Desiree Hartsock is closing in on get her fairy-tale ending, and according to The Bachelorette spoilers we've read, the season finale may not surprise viewers.
Or will it?
Desiree is in fact engaged, some reports indicate, and given that she's already sharing that she's in love with Brooks Forester, he seems like the obvious pick.
There's something unusual about the editing approach this season, however, beginning with her openness about that fact, and the overall scheduling.
The Men Tell All special airs next week, a week earlier than normal, essentially setting up a two-part finale after that with three guys still remaining.
What we could see is a cliffhanger of sorts after the penultimate episode. The question is whether it's a big deal, or just a matter of clever editing.
The general consensus is that it all comes down to Brooks Forester.
Assuming Desiree Hartsock is already leaning towards Brooks, why drag it out for two episodes? Why make it so clear that he's the heavy favorite?
There are two obvious, albeit conflicting explanations for this:
- Brooks does not win Ms. Hartsock's final rose after all.
- He does, but there's a separate obstacle to come.
Assuming it's #1, well played, ABC. Assuming it's #2, that obstacle could be Brooks' willingness to go get on the same "forever" page as Desiree.
The previews may suggest the latter. Desiree is seen sobbing, seemingly heartbroken, wearing the outfit she has on for (we think) greeting Brooks.
Brooks Forester and Desiree are showing in an embrace as viewers hear him talk about loving her, however, he is not shown saying that on camera.
If you ask Reality Steve, the perennial authority on The Bachelorette spoilers, the ending will play out just as he predicted it would months ago:
Drew Kenney, he says, is eliminated in third place, setting up a Chris Siegfried vs. Brooks finale, with Forester popping the question at the end.
Despite all the scheduling shifts and unusual edits, the finale is rather conventional, he says, with Chris getting nixed and Brooks bringing it home.
He could be wrong, certainly. But that what what he says.
Steve notes that ABC “wouldn't change around the ending of their show for the first time in 26 seasons to have it play on like it normally does.”
By that, he means that there will likely be some unforeseen conflict involving Brooks, however he is short on specifics about what the will entail.
One theory? Brooks leaves, temporarily, crushing our girl ... only to come back later and convince Desiree Hartsock that he is in fact all in for life.
Or all of this could be wrong and Drew or Chris could win the final rose in the end. We will never know for certain until the season finale plays out.
UPDATE, 7/23: The Men Tell All has come and gone, and what's been promised is a two-part finale that is the most surprising and emotional EVER.
As you can see from the season finale preview above, Des' tears are the focal point as she sobs, says "it's over" and "I just want to go home."
UPDATE, 7/27: As rumors continue to swirl about the finale, all of the talk seems to surround Brooks and the unprecedented, shocking ending.
UPDATE, 7/29: Des' always-outspoken brother has gone on record on Twitter saying that he can't reveal the winner ... but "Reality Steve is wrong."
Steve counters that he stands by his sources and spoilers, though he admits he has a major intel gap between now and the final rose ceremony.
So there's that.
UPDATE, 7/30/13: The shocking conclusion we've been promised? Certainly appears to be as advertised after Brooks and Des' apparent breakup.
Will he return to sweep her off her feet? Will Drew or Chris swoop in? Will she leave as single as the day she signed on to star on the ABC reality hit?
We will soon find out. For now, share all of your comments and predictions on The Bachelorette spoilers with us below, and vote in our ongoing survey:
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