"The odds really weren't in [Chris'] favor to succeed, but succeed he did. The moment they met again [in Antigua], Des instantly knew. She knew the greatest gift of all had been sitting right there under her nose the entire time... When you see Chris and Des together it really makes her relationship with Brooks almost laughable. You just can't compare the two," Harrison wrote in his Entertainment Weekly blog, adding how Hartsock truly bounced back following Forester's departure.
"There was a very real chance that Des was done and in turn, so was our season. We really had to sit back and take our lead from Des... It was all up to her. Thankfully, Des is an incredibly strong and resilient woman. She was somehow (with the help of an amazing host and confidant) able to put the ordeal into perspective and realize that not only had all not been lost, but this was actually a blessing in disguise."
Harrison insisted he never saw a great connection between Hartsock and Forester to begin with.
"I never truly saw in Des and Brooks what Des apparently saw and felt. I don't know what it was, but I just never really felt it between the two of them... Brooks and Des seemed to have an awkward relationship that needed code words to describe it," Harrison explained.
"What I could clearly see was the love [Drew Kenney] and Chris had for Desiree and in particular what a great connection she had with Chris. Very early on I really thought he was the frontrunner. I thought this not just because of what Des said about him, but because of the way they were around each other and how he spoke about her to me off-camera... Chris and Des never needed silly games to express their feelings."
Harrison said while he noticed Hartsock and Siegfried's strong chemistry early on, he's surprised viewers had trouble picking up on it.
"Chris and Des were always great together," the host wrote. "I remember our talk in Portugal when she told me she loved Brooks and everybody freaked out: 'How could they have possibly aired that?' Well, it was funny that nobody remembered in the next sentence she told me she was also in love with Chris. This just seemed to get lost in the noise. Luckily, Chris didn't get lost in the noise."
But Kenney seemed like he was always kind of trailing behind the other two men.
"[Des] quickly realized she cared for this guy but she was really just going through the motions with him and it just wasn't going to happen between them. I know Drew is still a little upset and feels that the Brooks ordeal might have hurt his chances, but I really don't think it did. Des would be very lucky to end up with a guy like him, but she just didn't love him. Chemistry is huge for her and they didn't have it," Harrison explained.
Siegfried and Hartsock ending up together was also apparently just as much a surprise to the show's producers and crew as it was to home viewers. Because of the unpredictable conclusion, Harrison joked "it might actually take me a while before I'll be able to utter those famous words again, 'It's the most dramatic episode... ever.'"
"Even though we knew Chris had a ring in his pocket and we were pretty sure at that point he was going to do it, we still weren't sure in the moment that they would both go there... When they did go there, the room of producers and editors hung on their every word with no idea of what was going to happen... When she said yes the room erupted and there were hugs, high-fives and even a few tears."
Harrison added he couldn't be happier that Hartsock and Siegfried are now in love and engaged.
"I love Chris and Des together and I think they make a beautiful couple. I think they complement each other very well. I know in the weeks since the show wrapped they have done very well and their love and relationship has only grown stronger," Harrison wrote.
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