ABC/John Fleenor(NEW YORK) — In part one of The Bachelor‘s season 23 finale, Colton broke up with Tayshia and Hannah G., choosing to lay it all on the line for Cassie. In part two, the gamble paid off — and one of his former suitors, Hannah B., was revealed as the next Bachelorette.
The episode opens where the first part left off — with Colton showing up at Cassie’s hotel room. When he tells her about all that’s happened over the past 48 hours, she’s both shocked and flattered, but no less confused.
Colton tells Cassie that this time, he’s not just “telling” her he loves her, but “proving it,“ reiterating his original offer of “not asking for marriage at the end of this,” but rather “a second chance to take things day by day and figure it out.”
Cassie eventually agrees to give the relationship another shot, and they go to meet Colton’s family in Mallorca, Spain
Colton greets his family with the news that he’s no longer a virgin, which turns out to be a lie. He also prepares them for the fact that rather than the two ladies they were expecting to see, it’s just Cassie, with whom he’s still “working things out.” That raises concerns from his parents, who are worried that Colton may be heading for another heartache.
After a round-robin of conversations with Colton and Cassie, the folks are still on the fence. That doesn’t deter Colton, who says he would rather have his heart broken again than lose Cassie.
The next day, the couple heads out on a date, which includes a picnic at the foot of a seaside cliff. However, getting there will take a literal leap of faith — they’ll have to rappel their way down to the site using roles. At the bottom, Cassie reveals the reason behind her fear of commitment. She tells Colton about a past relationship in which the guy was very “controlling.” The memory of that is so “ingrained” in her memory, she’s been hesitant about committing in subsequent relationships.
Colton assures Cassie that he wants her to live her life, adding that they can have their own hobbies, interests and friends, but come together at the end of the day. That’s good enough for Cassie, who says that more than ever, she feels how much Colton loves her and is “starting to kind of accept it.”
The date ends with dinner and a trip to the Fantasy Suite, where the two spend an “amazing” night together. They do “what’s best for their relationship” and “grew as a couple,” leaving Colton feeling like “a new man.” Exactly what that mean in terms of Colton’s virginity, we may never know. The most Colton will say is, “A gentleman never kisses and tells.”
At the finale after party, the couple told host Chris Harrison that engagement is “Definitely something we talked about,” but for now, they’re just “super in love.” Harrison tried one more time to find out what happened in the Fantasy Suite, but Colton said he would rather keep that a mystery: ”I know I’ve been open and candid about my virginity,” he explained, “but since there are now two of us, it’s something we are going to keep to ourselves.” Harrison replied, “I’ll take that as a ‘yes.’”
The couple then danced to a live performance by Air Supply, singing their 1983 hit, “Making Love Out of Nothing at All.”
As previously mentioned, Harrison also revealed the identity of the next Bachelorette, which, to almost no one’s surprise, is Hannah Brown — a.k.a Hannah B.
Brown’s season of The Bachelorette, the show’s 15th, premieres May 13 on ABC.
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