The latest season of The Bachelor just finished and what a wild ride it was. As a guy I’m not ashamed to admit I watch this show, it’s actually a fascinating look at people. There is real hurt, deception, love, happiness, and back-stabbing. I couldn’t help but get hooked.
(If you haven’t finished watching and don’t want spoiled don’t keep reading)
In the end it came down to Emily and Chantal. Brad had to choose between becoming a family man or living life with the fun girl. In the end he went with the family man choice in Emily. Throughout the entire show she was the sweet, southern belle, but she was insecure, guarded, and protective which is understandable given all the circumstances she’s lived through. Chantel was sent home from South Africa crying and broken and questioning all that had just happened. Now 3 months later when we see Brad and Emily for the first time since the engagement, real life has kicked in, the cameras have gone away, and that original excitement has worn off. While Chantel had said if you were willing to say yes to getting engaged, you should be willing to get married on the spot, this dream with Emily hadn’t worked out that way. She showed a different side than we all saw on the show. She was hard-headed, tough, fought back and stood her ground. There was no wedding date in the future.
So they brought back 3 Bachelor/Bachelorette couples that were still together. Of all these seaons, they could only find 3 that were still together, that says something. Anyway, they gave advice to Brad and Emily. It was just the 2 of them, start with a clean slate now that they could be together in public, let go of the past and all the awkwardness of watching the show and dealing with the weirdness that brought. Interestingly enough, that seemed to work. Emily was able to put on her engagement ring and despite the troubles they seemed to have been having they both seemed really happy. Brad in particular seemed determined to make it work. Chris Harrison, the 3 couples, and all of America (excluding a few jilted girls from the season) want them to work out, want them to get married and stay married, want them to be happy.
If you’ve never watched this show, tune in May 23rd when the Bachelorette kicks off, it’s a wild ride, but a real insight into the way people think, act, and live both good and bad.