SPOILER ALERT: Don’t learn in case you have not but watched the Aug. 9 season finale of “The Bachelorette.”
Katie Thurston’s reign as “The Bachelorette” has come to an finish. Throughout Monday’s three-hour finale, Katie walked away engaged to Blake Moynes.
However the path to engagement was lower than easy. Viewers final noticed the Season 17 lead locked within the lavatory on the heels of her breakup with former front-runner Greg Grippo. The 2 exchanged a heated (and controversial) break up in the course of the penultimate episode, which left her with two finalists: now-fiancé Blake and Justin Glaze.
The finale episode jumped backwards and forwards between present-day reactions and the finale manufacturing occasions in New Mexico. After introductions and a season recap by hosts Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams, viewers reunited with Katie in tears in New Mexico. The playback was adopted by her present-day reflection, the place she reacted to her trade with Greg. She stated that within the second she tried to determine what she did to spark his outburst; she struggled with Greg’s jarring exit and questioned her self-worth. However upon reflection, she felt troubled by the dialog.
Regardless of her heartbreak, Katie was dedicated to persevering with on the journey to search out somebody who would “struggle” for her “’til the very finish.” Blake and Justin had been knowledgeable about Greg’s exit through Kaitlyn and Tayshia, and the 2 had been anxious to start out the week of fantasy suites.
The primary in a single day date went to Blake. They spent the afternoon playful with a paint-throwing celebration earlier than they chatted in a scorching tub. Throughout their dialog, Katie admitted to eager to “give up” the present after the back-to-back exits of Greg and Michael Allio. The revelation rattled him, and he fixated on her attachment to her exes and anxious she wouldn’t be prepared for an engagement.
Regardless of that, Blake shared his emotions with Katie over dinner. He cited particular anecdotes from their hometown dates and highlighted his favourite qualities about her. He emphasised how necessary he thought of the phrase “love” earlier than confessing his personal for her. Katie had repeatedly shared that she was solely going to say “I really like you” to at least one man, however she ended up saying it to Blake earlier than the top of the evening. “I really like you so f—ing a lot,” she informed him earlier than they retreated into their fantasy suites.
Katie debriefed with Kaitlyn after the in a single day and gushed over her relationship with Blake. The enjoyment was juxtaposed with the conclusion that Justin was nonetheless within the competitors, and he or she realized she was seemingly much less enthusiastic about him. She informed him as a lot the subsequent day, breaking apart with him when he arrived for his or her fantasy suite date. The episode adopted his exit along with his present-day response, together with chatting with Kate for the primary time since strolling off set. He admitted it was exhausting to not suppose he was there by “default” after the self-eliminations, and he questioned if Katie gave him a good shot. Katie did her finest to reassure him and affirmed their former connection.
After Justin was out of the image, Katie and Blake accomplished a number of milestones back-to-back. The expedited episode featured Blake assembly Katie’s mother and aunt (who supplied some powerful love), their final date and a Neil Lane ring choice session. The rushed timeline rattled Blake, who expressed nerves heading into the proposal. Regardless of that, he ultimately received down on one knee.
Their happiness was starkly contrasted by the animosity on the present-day Los Angeles stage. Greg returned to see Katie and was interrogated by her and the hosts about his resolution to prematurely depart the present. He stated he hoped their ultimate dialog would have gotten them on the identical web page, and he blamed Katie’s incapacity to inform him she beloved him on his resolution to go away.
Because the present wrapped, rumors have swirled surrounding Greg’s persona, together with a few earlier stint in performing faculty. Katie additionally heard discuss that he was disingenuous when representing himself throughout filming and stated he was a “cocky man from Jersey,” against the candy man she received to know. Her new perception brought on her to accuse him of being performative and utilizing the present as a platform. When reevaluating their breakup, she cited their momentary struggle as his excuse and a cause to flee. The accusations stored flying, and he or she stated he was by no means prepared or ready for an engagement.
She used their ultimate struggle as proof, and he or she accused him of gaslighting and speaking right down to her. Regardless of Greg’s preliminary declare of “no regrets,” he apologized for the way in which he communicated over the past struggle earlier than then trying to justify his habits. The dialog received heated, and the 2 in the end parted method on lower than pleasant phrases.
That low was adopted by a excessive, although: Blake joined Katie on stage for his or her first public look as an engaged couple. Katie and Blake took turns reminiscing about their love story earlier than wrapping the season with an impromptu dance to their track “Memorize You.”