As fans pore over The Bachelorette spoilers and try to make sense of what transpired two nights ago, one thing is very clear for Brooks Forester:
He regretted what played out on part one of the season finale. Immediately.
Millions of viewers cringed as Brooks Forester crushed leading lady Desiree Hartsock's hopes and dreams Monday night, leading to anguish in Antigua.
Despite his desire to be madly in love with her, he just... wasn't. Awkward pauses followed. Tears ensued. Then more tears. Then they parted ways.
But is it over for good? Despite his actions Monday, don't write Brooks off yet.
He "does care deeply for Des. His feelings were so strong, which made his decision [to leave] difficult," says a source close to the star's #1 choice.
"It was so difficult, in fact, that in the aftermath of their breakup, Brooks started second-guessing himself. He regretted the choice almost immediately."
The uncertainty was evident even during the episode, it appeared.
"I'm surprised," he said, fighting back tears. "I didn't want to leave her. I wasn't expecting that. I didn't know what else to say, though. I just wanted to sit there."
Des, meanwhile, still has two guys in the running, but full-on admitted that the feelings she has for Chris Siegfried and Drew Kenney do not compare.
Hartsock, blindsided and heartbroken, lamented, "I just can't love them as much... And that's not what they deserve. Honestly, for me, it's over."
Is it, though, viewers? All we can do is direct you to The Bachelorette spoilers rundown (first sentence of this article) on THG and ask again:
How do you think The Bachelorette finale will play out?