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Spoilers ahead for Hannah Brown's season of The Bachelorette on ABC and the alleged aftermath.
There's never been a season of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette without its fair share of melodrama, even in the seasons that actually resulted in happy endings that last. Still, the drama of Hannah Brown's season of The Bachelorette is pretty one-of-a-kind thanks to how unambiguously Luke P. has been presented as the villain. The "villain" of each season usually has at least something going for him, but Luke P. doesn't have any allies other than Hannah on the show, and fans aren't exactly rooting for him en masse either.
That said, at this point in the season and taking into account purported spoilers about who Hannah picks, the time has come to wonder if Jed Wyatt could actually be worse for Hannah than Luke P. Read on for a rundown of which guy could be worse for poor Hannah!
The Case For Jed As The Worst
On the surface, Jed seems to have one of the sweetest and least problematic romances with Hannah at this point in her season. The July 1 episode saw them bonding on a date in Amsterdam, complete with a pep talk from an old married couple that definitely wasn't super obviously staged for our viewing pleasure. Hannah believes she's falling in love with Jed, and Jed was overjoyed to hear it. Awww, right?
Well, not if you've been paying attention to the buzz surrounding Jed's pre-Bachelorette actions as well as why he came on The Bachelorette in the first place. Back in June, reports surfaced that Jed had a girlfriend when he left to woo Hannah on The Bachelorette, and his ex(?) was opening up about their relationship. She even stated that Jed claimed the show would make their relationship stronger.
Normally, I'd have to wonder if this was a total misunderstanding or perhaps something being blown out of proportion to try and gain attention. Considering that Jed openly admitted earlier in the season that he'd come on The Bachelorette to promote his musical career, the idea that he had a girlfriend before turning up to serenade Hannah doesn't sound too wild. He's also not above pettiness with Luke.
Now, does any of this mean that he'll be accused of being a "psychopath" or any of the other words that have been hurled at Luke? No. But it could mean that he's the worse option for Hannah at this point. He could be inauthentic on top of being there for the wrong reason, and that's not a recipe for happiness. Considering reports of what happened between Hannah and Jed after the end of her season, Hannah may be coming to the same conclusion.
The Case For Luke P. As The Worst
Where to start? Luke P. has been alienating the other guys trying to woo Hannah more and more as the weeks pass, and he hasn't seemed entirely stable while doing so. He was called a "psychopath" for a reason, and his constant manipulation of Hannah hasn't made it difficult to root against him.
He's always ratting out the other guys, and generally misrepresenting them to Hannah in the process while also making himself seem sympathetic. Honestly, it's almost impressive that he's pulled it off and swept Hannah off her feet. Almost.
Luke P. already shamed Hannah for embracing her sexual side earlier in the season, and it was one of the few moments when Hannah seemed to actually see through him despite his attempts to explain away how he offended her. The promo for the next episode reveals Luke saying he won't sleep with Hannah in the fantasy suite, then more or less giving her an ultimatum about whether she's slept with any of the other gents.
Hannah won't take his nonsense anymore, and she can be seen announcing that she slept with somebody in a windmill. Twice! Next week could finally be Luke's bow out of Hannah's season of The Bachelorette. Also, he threw bologna in Garrett's face in the July episode, which made me wish more than ever that Hannah got to watch the footage of what happened when she wasn't in the room.
Does Luke seem like the worst at this point? In my book, yes. But for better or worse, viewers at least know what they're getting with Luke at this point. Jed seems like a great guy, but he could be a snake who only breaks Hannah's heart. The next episode should definitely be interesting.
Tune in on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET for new episodes of The Bachelorette. One Bachelorette favorite has some bizarre relationships ahead, and Bachelor in Paradise is still to come in the summer premiere lineup, so the drama won't be done even after Hannah distributes her final rose. The men Hannah rejects could very well reappear on Bachelor in Paradise, and familiar faces from other Bachelor franchise seasons will undoubtedly appear as well.
ABC will have some reality dating competition this season thanks to a new CBS project. The Eye Network will premiere an American version of the popular British reality series Love Island. The American version will have to conform to broadcast standards from the U.S. side of the pond, and executive producer David Eilenberg shared how things will be different between the two versions.
A freshman show that's untested in the American market normally wouldn't seem like actual competition for one of the installments in ABC's uber popular Bachelor franchise, but CBS is going all-in on Love Island. New episodes of Love Island will air every single weeknight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC for nearly a full month. The show kicks off on Tuesday, July 9 and runs through Wednesday, August 7.
The Bachelorette may air two-hour installments on its nights of primetime, but Love Island will run for five hours of primetime during its weeks on the air. (It occupies the slot ahead of Big Brother.) Could Love Island prove to be genuine competition for the Bachelor franchise? Or is the drama of Hannah's season with Luke and Jed enough to keep viewers hooked? Only time will tell.