Spoilers for The Bachelor ahead. Peter Weber (also known as the Windmill Hookup Guy, also known as Pilot Peter) was the dark horse no one saw coming on Hannah Brown's season. As The Bachelor in 2020, he's gotten contestants and viewers very excited, thanks to his sweet, laid-back vibe, his job, and the fact that he looks like a Ken doll (Hannah's words!). Thanks to spoilers, largely from Reality Steve and other Bachelor Nation devotees, we already know a whole lot about how Weber's season will end—aside from the one big thing, of course, but we've had plenty of clues.
This is Reality Steve's theory.
Just after the Fantasy Suites episode, Reality Steve—a.k.a. the blogger who gets inside dirt on each season before and as it airs— posted his theory about the ending to his blog.
I think what happens is at the end of all of this: Peter is trying to be with Madison and it’s all happened post show. He’s with her, they’re either working on a relationship, or they are happy and together now...Peter absolutely spoke with Madison to try and make it work between them. But honestly, I don’t know if it did and I don’t think any of us will until the ATFR. Peter and Hannah Ann I feel very confident in saying are not a thing right now and won’t be come finale time. But I really don’t know if he chose her on final rose ceremony day and called it off shortly thereafter. I don’t think he did, but without knowing for sure, I can’t say it with certainty...What I do know is one overriding thing I’ve been told more than anything post show is that “Peter is with Madison, they are dating, but not engaged.”
Yes, this theory leaves a lot of questions unanswered, but it also clears a lot up. Per this theory, Madison Prewett wins the show, as much as "winning" means ending up with the Bachelor in some sense—meaning Hannah Ann Sluss is the most likely contender to be the next Bachelorette.
Here's what we still don't know: What happens in Australia after Prewett leaves, and Sluss is left behind? (I'm assuming from the above that Sluss is probably rejected by Weber, who then flees to go after Prewett, but who knows?) And what happened between Weber and Prewett after that? If he went after her to propose and ended up doing so, wouldn't the show end that way, rather than...
Weber may get a live "Final Rose" finale.
There are several hints that ABC is revving up to give Weber a live finale: That Weber himself said his season would remain "unspoilable." That a number of show insiders have confirmed that his ending is "abnormal." And this, from ABC exec Rob Mills, per ET:
What we’ve seen about the finale over the years is that the 'finale' is really on that night when the show goes live. There’s a lot of craziness, it’s a roller coaster, but I would say even now the roller coaster hasn’t ended, and it won’t end until after 'After the Final Rose.'
A live finale would also explain why Prewett was just spotted filming something new with Bachelor producers—as Weber's eventual final pick, she'd be filming footage about the in-between period, which would air during the live finale. (Also, the show finished filming in December; it's unlikely they're just recording some random interview.)
My prevailing theory remains this: After Prewett leaves, Weber decides to pursue her off the show. That's why his ending is so unusual. That's why Prewett is being interviewed by the producers after the show. That's who he reunites with during his live finale. That's who Weber's mom is talking about—she says that "God placed" someone in front of him for a reason.
This would not be the first time the show has saved the biggest drama for the finale: Hannah Brown, Arie Luyendyk Jr., Colton Underwood, and Jason Mesnick all had dramatic ATFRs.
Victoria Fuller places third.
Drum roll, please:
Yup, that's right: Victoria Fuller, who set the Internet on fire with anger after she was selected over Kelsey Weier, goes home after overnights. There's been more off-show drama with her—she and Merissa Pence (the blurred-out woman who warned Weber about Fuller) got into it at a bar in Virginia Beach after filming for the show had ended. Usually the top four are considered for The Bachelorette, but in the case of Fuller I doubt she'd end up being selected.
Reality Steve maintains that Weber is with someone post-show, and that it's either Sluss or Prewett (there was a popular fan theory that he ends up with a producer, which RS shot down almost immediately). But, RS adds, the reason why the season ending is being billed as unusual and unspoilable (see below) is how we get there. There was no engagement during the final rose ceremony. And there are some holes to fill in to figure out exactly what happened and where Weber is now. Also...
Weber's not with Hannah Brown—but he said something very interesting.
Episode two was the last Hannah Brown footage for the show. She doesn't make a stealthy appearance at the end, and the finale freakout where Weber appears to become overwhelmed by Chris Harrison's new information may just be "editing trickery" on the part of the show, per Reality Steve. In other words, the news/info that Weber gets just before The Final Rose might not be as big of a deal as the show makes it out to be.
However! Weber did admit in a recent interview that he asked Brown to leave with him in their vulnerable on-air conversation in episode 2, thereby quitting the show entirely (kudos to my friend for spotting this). The interviewers (around 2:35) assume that Weber couldn't just possibly say that he'd leave the show for Brown, due to contractual obligations. And then he comes back with: "I was so dumb, cuz I did say that!" The producers just opted not to show it, and obviously Weber continued on with being the show lead, but wow. That's a pretty important discovery.
So, I guess, if he doesn't end up with anyone after the show, maybe they should text each other?
No matter what, the end of Weber's season is very strange.
Reality Steve still doesn't know the ending, and has explained that he doesn't think the season ending has happened yet (in other words, the drama is still unfolding even after the final rose ceremony). Weber himself has said the ending is not going to be spoiled; this would make his season the first in a long time that viewers would go into without knowing how it ends. Also...host Chris Harrison teased that the season might not be over yet.
And then there's this clip, a rare flash-forward:
In the clip, which seemingly takes place at the end of the season, Chris Harrison approaches Peter and says, “Before you do what you’re about to do, there is something you should know...something I just found out, all of us just found out...I’m not sure how this all ends, so I just wanted to give you a heads up.” Cut to Peter sobbing, and saying, "I feel like I'm about to pass out right now. It's just the last thing that I needed to hear."
There's also this moment in preview clips that shows Peter's mom sobbing: "Don't let her go. Don't let her go. Bring her home. Bring her home to us." Which only confuses things further. Who could Peter's mom have gotten so attached to? And why does she think Peter's about to let her go? Or has already let her go? I have so many questions.
Fans have speculated that Prewett must have won, because she's following Weber's friend Courtney on Instagram. But that can't be definitive proof either, because Courtney and Prewett met when Prewett went to Weber's parents' vow renewal in episode one. So, we still have no idea what's going on with Weber's ending. I am irritated.
There's an intriguing theory about Hannah Ann.
You might remember that a Bachelor fan discovered through Venmo last year that Colton Underwood had ended up with Cassie Randolph, long before the season finished airing. Well, the good folks over at Women's Health had the same idea this year, and promptly did a very thorough deep-dive into Weber's Venmo account.
The idea is simple: If you use Venmo, you'll know that you almost always end up Venmo'ing your significant other a ton, whether it's for takeout, bills, a new coffee table, rent, whatever. So it stands to reason that, since Weber's Venmo account was public when Women's Health conducted its investigation, he'd have Venmo'd whoever he ended up with (assuming he ended up with someone). Especially since all the frontrunners have Venmo.
So, per this investigation, Weber hasn't Venmo'd any of the frontrunners, and they all have public Venmo accounts—but Hannah Ann has a private one, so if they'd exchanged money for, I don't know, Uber Eats while they're sneaking around post-show, we wouldn't know about it. Of course, it's very possible that Weber is under strict instructions not to Venmo any of the contestants (although...wouldn't he just set his account to private), or that Weber hasn't ended up with anyone. But Hannah Ann makes his top two. So I'm going to go with...yeah, it's pretty telling.
We've learned more about his contestants.
Here's what we know about the other women on Weber's season.
- What we know about Natasha Parker.
- What we know about Madi Prewett.
- What we know about Kelsey Weier.
- What we know about Hannah Ann Sluss.
- What we know about Kelley Flanagan.
- What we know about Victoria Paul.
- What we know about Victoria Fuller.
- What we know about Sydney Hightower.
- What we know about Alayah Benavidez.
- What we know about Sarah Coffin.
Two of the contestants have faced backlash.
In fairly eye-roll-y news, two contestants got some fan snark after an episode in which we got to know them a little better. The first is Victoria Paul, who—two days after she left the show—was back in Louisiana doing pageant duties. In case you're not aware, some contestants, like Caelynn Miller-Keyes, have gotten flak in the past for missing out on crowning their successor because they were shooting the show. The implication here is that Paul either 1) knew she was going to leave the show at a certain time, or 2) that she assessed the situation at that moment to see whether she and Weber had a future.
I'm more inclined to think that she laid it all out for Weber and he blindsided her, so she left, but that's just me.
There's also Hannah Ann Sluss, who told Weber she'd never been in love before despite being in a relationship with someone for 3.5 years.
But, as Reality Steve notes (and I actually agree with him), one can be in a relationship and look back later to realize you never loved the person as much as you thought. Contestants (cough*Jed Wyatt*cough) get crap for making light of their pre-show relationships, but this doesn't feel, to me at least, to be dishonest.
Interestingly, Weber has said the contestant he's most interested in talking to during Women Tell All is Sydney Hightower, saying, "She never came off to me the way I'm seeing how she acted with some of the women when I wasn't there." So...I have the feeling that'll be more dramatic than either of the above.
Off-show, the contestants are interacting with each other.
We still don't know the ending of Weber's season, but the female contestants (the top four, anyways) are having some very interesting interactions with each other on Instagram that might hint at some of the divisions on the show.
Of the top four, it appears as though Sluss (top 2) and Fuller (#3) are supporting each other on Insta, and Prewett (top 2) and Weier (#4) are doing something similar. Could that speak to division within the top four? Unclear.
The finale apparently took place in Australia.
The international locations for some of the final dates, according to Reality Steve, were Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru, and the finale took place in Australia for the first time in the show's history. As such, the spoilers that we've been getting from those later episodes are fewer than the U.S.-based dates, where everyone knows about the show and has a cameraphone ready to document it in excruciating detail. But everyone's back in the U.S. now, and we can officially commence looking at contestants' Instagrams in the hope that we might get some teeny tiny spoilers about the end result.
Weber accidentally split open his head.
Did you notice Weber's painful-looking forehead scar in later previews? Yeah, that happened during filming. While the cast was still in California, Weber was apparently carrying some cocktail glasses (for the women, I assume) and fell face-first into the drinks. He had to be driven to the hospital, where he got 22 stitches in his face (ouch).
Here it is post-show, looking a little better in an interview with The Ringer's Juliet Litman:
It's a little...dare I say it...sexy? Very Harry Potter.
There was a potential frontrunner, but she was eliminated.
This had to be some kind of record, to have a possible frontrunner before shooting even started:
This woman was later IDed as Sarah Coffin. Sarah's from Tennessee, a radiology student, and apparently has a sweet personality (and no dramatic rumors or spoilers on her, as with some other contestants). But Weber got rid of her early.
Weber's been a little bit surprising in his choices. We also had two flight attendants (one, Jade Gilliland, is divorced and her former sister-in-law had some very mean thoughts about the casting)—but he eliminated them quickly. There's also a pilot, Alexis Thind, who was eliminated, meaning he didn't keep anyone in the same profession as him. A number of the pageant girls left early on, too.
Interestingly, Sluss is good friends with Bachelor alum Hannah Godwin, and Sydney Hightower went to school with Hannah Brown. So we also know that several contestants have been kind of adjacent to the show's universe before coming on. That can bode well for them staying on the show, as we can see with Sluss.
Spoilers on all of Weber's women here.
Initial shooting was in L.A.
Weber's from California, so this makes sense. Date four was in Cleveland and involved the Cleveland Browns. Locations for the international dates 5-7 were spoiled early (Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru). Shooting started on September 20, and spoilers came out of most of their U.S.-based dates:
We already know that one group date saw the women dressing up in flight suits and Weber looking like he just walked out of a scene from Top Gun. There's more intel that there was another group date that had to be cancelled because Weber got food poisoning (OOPS). Oh, and the fact that Weber now has an enormous cut on his face that required 20-plus stitches and must be driving the producers insane.
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