Well, well, well… this uneventful-turned-nailbiter season comes to its “dramatic conclusion” tonight (Monday August 5) on ABC at 8pm/7pm Central with a 2-hour Finale Part 2 followed by a 1-hour After The Final Rose (ATFR). What do and don’t we know about tonight’s season ender?

  • The Finale Part 2 is not live, but it will air in front of a live in-studio audience, hosted by Chris Harrison.
  • The ATFR will be live, and in front of a live in-studio audience, hosted by Chris Harrison.
  • Des, Chris H, Chris S, Drew, and Nate (Des’ brother) are in the Finale P2.
  • Des, Chris H, Chris S, Drew, and Brooks will be in the ATFR.
  • We don’t know yet if Brooks is in the Finale P2. Nor do we know if Des’ parents will be there? Will there be any Meet-The-Parents dates? Or will they have Meet-The-Bro dates instead?
  • Late breaking news: The next Bachelor lead will be announced during the ATFR. Who will it be? According to Bachelor and Bachette Fans
  • Birthday Boy Juan Pablo (yes today is his bday) is in LA now, while other strong contenders like Zak W (Des’ F4), Jef (Bette 8 Emily’s F1), and Arie Jr (Bette 8 Emily’s F2) are not. Usually the next lead is present for an on-air intro and convo with ringmaster Chris H when they are announced.
  • Last week a bystander saw and tweeted that Chris S and Elan (a TB producer) were filming a segment under Seattle’s Space Needle in which Chris S handed out roses to passersby! Could it be a “don’t worry, I’m doing fine!” segment pre-taped for ATFR? Or will it be part of a “Chris S is our next Bachelor!” announcement? Check out the non-hint IG that Chris posted last night.
  • Why has Drew recently relocated to LA from Scottsdale (AZ)? For his modeling career? To be with Des – is Drew her F1? Or to film the next season as TB’s lead? Also, Drew has been conspicuously absent from social media since TBette filming first began.
  • Things that make you go hmmm…
  • LATE BREAKING NEWS: Arie Jr announces that he will NOT be the next TB lead!

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‘Bachelorette’ Finale Sneak Peek: Can Desiree Move On?
Just aired this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America

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The Bachelorette Season Finale Peek

via ABC’s The Bachelorette on Hulu.com

The Rose Forecast: The Finale, Part 2

via ABC’s The Bachelorette on Hulu.com

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See you back here as we live-blog the season ender during the East coast and West coast broadcasts!

In the meantime, DISCUSS!!

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  • albean99

    Thanks, Rosewise. I voted engaged but struggling. I still hope there’s no engagement though.

  • rosewise

    IMHO Des should not only not get engaged, but she should have taken a break from all 3 guys to clear her head until the ATFR.

    Then she can pull a half-Mesnick and ask Chris or Drew to start dating on the ATFR if she wants either one.

  • rosewise

    Or here’s another option…

    She’s “engaged but struggling” with Brooks since the Finale.

    Then she pulls a FULL-Mesnick live on the ATFR – she dumps Brooks and asks Chris or Drew if they’d like to go out for dinner sometime.

    (Or visa versa – Chris/Drew are her F1 but she Mesnicks in favor of Brooks at the ATFR.)

  • MissMyEm

    Thanks Rosewise. I always look forward to your threads. I’m just wondering if the producers put someone up to the engagement, and whether there’s a contract that states it can end in 6 months or even a year. There’s just something that doesn’t make sense to me. As for the next bachelor…I didn’t think it would be Arie, Jr. If I had my druthers, I’d pick Juan Pablo hands down. I don’t think Drew is all that and as for Chris..the hometown episode just turned me off to him. I don’t mind poetry once but when it gets to be constant, it’s just too much and seems too needy to me. Additionally, that nose scene…good grief…I am glad I wasn’t eating dinner at the time.

  • MissMyEm

    All I know was when I saw her on Kimmel she looked happy. And she also looked happy on MTA. I don’t know what that means but whatever…she’s “appears to be” happy.

  • rosewise

    Completely agree on the OTT poetry thing. So not my love language at all. Why doesn’t TPTB ever hire or cast the Acts-of-Service types? You know, the ones who know how to change a tire, who’ll mow the lawn, who’ll fix a link in the sink, that sort of thing? I think Trista’s Ryan was the last of that ilk, plus he wrote poetry to boot!

    As for Juan Pablo, I can just see TPTB subtitling his entire season HA! Not because he needs it – I can understand JPa just fine – but because TPTB put subtitles on people with even the slightest accent! Or maybe, just like on Brad 2.0 where they had the former bassist from rock group Toto (or something like that) act as Brad’s psychologist, so too will Juan Pa be given a rockstar-turned-English-coach to turn to. “Coach, how do I tell Desdemona that I really like her but that I need her to be more expressive with me?”