Well, we may now have a winner for one of the most awkward conversations that we’ve ever heard on The Bachelorette finale.
ABC chose to do something a little bit differently in the presentation of the finale, as they featured interviews and live content in the midst of segments that were filmed way back when. Basically, they showed Rachel Lindsay and Peter Kraus’ devastating breakup mixed with some SUPER awkward conversation with Chris Harrison after the fact.
One of the big issues at the heart of the relationship was that of commitment, and this is where things get frustrating. Basically, we felt like Peter was perpetually penalized on this show for not wanting to propose at the end of it. He wasn’t able to get to the point on the show where he was ready to get down on one knee, and that was in some way a problem.
If this was real life, Peter would probably be celebrated for this. However, this is The Bachelorette, and if you are on the show, there is a certain expectation that there will be a proposal at the end. The last man to not do this was Juan Pablo Galavis, and he was basically tossed in the dumpster by producers at the end of the show. This is where things get a little weird for Peter being a part of the show: Why did he sign up knowing that this was something that was going to be asked of him at the end of this? Well, maybe he thought he would get there faster, or maybe he didn’t think that when he got to the end, he would have to go through with that. Maybe he thought that the love part of it would be enough.
Do we think that Rachel was altogether fair to him? No, but she was in a position where she knew what she wanted and wasn’t willing to compromise for it. Peter was the same way. They were just two people who could not agree on the key points of what mattered in the end, and the breakup was the end result of that. Neither one of them is in the wrong, though we do think that Peter claiming he felt “attacked” was a little over the top. It’s live and it’s easy to feel defensive; yet, he’s also almost sure to be The Bachelor, so he doesn’t have all that much to worry about. (Hey, there is now a tradition of people getting volatile on these finales and still getting another show — just look at what happened with Nick Viall after his conversation with Andi Dorfman … even if it did take a while for that promotion to happen.)
What did you think about this conversation between Peter and Rachel? How awkward was this for you? Share in the comments!
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