The Most Dramatic Season Yet?
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Chris Harrison, the famed host of The Bachelor franchise, is known for announcing “This will be the most dramatic season yet,” every time a new one premieres. For the past few seasons, he’s been right: the Bachelors and Bachelorettes have changed their minds once giving or accepting a proposal, contestants have walked out, and drama has ensued through every episode.
Season 16 of The Bachelorette, which premiered earlier this month, has already been unconventional, as it filmed during a pandemic. Clare Crawley’s season was scheduled to start filming at the beginning of March, and was pushed back indefinitely once the pandemic hit. Filming finally began over the summer, after a strict quarantine from all contestants.
Due to the popularity of the show, it’s very difficult for an entire season to get through both filming and airing without a few spoilers coming out. Typically, the franchise ignores the rumors and the season airs as it would if nobody knew a thing. However, only one week in, this season is proving to be an exception.
*I’ve done my best to avoid the headlines, so I don’t know exactly what’s happened so far, but if you don’t want to know anything at all, it might be best to stop reading here*
There were rumors swirling that Clare had fallen in love with one of the contestants within the first week of the show. Instead of filming the rest of the season, as every Bachelorette before her has done, Clare opted to leave the show with her new beau. As talented as the producers of The Bachelorette are, even they are unable to stretch less than two weeks of footage into an entire three-month season. Enter: Tayshia, a fan favorite from a few seasons ago. Rumors swirled that Tayshia was named the new Bachelorette after she was spotted traveling to the resort at which filming was taking place.
On the season’s first episode, I assumed we (the audience) would be led to believe that Clare completed her “journey” as planned. I was sorely mistaken. The producers made it quite clear (in my opinion) who Clare falls in love with, and they make it clear that Clare leaves and a new Bachelorette comes in. In the exact words of Chris Harrison: “Congratulations, you’ve just blown up The Bachelorette.”
What will happen is anyone’s guess, but there’s no doubt that there will be drama, and we’re here for it!
Posted by Sophie