SPOILERS ahead from The Bachelor 2020, aka Bachelor Peter Weber's Season 24.
Hannah Brown, quit playing games with our hearts! Peter Weber's The Bachelor 2020 just started and it was three hours of jam-packed content, ending on a cliffhanger for 2019 Bachelorette Hannah B. and her former windmill partner Pilot Pete. So does Hannah stick around or return later or what? Will their love story come full circle with Peter giving Hannah Brown his wings again, right after she returned them in his Bachelor premiere?
Well, we know she does not choose to stay to compete for Bachelor Pete's love -- or at least Round 5 in the windmill. She competed on Dancing With the Stars, which was held live starting in mid-September 2019 in Los Angeles and continued until late November. Bachelor Peter's season started filming in September in L.A. and then moved across the world, as usual, before its mid-November final rose ceremony, which was held in Australia.
According to Reality Steve, next week will show the result of Bachelor Peter and Bachelorette Hannah's conversation. However it plays out, Hannah B. leaves and Peter cancels the sex story part of that group date, since he's not feeling in the right head-space after talking so deeply to Hannah B. and her streaming mascara. (When this was filmed, spoilers initially suggested Peter had food poisoning and had to cancel the date. Sneaky sneaky.)
Is that it for Hannah B.? Maybe not! Put your conspiracy theory tinfoil hats on for this part, because we don't have confirmation or denial of anything further on the Hannah B. front. Not yet, anyway. (UPDATE: On 1/9, Reality Steve did share a Hannah B. and Peter spoiler update. It'll make some fans happy and upset others.)
We do know Bachelor Peter's season did not have a "normal ending" -- meaning it wasn't as simple as he picked one of his finalists dumped another, and got engaged to his "winner." His final two are said to be first-impression rose winner Hannah Ann Sluss and first one-on-one date recipient Madison Prewett. Peter has been bragging that no one will spoil his ending. That led me to believe it'll happen live on the After the Final Rose, and maybe he's still dating people. We don't know yet, and neither does spoiler king Reality Steve. Exciting!
However, The Bachelor premiere's dramatic tease of Peter's final rose ceremony news from Chris Harrison made me wonder if the update is about Hannah B. Is Hannah B. the one Bachelor Pete's mom doesn't want him to let go, or is that another finalist? Could it be Madison? After all, Madi got the first one-on-one date and it was to watch Peter's parents renew their vows. I can see them loving her. Then again, I can see them wanting Hannah B. back in their lives too, after meeting her on The Bachelorette and seeming so thrilled about Peter and Hannah's four times in that windmill.
Does Hannah Brown return to The Bachelor? The timing wouldn't line up for her to show up in Australia for Bachelor Peter's final rose ceremony. According to Steve, that was held November 17 in Australia. Hannah B. was competing on Dancing With the Stars until late November, and she won the show.
But that doesn't mean Hannah B. couldn't reach out to Chris Harrison or production and say "Listen, I'm having second thoughts, I want to talk to Peter." I'm not saying that happens, but it's on the table at this point. No one is going to confirm or deny in the real world.
Also, why did Hannah B. come back at all if it was just for that dramatic and tearful speech about having doubts?
But maybe Hannah B. does not come back or reach out at all. Maybe she is 100% moved on and only came back for closure or more TV time, whatever. Maybe Chris Harrison's news and whoever Peter's mom is talking about have nothing whatsoever to do with Bachelorette Hannah B.
Reality Steve's spoilers have noted that Madison is the virgin that Victoria F. was talking about in the premiere's full season trailer tease. Madison is also the daughter of the Auburn basketball coach. Apparently her dad does not give his blessing to Peter during the hometown dates. So this whole finale twist could be something related to Madi. Maybe she doesn't want to get engaged without her dad's blessing. Maybe Peter's mom wants Madi to be the one he takes home but he has to do some Cassie-style wooing first? But just leaving the show dating would be too much like what Bachelor Colton Underwood already did last year, plus plenty of Bachelors haven't gotten engaged in the end.
It does seem like what happens with Bachelor Peter is new, as opposed to picking no one like Brad Womack or picking someone and dumping them for the runner-up like Jason Mesick or Arie Luyendyk Jr. And as opposed to Bachelorette Hannah's own experience of getting engaged and then finding out her fiancé Jed was there for The Wrong Reasons.
So we know Hannah Brown does not return to be part of Bachelor Peter's season but does she make a different kind of return to re-insert herself in Peter's love story? Does she swoop back in right when he's ready to propose to Hannah Ann or Madison? Or does she stay out of it and the entire final rose ceremony drama, abnormal ending, and "unspoiled" result have nothing to do with the Hannah Beast?
Whew! We'll find out as The Bachelor continues. What a nutty season already. I don't even know what I want to happen yet, other than for everyone to leave happy. Bachelor Peter has been open in interviews as being happy with how the season ended. That suggests he's in love or working on it, but the idea that no one will spoil the ending is really intriguing to me. Bring it on.
The Bachelor Season 24 continues Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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