Now that Cody Menk and Aaron Clancy's beef has been squashed due to Katie eliminating Cody, it appears Thomas, a 28-year-old real estate broker from Poway, CA, is going to step into the villain role soon on Season 17.
Karl Smith also warned the Bachelorette other unidentified men in the cast didn't have the best intentions, which resulted in Katie feeling confused and having an emotional breakdown before her second Rose Ceremony of the season.
So far in the season, it appears Thomas was one of Katie's The Bachelorette frontrunners.
Katie admitted to Thomas on her first group date that she thought about him often and didn't know why.
She said she felt a connection with Thomas that she couldn't explain, and Thomas agreed their time together was "spectacular" and he could feel "a tunnel-vision connection" between the two of them.
"It's something special and you can't fully explain it. It's magic, and I'm just grateful to be going through this with you," Thomas said.
Thomas and Katie had a steamy makeout session, with Katie sitting on the bachelor's lap. Thomas said all of the happiness and confidence he felt was out of a storybook and he and Katie definitely had undeniable chemistry.
Katie then decided to give the first group-date rose to Thomas, and she shared how she could envision a life with him outside of the show.