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The very final episode of Colton Underwood's season of The Bachelor had it all: tears, awkward conversations, vague allusions to sex (Colton), explicit allusions to sex (Chris Harrison), and some slightly troubling facial expressions from Cassie, Colton's final Bachelor pick. (opens in new tab) Cast your mind back to the pre-Fence Jump Bachelor universe, and you'll recall that Cassie actually dumped Colton, after which Colton dumped all of his remaining women and chased after Cassie...to invite her to meet his family in Spain. Okay? I guess?
Let me be clear: I don't think Cassie did anything wrong! She seems confused about what she wants, otherwise known as being 23 years old. What does bother me is that Colton didn't take no for an answer, and headed after her with a camera crew in tow anyway, effectively cornering Cassie into admitting that, yes, she was still confused...and somehow, this led to their going to Spain together, where she repeated to Colton's family that, yes, she was confused. It was uncomfortable! But it wasn't really Cassie's fault. And as for Colton, he's so head-over-heels I'm not convinced he actually registers the red flags flying up a mile a minute here. The whole situation is...well, it was uncomfortable.
That said, the montage of Colton and Cassie in their post-Spain relationship was unexpectedly sweet. Cassie profusely thanked Colton for fighting for her, they said "I love you," a bunch and kissed even more, and they actually seem to have legitimately grown as a couple now the cameras are off (which, well, makes sense). But all the way until then—it was awkward. And Twitter certainly noticed.
Cassie's Body Language Says a Lot
I don’t have a PhD in body language, but I do have two eyes and a ziplock bag of common sense. My diagnosis: Cassie isn’t into this.#thebachelorMarch 13, 2019
Also, Her Words
Colton: “I love you” Cassie: A) “I don’t know” B) “I’m so confused” C) “What is happening” #TheBachelor pic.twitter.com/C1pzXQqfsRMarch 13, 2019
#TheBachelor Colton: *pours heart out again*Cassie: pic.twitter.com/pQUDEhE59rMarch 13, 2019
The Memes, Oh, The Memes
cassie and colton look so cute together!#TheBachelor #TheBachelorFinale pic.twitter.com/z3rNVnXk6PMarch 13, 2019
I Mean, There Were Signs
People who have tried to talk Colton out of picking Cassie:- Chris Harrison- His dad- Cassie #TheBachelor #TheBachelorFinaleMarch 13, 2019
Cassie: I’m not ready Chris Harrison: She’s probably not into you Colton’s parents: Shes doesn’t seem ready Colton: #TheBachelor pic.twitter.com/d5l6wIBQHtMarch 13, 2019
Multiple women: Cassie’s not readyCassie: I’m not readyColton’s family: Cassie’s not ready Colton: #TheBachelor pic.twitter.com/mZB3mQDPTpMarch 13, 2019
She Wasn't Quite Sure What to Say
Cassie: I’m not ready to be engaged.Colton: That’s ok.Cassie: I’m not ready to be in a relationship.Colton: That’s ok, too. Cassie:#TheBachelor pic.twitter.com/hcPQPlPNNRMarch 13, 2019
Cassie trying to figure out how she ended up back on the bachelor after sending herself home:#TheBachelor #TheBachelorFinale pic.twitter.com/juOEtUVLYlMarch 13, 2019
But, look, there's a happily ever after. I mean, if Jason and Molly can make it, not to mention my favorite and most unexpected Bachelor couple of all time, Evan and Carly, you better believe Cassie and Colton can.
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Jenny is the Director of Content Strategy at Marie Claire. Originally from London, she moved to New York in 2012 to attend the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and never left. Prior to Marie Claire, she spent five years at Bustle building out its news and politics coverage. She loves, in order: her dog, goldfish crackers, and arguing about why umbrellas are fundamentally useless. Her first novel, EVERYONE WHO CAN FORGIVE ME IS DEAD, will be published by Minotaur Books in 2024.
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