planned or scripted. That’s what makes what this Alaskan Bush People star more impactful than, say, an allegedly scripted date with an actress. The situation was cringe-worthy because it’s so transparent. That and the singing.
But with Matt and his drinking issues, you aren’t forced to care about that. Any empathetic person would be concerned and hope that he’ll get better and be happier.
Reason 4: The Most Sympathetic Cast Member?
The Browns need to do some serious damage control. Last season saw the family unsuccessfully try to shift blame for their oil revenue fraud to the state of Alaska.
While hardcore Alaskan Bush People fans might believe they were picked on unfairly, it only served to make the Browns look very dishonest. Much of that image problem fell to “Wolf Pack” Patriarch Billy Brown. The show might need to shift focus away from him for awhile. Settling on Matt facing his inner demons would give a chance for the show to collect a bit of goodwill.
Reason 5: There Might Not Be Much Else
Last season had only one major thread from beginning to end: Billy and “Bam” Brown being put on house arrest. Sure, there were twists in the form of a “long lost daughter” and the Matt situation, but ultimately the Browns’ case was the one thing mentioned consistently. Everything else included keeping the hauling business going, boat troubles, building on “Browntown,” and alleged threats. In other words, things we’ve already seen repeatedly.
The problem with Alaskan Bush People is that each passing season seems to become more and more redundant. Adding a bit of “freshness” to this reality TV show may mean putting a considerable amount of focus on Matt’s personal journey.
— Alaskan Bush People (@AlaskanBushPPL) July 18, 2016
So instead of Alaskan Bush People hiding from Matt Brown, I actually expect him to be front and center. What about you: Do you think Alaskan Bush People will push interest in Matt? Is it a good idea? Share your thoughts below!
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