Watching Rachel Lindsay and Peter break up on the season finale of The Bachelorette was emotional (we may have been misty-eyed for 2.5 seconds), but watching Lindsay and Peter watch their breakup on live television was just straight up uncomfortable. Now that we know Bryan Abasolo and Lindsay are officially engaged, let’s dive into all of the discomfort of After the Final Rose.
For season 13’s finale spectacular, the folks behind Bachelor Nation mixed it up and had Lindsay (poor girl) watch the episode sitting next to Chris Harrison…and in front of a live audience.
After Lindsay sent Eric home during the finale, we felt conflicted. In all honesty, we were super skeptical about Eric from the get-go, but he made a total 180 over the course of the season. When he steps onto the ATFR stage, he shares that, yes, he was heartbroken over not getting a rose, but the emotional journey he shared with Lindsay truly changed him as a person. Eric confirms that he still loves Lindsay, but that The Bachelorette taught him to “let love in.” We vote Eric and Kenny both come back as the Bachelor. Kaythanksbye.
Next in the breakup brigade is Peter. His finale goodbye was raw and heartbreaking and there’s clearly still some animosity between the pair. Lindsay starts by calling out his “deep-rooted issues” and says that while she respects his decision to opt out of proposing because he wasn’t sure she was “the one,” maybe finding love on reality TV really isn’t for him. Burn.
Peter, Peter, humble-pie eater feels attacked, and Harrison reminds us of when Peter said that Lindsay would lead a life of mediocrity if she didn’t wait until he was ready to propose. Pissed, Lindsay assures him that she’s living her best life (Yass, girl!), and Peter whines that after their breakup, he “walked past her eyelashes on the floor for two days” because she cried them off. Boy, bye.
After Lindsay and Harrison say sayonara to Peter, Bryan comes out and reproposes to Rachel. The newly engaged couple is all smiles and says they're still figuring out how to bring their lives together now that they can be a normal couple. Bryan spills that they're deciding between settling down in L.A., Dallas and Miami and that his mother has chilled out (thank goodness) and officially welcomed Lindsay into the Abasolo family.
We say goodbye to the former Bachelorette and get a quick preview of the highly-controversial season four of Bachelor in Paradise that addresses the whole Corinne and DeMario debacle. We also learn that Dean has found love in a hopeless place and are reminded Robby is extremely attractive. Tune in to see Robby's abs on the season premiere of BiP next Monday, August 14, at 8 p.m. EDT/PDT.
Well, friends, we've seen lots of tears, love lost and a whole lot of awkwardness throughout season 13 of The Bachelorette, but it all worked out in the end. Congratulations to Rachel and Bryan. May their future be more Trista and Ryan than Ben and Lauren.