Well dear friends, it’s been a wild ride, but our journey has finally come to an end. Our Prince Farming, Chris Soules, has found his mate. The three hour finale took us down the home stretch as Chris struggled to choose between Becca and Whitney. And the final winner was……drum rolllll………Whitney!
Whitney got to meet Chris’s family first, and not surprisingly, wowed them all. She really is quite the outgoing girl and has a lot for anyone to be impressed by, including her personality, career, and ability to get along and be at ease with everyone. The sisters clearly loved her along with his parents. Whitney also let them all know exactly where she was, saying many times how much she loved Chris and also how much she wanted to be a part of the family. She also gives great speeches, though she did tear up a bit at the end of her toast. It was a predictably perfect date.
However, Chris spent a lot of the time during Whitney’s date talking about Becca. He tried to convince his sisters and brother-in-law that the relationship with Becca was also good and was not just about the chase…even though he did admit that he wasn’t sure where she stood and that the relationship was not as far along because of that uncertainty on Becca’s part.
Which brings us to Becca’s date…which went reasonably well, although did not help to bring any clarity. Becca admitted to the sisters and the mother that she was not yet in love and was not ready to move out to Iowa. Chris’s mom tried to convince her that the feelings she was feeling were love. Red Flag: Your mom is trying to convince your girlfriend that she really does love you.
So Chris and Becca spent half of the episode in her hotel room discussing where she was in the process. Chris was really trying to push her to get her true feelings, which basically ended up being: Yeah, I like you, but I just don’t know if I LIKE you, and I definitely know I’m not ready to move anywhere for you in the near future, and actually, I don’t even know what love is. Ummm, ok. That just doesn’t sound promising if you’re trying to meet your mate. And Chris eventually came to that conclusion. When he broke up with her in his pimped out barn, she didn’t seem too upset by it all… Ice Queen. I honestly think she was probably a little relieved.
Although Whitney has been my bet since near the beginning, I do believe that if Becca would have given him anything more to go on than she did, she may have been the one to win the final rose (even a vague 5 year plan might have worked). I don’t think Chris would have proposed to her, but he might have picked her for them to move forward slowly in a real relationship. There was a certain ease between the two of them and also some simpleness(?) to their relationship which I do think could have worked well.
But he chose Whitney, and I’ve got to believe that she will do everything necessary to make sure it works. Though again, I think Whitney could probably do much better if she wanted. Whitney also answered one of my questions that I had for her – she decided NOT to watch the season. She said that she re-watched the rest of her dates, but was confident enough in what she and Chris had together that she did not want to watch anything else. Interesting choice, and a tough one. Both to resist watching, and also to avoid watching with social media and everything else.
Quite the barn!
The final hour was actually the “after the rose ceremony” where we got live interviews with Chris and the ladies and also found out who will be the next bachelorette. Like always, Chris Harrison ate this up. He brought out Chris and interviewed him, almost trying to get him to slip up and somehow admit that he regretted his final decision or that he was still in love with Becca.
Then, instead of introducing us to his fiancée first, they brought out Becca to recap and do more interviewing. Again, Harrison tries relentlessly to try and get them to somehow admit that they were or are in love. Then Harrison peppers Becca about her lack of love history, almost as if she’s some sort of foreign being. Is it true that you’ve never been in love? Do you think you’ll be normal after this experience?
To be fair to Harrison, Chris did seem to be into Becca (during the show and even still during the interview). And when they met again on stage, they shared a very warm hug, and Chris still seemed to be watching intently for any sign that Becca had changed her mind or come to the realization that she did, in fact, love him. I think that if she had told him that she realized that she did love him, he would have called everything off with Whitney right then and run off with Becca. But that didn’t happen.
Instead, we said goodbye again to Becca (who still seemed totally fine – Ice Queen), and we’re introduced to Whitney to see them together for the first time. Harrison then peppered her with questions about whether she had watched and if she knew just how tough of a decision it was for Chris and how much he was conflicted. Happy engagement. Dick move, Harrison.
Jimmy Kimmel came out as well and really poured it on thick, finally presenting a cow, Juan Pablo, as a gift before he headed out. He also made some really kind of awkward, but comical jabs right to Chris and Whitney. What do you expect, it’s Jimmy Kimmel…
Fianlly we got the really awkward announcement of who the next bachelorette(s) will be: Kaitlyn and Britt. Whooooaaa! Two bachelorettes with the same group of guys…..wild. Harrison tried to convince us that bachelor nation as well as the production team was completely torn and so they decided to not make a decision and have them both. I still contend that Kaitlyn was easily the favorite, but the producers are thinking of creative ways to spike ratings.
It’s still unclear exactly how the show will work with two bachelorettes…. Will they both be on for the full season? Will they each get their own roses to hand out? Their own dates? It’s all speculation at this point. I guess we’ll have to tune in to find out.
Clearly excited to be sharing bachelorette privileges…
So cheers to another bachelor love journey. It was unique, that’s for sure. But it does appear that love was found, as our hero got down on one knee and proposed to an impressive young lady who really does seem to love him. It remains to be seen if this will last and become of the (very few) success stories coming from the show. Enjoy Arlington and each other, lovebirds!