The Bachelor finale aired on Tuesday, March 10, and Chris Harrison didn’t lie: It was quite the dramatic ride. Here’s what happened (warning: major spoilers ahead).
Even though he was still conflicted with his feelings for Madison, who left on Monday’s episode, Peter decided to propose to Hannah Ann, the only woman left standing in the competition. The engagement itself was beautiful, but you could tell something was off. That something was the fact Peter couldn’t give his entire heart to Hannah Ann because he had lingering feelings for Madison. Peter tells Hannah Ann this and, obviously, she doesn’t take it well. She completely reads Peter his rights for leading her on, confusing her, and robbing her of her first engagement.
This carried on to the After the Final Rose ceremony, too, where Hannah Ann reunited with Peter for the first time since ending their engagement. She literally told him that if he wants a real relationship, he needs to become a man. I screamed. The audience shouted. Even Peter’s own mother, Barb, seemed to be on Hannah Ann’s side.
The reactions to this moment—a true first in Bachelor finale history—were incredible. See them for yourself, below:
As for Madison, Chris Harrison ended up going to Alabama and informing her of Hannah Ann and Peter’s breakup. Madison reveals she’s still in love with Peter, and goes to L.A. for a second chance with him. She also appeared on After the Final Rose, where it was eventually revealed that Peter is still in love with Madison.
This did not sit well with Barb, who explained why she’s so anti-Madison: She says Madison made the family wait three hours to meet her the first time because she was conflicted about moving forward with Peter. Barb is resentful of the fact that Madison wasn’t all in with Peter the way Hannah Ann was, but Madison made an important point on After the Final Rose (in front of Barb): This was her journey, too. Madison was there to find a husband just as much as Peter was trying to find a wife. Peter and Madison were unable to see eye to eye with Barb by the end of the sit-down. It was the future in-laws fight of your nightmares. Naturally, the Twitter reactions were epic.
This was, my friends, the most awkward Bachelor finale I’ve ever seen. How about y’all?