The first part of the two-episode finale of The Bachelor brought drama, tears—mostly Barb's (love you, Barb) (opens in new tab)—and the abrupt departure of Madison Prewett, (opens in new tab) the woman we now know was the frontrunner for Peter Weber's heart all along. Prewett's doubts began to set in when she learned that Weber had had sex with her fellow contestants and she ultimately dumped him in Australia, telling him that they just weren't on the same page. Which leaves Weber and Hannah Ann Sluss, the de facto winner now Prewett is gone. Except Weber didn't tell her that, because...well, I don't know why he didn't tell her that.
Honestly, the last half-hour of that episode was pretty excruciating, and I'm not just talking about how weirdly supportive Weber's family are in regard to his sex life. After Prewett left (for very good reasons, I should add—their faith and goals weren't in line, she explained), Weber spent the rest of the episode with Sluss, who (erroneously) believed that she was one of two women left vying for Weber's heart. This was, um, not true. Sluss, believing firmly that she was still competing for Weber against Prewett, laid all her cards out on the table, explaining how certain she was about him and how ready she was for her life together. Weber, meanwhile, sort of umm'd and ahh'd and did not mention the crucial fact that she was the only person left.
Sluss fell relatively under the radar during this season, not quite becoming the fan favorite that, say, Rachel Lindsay or Kaitlyn Bristowe were, but also not making any enemies or causing much drama (I'm not counting Champagnegate, which was clearly a setup by producers). But this episode, for the first time, made viewers sit up and realize that Sluss deserved better. Not only does she deserve someone who reciprocates her feelings, but she deserves a person who will tell her if she's become the de facto fiancé of the show.
Why Didn't He Tell Her?!
I HONESTLY CANNOT BELIEVE HE'S LETTING HER THINK SHE IS ONE OF TWO PEOPLE STILL REMAINING #TheBachelorMarch 10, 2020
People Are Feeling All Kinds of Feelings for Sluss
no offense to peter but he doesn’t deserve hannah annshe literally set up that whole nice date for him and he arrived in sweats and talked about his doubts the whole time and she said that she just wanted to be w him and she was sad and he didn’t even comfort her#TheBachelorMarch 10, 2020
This season has really achieved the impossible... made me empathize with Hannah Ann #TheBachelorMarch 10, 2020
Hannah Ann deserves so much betterMarch 10, 2020
Haven’t been a Hannah Ann fan all season but I feel for that girl having to watch this episode. #brutal #TheBachelorFinale #TheBachlorMarch 10, 2020
"im taking this as serious as it can possibly be." -hannah ann on a reality tv show with so much sincerity i know i'm a jaded 32yo... "when i look at peter, i look at my heart" #BachelorNation *eats more popcorn, rapt*March 10, 2020
He Didn't Even Dress Up For Her!
I was so mad.... Hannah Ann looked beautiful and he didn’t put in any effort 😂😂March 10, 2020
tbh I went on a few dates with a guy in high school that dressed in his pajamas for our dates, so Hannah Ann, I feel you #TheBachelorFinale #TheBachlor pic.twitter.com/xOGABuQzwlMarch 10, 2020
The way Peter dressed up for his date to see Hannah Ann before he proposes says everything I need to know and more #TheBachelor pic.twitter.com/Vt0WoHu53ZMarch 10, 2020
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