- The season finale of “The Bachelorette” aired on Monday night and was filled with tense moments.
- Surprisingly, lead Katie Thurston broke her promise to not say “I love you” before an engagement.
- She also accused Greg Grippo of playing her during an awkward moment on “After the Final Rose.”
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Katie explained that she wanted to make her declaration of love as special as possible. However, her apparent unwillingness to express her feelings openly led to an emotional breakup with former frontrunner Greg in the penultimate episode.
Feeling rejected and unheard by Katie, Greg eliminated himself from the competition since he felt that the two weren’t on the same page in terms of their love.
Despite telling host Kaitlyn Bristowe that she wanted to quit the show following Greg’s departure, Katie was able to bounce back and go on a romantic last date with Blake, one of her two remaining men.
The couple played paintball and enjoyed a romantic candlelit dinner, during which both Blake and, surprisingly, Katie shared their love for one another. They then proceeded to the Fantasy Suite, where, it’s implied, they had sex for the first time.
Despite her initial promise to only say “I love you” during an engagement, Katie ended up telling Blake she loved him way earlier than viewers anticipated.
The two shared an emotional conversation before Justin departed, saying in a later confessional that he was already envisioning his life with Katie before she broke up with him.
In the past, Bachelors and Bachelorettes alike have had multiple Fantasy Suite dates (with most staying mum about whether or not they actually had sex in them). But Katie seemed so sure of her feelings for Blake that she sent Justin home instead of spending a final night with him.
And when asked by the hosts if he thought Katie gave him a “fair shot,” Justin said no.
It’s also worth noting that during her breakup with Justin, Katie told him that she was “falling” in love with Blake — even though she’d actually told her now-fiancé that she “loves” him outright at that point.
Of course, it’s normal for the lead’s family members to grill the lead’s prospective fiancé/fiancée, but Katie’s family took things to a whole other level. Katie’s aunt, whom Katie herself described as “cold,” shut down Blake as he tried to explain how the couple would deal with distance (Blake lives in Canada while Katie lives in Washington) and other possible marital problems.
By no means was her family angry or hostile, but they ultimately forced Katie and Blake to take a hard look at their relationship and the challenges that could come along with it.
Katie was in tears as Greg left, although the two seemed to be on completely different pages regarding their relationship. At the end of the Hometowns episode right after he departed, a distraught Katie even locked herself in the bathroom before asking Kaitlyn to have someone book her a flight home.
But during her conversation with Greg on “After the Final Rose” (which Katie said was the first time they’d spoken since their emotional on-camera breakup), Katie was clearly furious with him, and seemed emboldened in her anger by Greg’s online critics.
She echoed some of Bachelor Nation’s criticisms, telling Greg that he “gaslighted” her (although she gave the incorrect definition of the term), and also accused him of faking his feelings for her and using their relationship for exposure. She even called him a “liar.”
It seemed as though Katie still had feelings for Greg, and was angry that he left on his own terms. She even accused him of “talking down” to her, causing Greg to apologize (though he remained firm in his insistence that he deserved more from their relationship).
Fans on social media were already aware of Greg’s acting background (some vocal critics like “Bachelor” alum Bekah Martinez frequently brought it up as evidence of his “manipulation”), but it was likely news for fans who just watch the show and don’t follow the fandom on social media.
And for the most part, Katie succeeded. She opened up about her sexual assault with vulnerability and strength, and kept a level head (for the most part) as drama and infighting among the men threatened to overtake her season.
But clearly, something is still bothering her about her breakup with Greg. During their conversation on “After the Final Rose,” Katie seemed more angry than hurt — a totally rational response for a breakup.
However, if she was as in love with Blake and happy with her outcome as she says she is, then why do Greg’s past actions still matter that much? She said during “After the Final Rose” that, while watching their breakup back on TV, she realized Greg “talked down” to and “gaslighted” her.
Of course it’s natural to want to confront an ex for their past problematic behavior, but Katie’s conversation with Greg felt more like an attack, and was perhaps the first time she really lost her composure this whole season.
It was surprising to see Katie still so upset about a breakup that happened months ago during filming — and in our opinion, might not bode well for her relationship with Blake.