The finale picked up right where the penultimate episode ended, with Brendan having sent himself home and Ben making a return after he had been sent home by Tayshia the week before.
We have to give it to Chris Harrison, he wasn’t exaggerating when he called this season of The Bachelorette one of the most dramatic installments ever. From Clare’s tumultuous reign before she secured an engagement to Dale Moss and passed the crown on to Tayshia Adams, to pretty much every moment of Tayshia’s half of the season, it’s been a wild ride.
On the Dec. 22 episode, Tayshia finally handed out her final rose, deciding she wanted to spend the rest of her life with runner Zac Clark.
Each suitor made a positive impression on Tayshia’s family, although her parents were understandably leery when she revealed that she had sent Ben home and he returned of his own volition, an action that Tayshia’s father noted told him a lot about a person’s character. When Tayshia explained that Ben had difficulty expressing his feelings, her father told her that while he liked Ben’s background, he didn’t want her to have to “work so hard to make sure you’re on the same page with someone.”
When it came to Zac, Tayshia’s mother seemed especially smitten with the older man, who confidently revealed that he could see him and Tayshia married and ready to start their family in five years.
Unfortunately for Ben, his return didn’t work too well in his favor. After a conversation with her father, Tayshia realized that her feelings for Ben weren’t as strong as her ones for Zac. She sent the personal trainer home for the second time, leaving Zac as her final choice. When it came time to propose, Zac said all the right words, promising to love and cherish Tayshia as his future wife. “I’m going to choose you every day,” Zac told Tayshia during his proposal.
“I’m going to choose you next week and I’m going to choose you next year. I’m going to choose you forever.”
And with that, Zac Clark asked Tayshia Adams to marry him, and she said yes. Then they hopped into a cardboard taxicab and rode off to their future together.