Bachelor spoilers: What happens on Clayton Echard's 2022 'The Bachelor' season? Who does Clayton pick as his Final 3 and end up with as his winner? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/30/2022
Bachelor spoilers unveiling what's to come on the rest of Clayton Echard's season of The Bachelor have surfaced -- including spoilers detailing Clayton's Final 3 bachelorettes and The Bachelor star's winner and how his journey to find love ended.
However, Clayton advanced most of his connections with the bachelorettes. It was an emotional week of dates in which the women expressed their insecurities and Clayton found himself very vulnerable on a one-on-one date with Sarah.
Clayton especially found himself impressed by Serene, Gabby, and Eliza during group dates.
While Clayton'sThe Bachelor season has already had its fair share of drama, there is much more to come. And host Jesse Palmer even said the most shocking event has yet to be mentioned or teased in trailers.
The Bachelor's fourth episode will pick up where Episode 3 had left off, with Shanae and Elizabeth's ongoing feud.
"Clayton takes it upon himself to pull Shanae and Elizabeth aside in an attempt to settle their dispute, but when the two become heated, frustration mounts and he cancels the cocktail party," ABC teased of what's to come.
"Will the two bitter rivals survive the Rose Ceremony, or will both be sent packing?"
According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, it got to the point where Shanae felt the need to isolate herself from most of the cast.
And Clayton reportedly took Shanae's side -- or the Bachelor realized he and Elizabeth didn't have much of a connection since they had spent most of their time together talking about drama in the house.
Because at the third Rose Ceremony of The Bachelor season, Clayton reportedly denied a rose to Elizabeth, and he also sent Kira and Melina packing.
After the Rose Ceremony, Clayton and his Final 15 bachelorettes traveled to Houston, TX for another week of dates.
Once in Houston, Clayton received a surprise visit from his best friend before his one-on-one date, which sentThe Bachelor star and Rachel to a downhome Texas-style family barbecue followed by a surprise musical performance from country band Restless Road.
And later, one woman overheard the others plotting to get her sent home, and that person is presumably Shanae.
"So stakes are especially high when the ladies are split into two teams for the Bachelor Bowl football classic on their group date," ABC revealed.
Special guests Jonathan Greenard and Kamu Grugier-Hill of the NFL's Houston Texans coached the ladies, while sports anchor Hannah Storm joined The Bachelor host Jesse Palmer in the broadcast booth to provide some commentary.
Only the winning team was afforded the opportunity to join Clayton at the afterparty, and the losing team had to go back home.
"Nobody is laughing when a controversial woman on the losing team does some party crashing, leading to the most explosive confrontation of the season!" ABC shared.
Based on a preview of the next episode, Shanae crashed the party and threw the winning team's golden trophy to the ground!
And for the other one-on-one date of the week, Carbone reported that Serene accompanied Clayton to Galveston Pleasure Pier, where the Bachelor won her some big teddy-bear prizes.
After Serene accepted a rose from Clayton, Clayton ousted three women at the fourth Rose Ceremony of the season: Jill, Sierra, and Lyndsey W.
Clayton's Final 12 bachelorettes as a result, reportedly, were Eliza, Gabby, Genevieve, Hunter, Marlena, Mara, Rachel, Sarah, Serene, Shanae, Susie, and Teddi.
The group date in Toronto featured nine women roasting each other on a date hosted by Canadian comedian Russell Peters at Archeo restaurant. Shanae, who emerged as the villain of Clayton's season, was reportedly an easy target.
The highly-anticipated two-on-one date took place in Toronto with Genevieve and Shanae.
Photos of Clayton and the women had been taken at Queen Victoria Park when the show was filming, and the trio also took a ride on the Maid of the Mist to Dufferin Island Park.
Shanae was sent home on the date.
And at the fifth Rose Ceremony, Clayton ousted Hunter and Marlena, according to Carbone.
Clayton's Final 9 bachelorettes were Eliza, Gabby, Genevieve, Mara, Rachel, Sarah, Serene, Susie, and Teddi.
Clayton and his Final 4 bachelorettes flew to Vienna, Austria before the women's round of hometown dates.
"I don't know if this was a 'if you get a rose on your date, you advance,' or if they just had dates and had a Rose Ceremony at the end," Carbone wrote in his blog on December 16.
"All I know is the end result of who the 4 remaining women were once they left Vienna."
Clayton took Serene to Hofsburg Palace on a one-on-one date, and then Susie received the special "Pretty Woman" date.
Susie, wearing a long red dress, received a rose from Clayton at the end of their one-on-one.
According to Carbone, Genevieve was sent home at some point during the week without going on a date.
"I don't know who approached who first, but it was established that Genevieve and Clayton just weren't a match and didn't see it long term," Carbone claimed, "so he either sent her home or she left. Not sure how it'll be shown."
Carbone is unsure of whether there was a third one-on-one date in Vienna to go along with a group date.
Following Genevieve's surprising ouster, Clayton eliminated Sarah and Teddi at the seventh Rose Ceremony of the season.
Clayton's Final 4 bachelorettes were Gabby, Rachel, Serene, and Susie.
Clayton apparently falls in love with three women
Clayton had no trouble finding love on The Bachelor. In fact, the process apparently worked a little too well for him.
During The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All episode that aired in early December 2021, a trailer aired that featured Clayton admitting, "I didn't believe it could happen, but I am in love with three women."
Clayton proceeds to tell one woman, "I couldn't be more sure that I'm falling in love with you," before telling a second bachelorette, "I'm falling in love with you."
And Clayton shares with a third woman, "I am in love with you."
A mystery woman subsequently laments in tears, "He's in love with all three of us?!"
In order to choose his Final 3 bachelorettes, Clayton met his Final 4 ladies' families in their respective hometowns.
Susie's hometown date in Virginia Beach, VA, filmed on November 2, Rachel's hometown date took place in Orlando, FL, on November 4, Serene's hometown date taped in Oklahoma City, OK, on November 6, and Gabby introduced Clayton to her loved ones in Denver, CO, on November 8.
The Rose Ceremony reportedly occurred on November 9 and ended with Serene being denied a rose.
"One thing I'd heard since hometowns was that Serene was eliminated at #4, and judging by the previews [on December 6], it was all but confirmed," Carbone wrote last month.
Clayton's Final 3 women as a result were Susie, Gabby, and Rachel.
All three ladies reportedly made it to Iceland for overnight Fantasy Suite dates as well as the Final Rose Ceremony.
Clayton has sex with at least two of his bachelorettes
During the trailer that aired during The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All for Michelle Young's season, Clayton is shown standing in front of two ladies -- either his Final 2 bachelorettes or two of his Final 3 women.
Clayton appears to be leading a Rose Ceremony following his round of overnight Fantasy Suite dates.
"I just want you to know that what I'm about to say is not going to be easy to hear," Clayton announces to two ladies.
"I want to be fully, fully transparent, and I know it's not easy to hear, but I was intimate with both of you."
A brunette woman cries, "I'm done," while walking away from The Bachelor star and then falling to her knees.
"What the actual f-ck?!" the brunette complains.
The drama apparently leaves Clayton feeling "so broken" as he stares at a diamond engagement ring, seemingly unsure of whom to give it to.
Carbone said he doesn't know how the elimination went that determined Clayton's Final 2 bachelorettes.
"I don't know yet. What we do know is that Clayton found love this season... so whatever drama they want you to believe ensued from that conversation of saying he was intimate with 'both of you' obviously didn't derail anything," Carbone wrote in his blog on December 7.
Clayton reportedly gets intimate with both Rachel and Gabby
The blonde woman in the trailer that aired during The Men Tell All was reportedly Rachel.
And while the brunette woman crying was Sarah, Carbone reported that Sarah did not make it to Iceland, where the final dates were filmed.
"It was sent to me numerous times... that the venue Clayton is standing in is in Iceland (where we know the overnights and final Rose Ceremony are) and that the two women whose backs are two us (and he's seemingly telling he was intimate with both) are Rachel and Gabby, two women we know had hometown dates," Carbone reported in his blog.
"The shot of Sarah crying was squeezed in from another point in filming since we know Sarah didn't make it to Iceland."
The Bachelor fans are therefore assuming Gabby and Rachel finished as Clayton's Final 2 bachelorettes; however, Carbone is not convinced that's the case.
"Certainly looks that way, but with the way the editing works and how tricky they can get sometimes, the only thing we know for sure is that whole scene happens in Iceland," Carbone explained.
"Saying they're the Final 2 because that's the only two you see there with their backs to us, I don't know yet. Maybe it is and the show just gave away their Final 2."
Carbone noted, however, that he'd like to think producers are "smarter" than just giving away Clayton's Final 2 bachelorettes in a pre-season trailer.
Clayton's winning bachelorette pick has yet to be reported
There is no spoiler out there yet revealing Clayton's winner and whether he got engaged at the Final Rose Ceremony.
"I don't know the ending yet," Carbone wrote in his blog on December 16, 2021, adding that Clayton is "most likely engaged."
However, Carbone is sure Clayton ended up with one of his Final 3 bachelorettes -- Gabby, Susie, or Rachel -- and the contestants have been instructed not to say a word about the show's ending or post anything on social media that could give it away.
"I've heard rumblings about all three since filming ended," Carbone reported.
He added, "I'm leaning towards one person based on info told to me, but again, until I get the confirmation I need, there's no need to tell people what I'm 'hearing.'"
But Carbone assured his readers, "When I'm confident I know who he picked, I'll let you know."
Although Clayton never revealed whether he's currently in a happy relationship or engaged, he did tell Us Weekly that he left The Bachelor with zero regrets.
"I definitely was not perfect. I did some things wrong," Clayton told Us.
But that doesn't mean Clayton has a desire to rewrite history or take any of his decisions back.
"I think for me, I realized that I can't say that I have any regrets because if I would've done things differently, would it have been my 100 percent authentic journey? And I think the answer to that is no," Clayton explained.
"So what I did and every moment while I was there was what I thought was right. Does that mean it was right? Probably not, no."
Clayton said while he's an imperfect human and made some wrong moves, "I did everything under my volition and what I thought was best."
"And so for that, I'm like, 'You know what? You stayed true to yourself, and you developed some battle scars along the way, but that's just what life is,'" he said.