If The Bachelor is trying to convince us that Peter Weber’s season of the show is *actually* going to be the most dramatic one yet, they may have just sold us. Folks, this season already looks bonkers AF and it just started. Mere seconds into the January 6 three-hour premiere of Season 24, Bach nation was already on a wild ride, as the producers pulled a Lost and flashed forward to the finale of the show, giving audiences a glimpse of this season’s Bachelor, Pilot Pete, standing at the final rose ceremony. But across from him? Not his final pick. Instead, Peter was face-to-face with host Chris Harrison (honestly, still waiting for one contestant to actually choose Harrison—the plot twist we all need), who had some ominous words for our reality TV casanova. “Before you do what you’re about to do, there is something you should know,” Harrison tells a very sweaty Pete. “Theres something I just found out, all of us just found out…I’m not sure how all this ends, so I just wanted to give you a heads up.” Peter was pretty shook. Before Harrison had even finished, there were exclamations of “What!” and “Oh my god,” from the leading man. Initially, I was like “meh”—Chris Harrison popping up once every five episodes to deliver some sort of quote-unquote dramatic news (whether or not it’s actually dramatic remains to be seen) is as predictable as the word “journey” being uttered every other second or the probability of one of the contestants having commitment issues.
But this is hella big news. Next, we see Peter walking around saying, “I feel like I’m gonna pass out right now,” and later, lying on a bed surrounded by producers as a voiceover says, “It’s just the last thing that I needed to hear.” But the pièce de résistance comes at the end of the preview when Peter (plus his new forehead scar) is face-to-face with his tear-streaked mom, who legit pleads with the pilot “Don’t let her go, don’t let her go. Bring her home to us.”
And y’all, Peter looks DISTRESSED. All systems are not go and that flight is 100% not ready for take off!! By the end of the flash-forward, when Peter is holding a ring and spouting off words about not surrendering and love conquering all, I was shouting “Oh my god!” at my computer screen because WTF is happening in this preview?! And more importantly, who TF was mama Weber talking about?! Who does Peter have to bring home?!
Me: Chris Harrison always says this will be the most dramatic season in Bachelor history
Chris Harrison: This will be the most dramatic season in Bachelor history
— // r // (@rebe_cca7) January 7, 2020
It was a lot to process, but after watching the first episode of the season—in which Peter’s former lover and ex-Bachelorette Hannah Brown makes two appearances—we have some ideas.
The family dog has gone missing
If there’s one thing we know about the Weber family from our (much too) limited interactions with them on Hannah’s season, it’s that they seriously put family first. They’re legit all BFFs. So no doubt that love extends to their furry family members as well. There appear to be a plethora of sweet canines around the Weber brood, including Peter’s own dog.
Perhaps, upon coming home with the final two, Peter’s not only confronted by his fam—who have to help him narrow down his two picks—but also confronted with the fact that their beloved doggo is out on the streets of Westlake Village, vulnerable to the sweater-weather fall temps in California. Will Peter have to give up on love to help his family find their beloved furry family member? Will The Bachelor producers have to do a quick pivot and somehow turn canvassing suburban neighbourhoods with “Missing Dog” posters into a sexy one-on-one?
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Peter realizes he’s still in love with Hannah (duh!)
Based on the premiere, this seems like the most likely scenario so far. It’s clear as day that Peter and Hannah still have (or at least had, at the time of filming) strong feelings for each other. Upon coming back to the mansion, first on limo night to give Peter back his wings and then to help plan a date for the girls, Hannah and Peter got INTO IT. Like, they shared confess-that-you-made-a-mistake-and-should-have-asked-out-Peter-over-Tyler-Cameron-on-After-The-Final-Rose kind of feelings. And who among us didn’t sob when Peter told Hannah that his heart dropped when she asked Tyler for a second chance, telling the former beauty queen:“You know how you asked Tyler out on the last episode? Did it ever cross your mind to maybe ask me?”
PETER WEBER TO HANNAH BROWN:
"You asked Tyler out on the last episode…did it ever cross your mind to ask me instead?"
— Lauren Zima (@laurenzima) January 7, 2020
And it’s clear that Hannah herself is super conflicted about her decision. While Peter *did* say that seeing her ask out Tyler C (and putting him firmly in third place) sealed the deal on his feelings for her (yes Peter, know your worth!), maybe at the end of all this he realizes that love truly does conquer all—and that includes pride. Maybe he’ll realize that it’s truly been Hannah all along and jet off (or drive the 20 minutes between their homes) to confess his love once again and take her back.
The pair seem to remain friends…but could they be more?
Peter chooses Hannah then realizes he’s in love with someone else
Or, perhaps instead of realizing he was in love with Hannah, maybe Peter will ultimately choose Hannah only to realize that he’s actually in love with one of the women competing for his heart on his season. That would honestly be WILD, but would we expect anything less from The Bachelor? Or *maybe* at the behest of his mother, he runs to Hannah and takes her back, then at the final rose ceremony (where he plans to propose) finds out that she’s gone back to Tyler C or that his runner-up is there to fight for him. The possibilities!
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One of the girls vanishes à la Taken
Honestly, you’re lying if you didn’t think that scene between Peter and his mom gave you serious Liam Neeson-suspense movie vibes. A bereft mother, sobbing and asking the hunky male lead, who also just so happens to be a pilot and can man a small plane, to bring some unnamed woman back to them? Write it up and get it into production, people! We’ve seen it 100 times, but just add another number to the end and we’re good to go.
Listen, there’s *a lot* of travel on this show, so is it that wild to think that perhaps one of these so-called “flight attendants” is actually the daughter of a former CIA agent who, once touching down with Pete and the other ladies in an international locale, was snapped up by international criminals? Maybe, just maybe, Peter’s mom isn’t even referring to the love of her son’s life, but actually a matter of great national importance, like saving an American citizen who has been snatched à la the seminal Amy Schumer film, Snatched, while on vacay. And only Peter, with his (very limited) expertise as a commercial pilot, can save her!
Listen up criminals: He doesn’t know who you are. He doesn’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, he can tell you that he doesn’t have money (just fit tea sponcon). But what he does have are a very particular set of skills, skills he’s acquired over a very long career. Skills that make him a nightmare for people like you. If you let his GF go now, it’ll be the end of it. He will not look for you, he will not pursue you. But if you don’t, he will look for you, he will find you, and he will make you sing country songs on a group date.
Peter receives a dad’s blessing at the last minute
This wouldn’t be the first season where a Bachelor didn’t get the blessing of his paramour’s parentals (*ahem* Colton *ahem*). And f there’s one thing that the Bach franchise loves more than having a bunch of women fight over a mediocre man, it’s reinforcing the patriarchal notion that a father must give his blessing to his daughter in order for her to marry the person she wants to. Maybe, having met all of the families in hometowns, Peter wasn’t giving the blessing from his desired boo’s fam. Heartbroken, he goes home after narrowing it down to the final two where his mom pleads with him to fight for her. He does, to no avail, and at the final rose ceremony, just before he’s about to ask another woman to marry him (he has her dad’s blessing, after all), he finds out that choice A is back on the table. A last-minute blessing! What is he to do?!
Only time will tell, but here’s hoping for another iconic fence jump.