Hunted contestants Bayan and Eesha have shared a major rule that the cast members have to follow during their time ‘on the run’.
While viewers often question why the Fugitives don’t stay in one place for long periods of time, the pair reveal to Yahoo Lifestyle that contestants must change their location every 48 hours.
“Because of that fact, every day or so we're always thinking about who our next helper is going to be or what that next move is going to be, so we can't just sit in the bush for 21 days,” Eesha explains.
“Ideally, if you were a real fugitive you would just go out bush for like, six months, a year, and that would be it. But because we are in this sort of contrived environment there are some rules in place that make you move or do risky activities, and one of the well-known rules is you have to move every 48 hours.
“So as you come to the end of that 48 hours you have to have a game plan, and to do that, you have to either talk to someone or borrow a phone or have some sort of communication or something in order to get that next assistance lined up.”
'Bad judgement call'
Speaking about their dramatic elimination during Tuesday night’s episode where they were cornered in their apartment, Bayan admits he had “a momentary lapse in judgement” and takes full blame for their capture.
“When you've been on the run for a few weeks and you've been away from your family and everything you know and you're suffering from mental distress and anxiety and you're constantly on edge and nervous and jumping at shadows, it’s very easy in that state to make a bad judgement call,” he says. “And that's exactly what I did.
“I am solely responsible for the capture that followed and I apologise to Eesha and all of our supporters out there that followed us and backed our team.”
The pair add that if they could re-do their experience, they would change their burner phone strategy so they can’t be located by the Hunters as easily.
“We had more burner phones and I wish we had used them,” Eesha says. “We didn’t want to utilise all of our resources too quickly so we were trying to play it as well as we could.
“But if we had just used some of the other phones that we had then obviously we wouldn’t have been in the same pickle. But also, I think you just have to be one step ahead all the time and every communication is a risk.”
Hunted continues Sunday 7:30pm on Channel 10 and 10 Play
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