Pals, Monday night’s The Bachelorette finale was wild.
Rachel sent home a crowd favorite, there was a very long, agonizing breakup, and it all culminated in an extremely windy, hollow-ish proposal that didn’t seem quite right. We’re here to clear up another thing, though:
Peter should not be the next Bachelor.
It just wouldn’t make sense.
I love Peter as much as the next person, but hear me out.
The final episode featured a heartbreaking, long-winded breakup between Rachel and Peter. Essentially, Rachel expected a proposal, but Peter was unsure about making such a commitment too soon. Neither would budge on their stance.
Both parties have the right to feel this way. Rachel, who is a veteran of this show by now, is certainly allowed to expect a proposal. After all, the Bachelorette expects to no longer be a bachelorette at the end of this whole thing, and is in it to win it “it” being a husband.
Peter, for his part, has the right to want to wait longer than nine weeks to propose to a woman he’s known for just that long. It was clear by the heart-wrenching and “frustrating” discussion about their future (if you want to know know many times it’s possible to work the word “frustrating” into a 20-minute conversation, please watch The Bachelorette season finale), that Rachel and Peter loved one another. That is, they love each other as much as they can after this process. And let’s face it, if Peter was seriously down to propose, Rachel would’ve totally chosen him over Bryan. Who wouldn’t?
But no, Peter wanted to take it slow, get to know Rachel further, think about their future together, wait to propose until the moment was truly right, and make sure his proposal to Rachel would be his last proposal ever. Rachel wasn’t down for that. She was confused and put off by the fact that Peter “didn’t know what he wanted,” and their discussion ended in a tearful goodbye that ripped Peter fans’ hearts to shreds, including mine.
True, Peter might appear to be one of the most genuine, honest contestants in the franchise’s history. It was frustrating for him that he loved Rachel so much, but couldn’t convince her to sacrifice her quest for the ring.
One question though: has Peter ever seen this show?
If Peter knew that he would always want to wait longer than nine weeks to decide if he wanted to marry someone and knew that The Bachelorette typically ends in a proposal, why did he come on the show?
From the beginning, Rachel knew what she wanted. She had seen this kind of behavior from her last boyfriend he talked a lovely game, but ultimately couldn’t commit. Peter said he wants a wife and kids and to go to football games and picnics or whatever with Rachel, but he didn’t take the step to get there. Again, Peter is allowed to be cautious about one of the biggest decisions of his life, but then why was he a contestant on a show that notably squishes ‘falling in love’ into less than three months?
Typically, a booted Bachelorette contestantbecomes the next Bachelor, but this contestant should not be Peter.
During the live finale where Rachel and Peter uncomfortably sat next to each other on a couch after not seeing each other since the night they broke up Rachel told Peter that this process “might not be for him.” Let’s be real, though: she’s really saying, “Dude, why did you waste my time?” And Peter agrees. This process might not be for him after all.
That exchange tells us all we need to know. If ABC decides to make Peter the next Bachelor, they’re making a huge mistake. And so is Peter if he accepts.
I’m happy she’s happy but I REALLY hope the Bachelor is peter!!!
Erin (@stlbluesfan58) August 8, 2017
The bachelor already wrecked me once by not picking Luke, so if they don’t pick Peter for the next bachelor I might lose my mind
Bailey Anderson (@bayanderson522) August 8, 2017
Sure, the season could be marketed as the season where Peter is finally ready to settle, but that would just seem fake at this point. It is so obvious that Peter doesn’t want to play the game that if he did agree to be the next Bachelor, everything his fans love about him his genuineness, his honesty, etc. would be out the window. Then he would be playing the same game we’ve seen reality stars play too often the one where the B-list star tries everything to stay in the spotlight at all costs.
I don’t want to see him be a pawn in that game.
So Peter, you’ll be fine. You will find a girl who you’ll date for months, if not years, and you two will settle down when the time is right. You will get your wife, your kids, your football games, your family dinners. (Your modeling photos and your personal training business and your six-pack abs will surely not hurt your chances.) And when the time is right, the girl you choose will be your first and last proposal, just like you want.
You just won’t find her on the next season of The Bachelor. Leave that to Eric.