'The Bachelorette' Finale Preview: Will Emily Maynard Follow Brad Womack's Example?
(WARNING! The following may contain "The Bachelorette" finale spoilers. Read at your own risk.)
Intrigue has no one definitive recipe. Especially not within "The Bachelorette."
The seventh season was the dating equivalent to "Hostel" or "Saw": romantic torture porn, with a grown woman behaving like a self-centered 15-year-old, playing weekly head games with innocent men, and inflicting repeated mental (occasionally physical) trauma upon unsuspecting suitors.
This season, Emily Maynard's resolve that she is fresh out of f**ks to give about showing misbehaving, disrespectful men the door has made for a series worth tuning in to each week simply because it's clear she could decide to pick off anybody at any time for any reason because she's been jerked around far too much. She's had her own Ashley Hebert-like "made of stupid" moments here and there, but it's fun seeing a woman who genuinely won't take any s**t.
It's been enjoyable enough to make up for the aggravating bait-and-switch of ABC building half the season toward a teased blow-up over Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s previous relationship with a show producer, only for the ultimate payoff to be that everybody was pretty much cool with the whole thing. It was an inconsequential, manufactured "controversy" and one damn cheap way to pop a rating.
With that last caveat especially in mind, it's hard to say what to make of this teaser pimping the "Men Tell All" special in which douchebag will apparently take up arms against douchebag (or so the editing claims) and what looks to be a tense finale. Maynard's mother warns her not to get engaged to anybody quite yet, and host Chris Harrison is seen to tell her "it sounds like you know what you want to do and what you need to do today." There's a direct reference, even, to a sense that she's perhaps going to "betray" both Luyendyk Jr. and second finalist Jef Holm.
And all this from a woman who once won the hand of a second-time-around "Bachelor" who ended his first run choosing neither of his finalists.
Check out the clip below, and feel free to share your predictions in the Comments section.