Bachelor spoilers: What happens on Clayton Echard's 'The Bachelor' season? Who did Clayton pick as his winner and end up with? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/21/2022
Bachelor spoilers have pulled the curtain back on the drama, romance and eliminations that will take place through Clayton Echard's season of The Bachelor, revealing major spoilers leading all the way up to Clayton's Final 3 bachelorettes and when he end up picking his winner.
[The Bachelor Spoilers Warning: This report contains huge spoilers for The Bachelor season starring Clayton Echard, including who Clayton's Final 3 bachelorettes are who Clayton may have picked and ended up with as his winner ].
After one week off for the NFL playoffs,The Bachelor is set to return with Episode 3 on Monday, January 24 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
Clayton has narrowed down his dating pool to 22 women, and many of them are already smitten with him.
The only woman who has received a one-on-one date with Clayton so far is Susie.
As Clayton gets to know his cast of bachelorettes, drama is naturally ensuing.
Cassidy, for instance, stole Clayton away from a birthday-party group date to kiss him multiple times and advance their connection in what essentially turned into a one-on-one date.
And Shanae Ankney and Elizabeth Corrigan feuded on a group date, and their animosity towards each other spilled into the second cocktail party of the season.
Shanae accused Elizabeth of being "fake" and "two-faced," and Shanae warned Clayton about these supposed red flags.
Elizabeth, distraught over the allegations, insisted she struggles to understand several auditory inputs at once given she's had severe ADHD since she was a child. Elizabeth attempted to mend things with Shanae, but Shanae wasn't buying what Elizabeth was selling.
"ADHD my ass," Shanae snapped.
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And then drama boiled over when Clayton considered taking a group-date rose back from Cassidy.
Sierra warned Clayton that Cassidy had been FaceTiming a "friend with benefits" back home while quarantining in her hotel room pre-production. Cassidy and the man planned to reunite after she filmed her show so he could do "nasty things" to her.
And that is only the beginning based on previews that have been released for the rest of Clayton's season! In fact, host Jesse Palmer said the most shocking event from Clayton's season hasn't even been teased by the network yet in a trailer.
The next episode will begin where the latest episode had left off, with Clayton deciding whether to take Cassidy's rose away from her.
"Clayton confronts one of the women about a shocking rumor involving her, but will her explanation check out, or will Clayton break tradition and take back a rose?" ABC teased.
According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, Clayton did in fact choose to rescind the rose he had given to Cassidy during a group date earlier in the week and send her home.
In regards to snatching a rose back from someone, Clayton shared with Us Weekly in December 2021, "The thought crossed my mind. Now whether or not I acted upon it, that's what everyone is going to have to wait and see."
"But there are many moments throughout the journey where I was shocked and I was just kind of, yeah, asking [host Jesse Palmer] sometimes... 'Is this something that I can do? Because this is how I feel.'"
Clayton elaborated, "I was just navigating my love journey the way that I felt was right."
Clayton then reportedly ousted Ency, Kate, and Tessa at the second Rose Ceremony of Season 26 -- leaving fifteen bachelorettes in the running for his final rose.
Later, The Bachelorette co-host and Season 11 The Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe pays a surprise visit, leading to an emotional group date where Clayton and the women bravely open up about their insecurities.
Season 14 The Bachelorette star Becca Kufrin also stopped by to plan an extreme scavenger hunt for the one-on-one date in downtown L.A.
Carbone reported that Sarah received this solo date with Clayton, and after a successful scavenger hunt, she earned herself a rose.
"And back at the mansion, one of the ladies unknowingly sets off a new set of drama dominoes when she cooks the house a shrimp snack," ABC teased.
And for the second group date of the week, the women dressed in red one-piece bathing suits and participated in a Baywatch-themed competition, which required the bachelorettes to go head to head in beach challenges.
Former Baywatch star Nicole Eggert hosted the date and taught them some lifeguard training.
"But when the date doesn't end as expected, one disappointed woman is ready to make waves yet again," the network shared.
"Will Clayton reward her efforts to protect him by giving her the group date rose or be pushed to his limits?"
According to Carbone, Gabby won the challenges and received extra time with Clayton at the end of the date. Clayton then gave Gabby a rose.
That evening, Shanae and Elizabeth's feud reportedly continued and then Shanae isolated herself from most of the cast.
At the third Rose Ceremony, Clayton reportedly ousted Elizabeth, Kira, and Melina.
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.