How will it end on ABC's The Bachelor on Monday, March 14? Is Ben Higgins really in love with two women, and did he pick the right one?
After the elimination of single mom Amanda Stanton last night, only Caila Quinn, JoJo Fletcher and Lauren Bushnell vying for the final rose.
Who will Ben choose in three weeks? The Bachelor spoilers await ...
Before we reveal the dramatic conclusion, a brief recap:
- Ben came in third on Kaitlyn Bristowe's season of The Bachelorette last summer behind Nick Viall and Shawn Booth.
- After starting with 25 women in total, The Bachelor narrowed the field to four contenders, whose hometowns he visited.
- He tearfully eliminated Amanda Stanton last night on ABC.
- As such, he will soon embark on overnight, Fantasy Suite journeys with Caila, JoJo and Lauren. Hot. Stuff.
- Ben is in love with two women, he says, so there's that.
That last bullet point forms the crux of fan speculation that The Bachelor spoilers from the venerable Reality Steve are wrong somehow.
One theory in particular involves Ben pulling a Jason Mesnick, regretting his season finale selection and wooing the runner-up afterward.
Jason, if you recall, proposed to Melissa Rycroft, then married Molly Malaney, who he rejected. Many think Higgins will do the same.
While this would make for epic TV, is it really in the cards?
Seeing a teary-eyed Ben Higgins struggling with his decision in the finale previews certainly would lend itself to that sort of interpretation.
By all accounts, Caila Quinn gets the boot next, leaving Lauren Bushnell and JoJo Fletcher - the two women Ben says he's in love with.
So ... is there an epic, Mesnick-esque twist in our future?
No. Reality Steve maintains that his Bachelor spoilers are correct, that Ben proposed to his final rose winner, and they are still engaged.
The man's track record is such that you should pretty much always believe what he says, yet never truly know until it's over and done.
He initially told us Kaitlyn picked no one, and botched the end of Desiree Hartsock and Brad Womack's seasons somewhat. He's human.
Just probably not wrong in this case. Quoth the Oracle:
“It doesn’t matter what Ben said to JoJo that day, or the day before, or how much he professed his love. It doesn’t change what happened."
"It’s a normal final rose ceremony where both women showed up, he dumped JoJo, got engaged to Lauren, and they are engaged to this day."
"Don’t be fooled by editing.”
Well, there you go. There's always a chance of a wrinkle we don't see coming, but by all accounts ... Ben and Lauren Bushnell are together.