This has been somewhat of an unprecedented season for The Bachelor. Normally we aren’t sure what’s going to happen and who the bachelor will choose because they haven’t tipped their hand yet. However, with Ben it was the complete opposite. He had tipped his hand … with both women. He told them both that he loved them, so one of them was going to be sent home blindsided.
Lauren was the first to meet Ben’s parents. Everything went very well, and everyone got along great. It couldn’t have gone any better. When JoJo met the Higginses it was the same thing. It couldn’t have gone any better. Yet, Mrs. Higgins pointed out that what JoJo had for Ben seemed to be deeper.
In addition to that, when Ben was weighing his love for the two women he noted that he and Lauren had never had to weigh any negatives in their relationship, so he wasn’t sure what it would be like if it was tested. Yet he and JoJo had been tested, and they had made it through the problems even stronger.
Throughout Ben’s last dates with both women, he kept thinking of this turmoil of who to choose. But with JoJo his face seemed to light up more. It was clear how much he was in love with her. It certainly seemed at this point as if he was going to choose her.
But knowing that Ben had said on the Women Tell All that he was ready to get married right now, Chris Harrison set it up for that to happen tonight if he wanted. Not only was his hometown pastor at the show, but Ben’s parents were there along with the parents of JoJo and Lauren. But Lauren’s parents seemed elated while JoJo’s seemed like they were almost being forced there, making it seem like they all knew how it was going to turn out.
Ben was still torn up until the morning of the proposal. Picking out the engagement ring, he decided he knew who he would choose because there was one woman he didn’t want to live without.
The first woman to get out of the helicopter was JoJo, meaning she was about to get sent home. She told him she loved him and that he was her best friend, and then Ben said that word everyone on The Bachelor hates: “but.” He told her he did love her, but he was more in love with someone else. He did what he promised her he would never do – he blindsided her.
Ben then answered the burning question from the past few weeks. In previews we saw him calling someone. Who was he calling? Was he changing his mind? No, he called Lauren’s father to ask for his permission to marry his daughter. Lauren’s helicopter then landed, and Ben dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him, and she accepted.
On the After the Final Rose special, JoJo got a chance to talk to Ben for the first time since she left blindsided. She seemed to be in a better place and said watching the show play out over the season that it helped her put everything in perspective to see Ben’s and Lauren’s relationship play out.
And JoJo had a great surprise in store for her. Chris Harrison announced that she was the new Bachelorette. While some people were pulling for it to be Caila, instead it will be the runner-up from this season.
Did the Show End with a Wedding?
Lauren then came out and announced that she was moving to Denver to be with Ben in a few weeks. Chris had that surprise for the two of them, too. He brought out the pastor and said they could get married right there on the spot if they wanted. However, they decided it would be soon, but not tonight. They declined the offer. Ben did get down on one knee and propose to Lauren again, but that fell kind of flat. There was no point for that.
We’ll see if this is one of the rare Bachelor unions that lasts. Will they make it down the aisle? If they’ve never been tested by anything negative in their relationship, that is surely still in front of them. We’ll have to wait and see if their relationship can weather that storm.
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