Spoilers for Katie Thurston's 'The Bachelorette' Season: What We Know

We finally learned who wins!

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It's a Bachelorette season—or should I say seasons?—like no other. In 2021, Katie Thurston is the first of two Bachelorettes, followed in the fall by fellow Matt James contestant Michelle Young. You'll remember Katie, whose season premiered June 7, 2021, as the straight talker who wasn't afraid to put the other girls in their place—and, oh yeah, the girl who hilariously brought a vibrator to meet Matt on night one. If you're here because you're wondering if Katie got engaged—or if you just crave spoilers in general—you're in the right place.

Thurston's season comes at a turbulent time for the Bachelor franchise. As the first Black Bachelor, Matt James's season was meant to be historic—but instead, it was marred by bullying and, later, the racist social media activity of James's winner Rachael Kirkconnell. (They broke up, but it seems they're back together now, FWIW.) Chris Harrison went on Extra to defend Kirkconnell's behavior—something even Kirkconnell had begged people not to do—and tried to mansplain the situation to former Bachelorette, and Black woman, Rachel Lindsay. (Lindsay has now said she's removing herself entirely from the franchise). Harrison was suspended as host, which is why he isn't on Thurston's season—her hosts are former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe—nor on Bachelor in Paradise. The day after Thurston's season began airing, ABC confirmed that Harrison will not be returning to the franchise at all.

Ahead, everything you wanted to know about Katie Thurston's season, start to finish. Spoilers ahead, obviously.

Does Katie get engaged?

Let's get straight to the big question, shall we? Namely, did Katie find the man of her dreams on her season and get engaged to him?

Yes, she did! Per Reality Steve: "Katie definitely got engaged at the end of this. And unless she breaks up before the finale, which I guess anything can happen, but she’s happy and engaged as we speak, so I’d expect that to last til the finale you’d think."

Reality Steve is usually, but not always, correct about his end-of-his season predictions. But even outside of that, we know that filming ended a week ahead of schedule. Obviously, we don't know why—but it's possible that Thurston was so certain about her decision that she didn't want to waste any time.

Katie, for her part, revealed to The Hollywood Reporter: “I found love more than once, I’ll say that! Through it all, everything happens for a reason, and I am happy.”

And even though Katie ends up engaged (more on who she gets engaged to in a minute), the ending may be...messy. “The end gets crazy. It’s, like, not traditional at all. And I’m like, ‘What the f—k is happening?’" Katie said on Nick Viall's podcast. She also said she got her "heart broken."

Says Reality Steve: "We know who she eventually ends up with, but how she gets there is another story. Seems like it’s gonna be pretty messy."

Who wins Katie's season?

The even bigger question! According to Reality Steve, the final four contestants are—drum roll—

    And the winner of Katie's Bachelorette season, according to Reality Steve, is...

    Blake Moynes.

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    Here he is.
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    If his name sounds familiar to you, it's because Moynes was a contestant on the last season of The Bachelorette, falling first for Clare Crawley and then for Tayshia Adams. Crawley left her own season to be with Dale Moss, leaving Moynes heartbroken—and Adams ultimately rejected him too. Meaning that Moynes gets engaged to Katie (yay!) while his ex watches (oof).

    Nick Viall questioned Moynes' ~intentions~ on Us Weekly's podcast about The Bachelor. "Blake is going to get crap, obviously, for someone who fell in love with Clare without validation, fell in love with Tayshia, without validation. So, when he’s [saying], ‘I’m in love with Katie,’ it’s fair to question.”

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    Moynes and Adams on Adams’s season.
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    One thing is certain: Thurston and Moynes were in communication before her season. "I definitely knew who he was, which also Tayshia’s ex-boyfriend! So that’s weird," Thurston told Us Weekly. "We had chatted before, but usually what happens is, like, the guys will reach out to the women once they’re eliminated and be like, ‘Good luck, you did great.’ Like very generic, you know? And so to see him, I was like, ‘Why is he here?’ Like, ‘What’s happening?’”

    She went into more detail on the Chicks in the Office podcast. “I will say coming off my season with Matt, people were really shipping [Blake] and I before...So I was a little familiar with who he was and his background.” But she was still thrown when he showed up, she added. "I was shocked. I was not expecting that at all."

    Later, speaking to Viall for his podcast, Katie explained that Blake was one of several men who messaged her after she left Matt's season. "They send videos because then they disappear, so there's no, like, evidence. You send the one video like, ‘Hey, just want to say you did really good on Matt’s season, like, good luck,' and then the video disappears. There's no evidence. So no offense to Blake, but he was one of, like, a bunch of them who had done it to either me or other girls, so I was like, ‘Whatever.’ … They’re kind of testing the water. … He wasn’t very obvious with his intentions.”

    As for the other three, all of which were in the original cast: Justin Glaze is an investment sales consultant and artist from Baltimore; Greg Grippo, a night one favorite who received the first impression rose and the first one-on-one date, is from New Jersey and played DII basketball in college; and Andrew Spencer is a European football player and also the cousin of Bachelor alum Clay Harbor. (And we know that Andrew doesn't win, so that means the cousins might just be in Paradise together!)

    What happens between Katie and Greg?

    Grippo, for what it's worth, may turn into a late-stage villain. On Viall's podcast, Katie noted that there will be another villain on the show: "I tried to get rid of the villains. I tried to get rid of them... ‘Boom, boom, boom, go,’ and then they just keep reappearing."

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    Greg Grippo.
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    Justin Glaze.
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    Reality Steve thinks it's Greg Grippo—which would come as a real twist, given that Grippo has been presented as one of the season's good guys. During the overnight date portion of the season, Greg apparently has a "meltdown" and goes to Katie to explain that he doesn't understand why she might pick anyone else, per Reality Steve. "They have a blowout fight during the overnight dates which essentially causes him to leave the show and it upsets Katie a lot. Maybe she really was set to pick him but saw this side and realized better. But nothing about this fight is going to look good for Greg from everything I’ve been told." RS says he's been told it may be the worst fight that's ever been seen on the show.

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