Well, we’ve made it. Colton Underwood‘s season of The Bachelor is drawing to a close and, like seasons prior, has had its fair share of dramatic and emotional moments. Part one of the two-part “most dramatic season finales in history” included not one but two breakups: Hannah G. and Tayshia. Both women confronted him about their respective splits (and closure, at least for Tayshia) on the live taping and their words say it better than any recap could even try.
Unlike other seasons, however, this year involved a highly anticipated fence jump that occurred after one of the final three women, Cassie Randolph, broke Colton’s heart moments after he professed his love for her. Chris Harrison has been promising us all season that the finale will be “gut-wrenching” and unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. But really.
Colton began his journey for love with the “virgin Bachelor” cloud hanging over his head and he said at the beginning that he was always “candid” about it but it’s “just a small part” of who he is at his core.
He insisted to E! News’ Zuri Hall that he followed his own path and heart throughout the season.
“It wasn’t perfect. I wasn’t the perfect Bachelor. I made a lot of mistakes. It was hard, I knew it was going to be hard, I knew it was gonna push me and it was going to be emotionally draining at times, but it was going to be also rewarding at times,” he explained. “The ups and the downs are there, and that’s why I said—it’s real, raw, vulnerable. I did things much differently than any other Bachelor has ever done it.”
Colton’s season was off to the races ever since night one. We saw the evolution of Miss Alabama Hannah Brown and Miss North Carolina Caelynn Miller-Keyes‘ rivalry turn into something more peaceful. Caelynn also shared a very personal story during her one-on-one date in Singapore where she opened up about getting sexually assaulted in college. A few episodes later, she found a target on her back when some fellow women accused her and Cassie of being there for the wrong reasons.
Despite her attempt to make “a big move” on Colton, the former football player ultimately sent her home before that could happen. On a more PG-rated note, however, he did turn Heather from being “never been kissed” to “has been kissed.” Hooray! There were literal fireworks there, too.
This is surely not the last we’ve seen of a handful of the women from Colton’s season. As one Bachelor franchise door closes, another one opens: Bachelor in Paradise. Get your margs and scallop fingers ready, because it’ll be here before we know it.
As we close out Colton’s season, check out some of the funniest, saltiest and overall best comments from Bachelor Nation below.
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We’ll continue to update this post as the season continues. Stay tuned for more!
(This article was originally published on Jan. 7 at 7:52 p.m.)
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