What. A. Season. But we made it … although, of course, not until ABC put us through the most emotionally exhausting four hours yet. After Colton’s two-day finale of The Bachelor, there’s not a single emotion I can think of that I didn’t feel—livid, dejected and ecstatic, to name a few. But I’m pretty sure that’s how I feel at the end of every season, so let's get to our last recap.
Speaking of making sense of things … let’s talk about the breakups. I have been a big supporter of Colton throughout this season, but seeing how he ended things with Tayshia and Hannah G. left me infuriated with him. I can’t help but feel like both of these breakups felt a bit rehearsed, mostly because he basically told them both the same exact thing without saying anything at all. Of course, he added a little extra insult to injury when he told Hannah G. that “I thought it was going to be you in the end.” What woman would want to hear those words while getting dumped? And how is Cassie going to feel watching this back? I think my biggest problem with all of this is Colton’s lack of ability to articulate himself in both of these breakups. If he is so sure about his feelings for Cassie, why is he not able to voice them? OK, now I’m mad all over again.
Yes, it didn’t make for the best television, but at the end of the day, these are real people with real lives, and you have to respect that they did what’s best for them.
Now—finally: Let’s get to Cassie and Colton.
I mentioned last week that I felt like watching Cassie and Colton together was like watching two high school kids, and last night made that even more clear. I’m not sure either of them has been in an adult relationship, and it seems they both have lots to learn about themselves and relationships in general. Ultimately, I think they made the right choice by simply dating and taking it one day at a time. They seem happy and very smitten with each other, and as long as they’re happy, that’s really all that matters. Yes, it didn’t make for the best television, but at the end of the day, these are real people with real lives, and you have to respect that they did what’s best for them.
Besides, there’s always the next season right around the corner … so, cheers to Hannah B. as the next Bachelorette, and Roll Tide.
Astrid Loch competed for Nick Viall's affections on The Bachelor season 21, and has found both love and friendship from the franchise. Her relationship is stronger than ever with Kevin Wendt, whom she started dating last summer on Bachelor in Paradise season 5.