Finales in the Bachelor franchise are rarely without their twists, ranging from Arie Luyendyk dumping Becca Kufrin for her runner-up to the super awkward Bachelor in Paradise on-air breakup. For Hannah Brown, however, her biggest twist was a good one. The end of her relationship with Jed after his sketchy behavior was spoiled ahead of time, but nobody could have seen the live turn of events when Hannah asked runner-up Tyler Cameron out on a date. He accepted, so is there a shot at a happily-ever-after?
Yes and no. Tyler may have accepted the date, but it wasn't exactly a proposal or invitation to restart their relationship, and there are undoubtedly a lot of raw feelings on both sides. He was also floated as a popular candidate for the next Bachelor leading man. When asked about her feelings if Tyler went on to star in The Bachelor, Hannah said this:
I think it would be a little hard to see him as the Bachelor because there's still feelings there, but I would support him in his happiness. I think that the main thing is figuring out what will make both of us happy, and if that's for him to go on and to have the opportunity to be the Bachelor, I would support him in finding his happiness, just like he supported me with Jed.
Hannah doesn't sound like she'd be thrilled to see Tyler as the next Bachelor due to her lingering feelings and apparent willingness to give their romance another shot, but she's also supportive of what could make Tyler happy. For his part, Tyler seemed pretty overjoyed when Hannah shocked him, the audience, and even Chris Harrison with the invitation to go out for a drink.
Still, the most likely candidates for the Bachelor now seem to be Pilot Peter Weber and Mike Johnson, both of whom Hannah supports for the role. I'm guessing Tyler will be absent from Bachelor in Paradise! Interestingly, Bachelor in Paradise is why Chris Harrison didn't announce the next Bachelor during the Bachelorette finale.
While it's a bummer that we'll have to wait through a bit of Bachelor in Paradise to find out which guy will be distributing roses next on The Bachelor, at least the announcement didn't happen to overshadow Hannah's twist!
Hannah elaborated on her potential future with Tyler in her chat with ET, saying this:
It's only been two months ago, so my feelings just don't go away, but also we've both been hurt. I hurt him, I was hurt through that, and I was hurt through the relationship that I had. I think it's really important that if any type of relationship is going to happen for Tyler and I, that we hang out, and just see where we're at, and if that's friends, if it's more, I'm good with that.
Hannah could probably use a friend who understands what she went through on The Bachelorette, even if what he went through could have easily left him bitter and angry at her.
It is promising to see that neither Hannah nor Tyler seems anxious to jump right back into a serious relationship that will have him down on one knee sooner rather than later. Maybe they have a shot if they get to hang out like normal people! Hopefully, for Tyler's sake, without any horses.
Only time will tell if Hannah and Tyler get to join the ranks of former Bachelor franchise stars who got their happily-ever-after, even if their path to happiness would have been quite unconventional by franchise standards. And hey, maybe Jed will clean up his act after having his pre-Hannah behavior outed on national television!