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It's finally here! Tonight is the season premiere of Real Housewives of Atlanta! And oh the drama. With two new Housewives and a possibly disappearing Kim Zoliciak (along with a reappearing Gregg Leakes) things are bound to be exciting. 

Welcoming the fifth season, Cynthia Bailey dishes on what we can expect –  and how things have changed since She By SheBroke left and Kim spent most of the season MIA due to pregnancy. 

"I don’t even know what to expect because it just changed the whole dynamic of the group with two people missing and two other ones came in. I think there definitely will be a lot of drama, but we're not as divided as we were last season," Cynthia tells Complex. "We are around each other a lot more this season, which only means more drama! I personally think this is going to be my best season because my storyline is just so much stronger."

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"I think Sheree definitely was a big part of the show, and her character will definitely live on. In terms of TV, I wouldn’t be surprised if you hear from her somewhere else. I think she definitely has a interesting personality," Cynthia explains. Interesting is one way to describe Sheree! I can think of a few more choice adjectives… 

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As for Kim's less than involved participation this season, Cynthia actually didn't mind! "Kim and I have never been BFFs, obviously. But the great part of that is she has been pregnant most of the time so I didn’t have to see her that much. [Laughs.]," Cynthia dishes.

"We really didn’t bump heads as much because I didn’t see her. We actually got along because she was in her motherly way most of the time. And it is not fun when you argue with a pregnant lady. I have been down that road!"

In addition to the changes of Kim and Sheree, Cynthia shares that established friendships have gotten stronger and new friendships are forged. "I hang out with NeNe [Leakes] the most; we really connected on screen and off screen. She really is typically my best friend on the show, and we spend quite a bit of time together."

"I also have spent a little bit of time with Kandi [Burruss]. We kind of are in the same circles, we are getting to know each other, and our friendship evolves this season."

And unlike previous seasons where she always tried to play the peace maker, Cynthia shares that things are different this time around. You know what that means: producers warned her get exciting or get fired! It's Alex McCord syndrome. 

"I just try to go with the flow. I think this season you are going to see a more vocal, feisty Cynthia. I feel like I am at a place in my life where even though I am definitely caught up in a lot of drama this season, I really handle it a lot differently," she reveals.

"I don’t have patience for a lot of things because I am busy working hard. I definitely try to shut things down before they get out of control, because we all know that issues can linger and things become bigger and bigger."

As for how much of the show is staged, Cynthia admits producers do have some influence over locations and shoots, but the cast is in the dark a lot. 

"Our show—I can’t speak for every reality television show but I can tell you for ours—is definitely real. The only things that are kind of set up sometimes are situations. But you don’t know what outcome of that situation is going to be," Cynthia dishes. "They’ll say, 'Today you are going to go shopping with Kandi,' but in reality TV world, yeah we’re going to go shopping, but I don’t know what bomb she is going to drop on me when we get there. I never know what we are going to talk about or what some of the other ladies may have repeated."

"You are kind of under the fence because you are always ready for a bomb to be dropped. I can meet one of the girls for a drink and end up getting into something with them about something that has nothing to do with why we got together in the first place. It just depends on that day and what I am feeling like and what she is feeling like."

Well, there you have it! Excitement Atlanta-style. And speaking of Kim, the mom of four recently posted another weaveless photo on Twitter. Aaaahhh… the bewigged one de-wigged. She looks so much better! 

Real Housewives of Atlanta premieres tonight at 9/10c on Bravo. Reality Tea will be sipping our moscato and live-tweeting as all the drama unfolds. Join us on the tweeter! 

[Photo Credit: Alex Martinez/Bravo]

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