THE BEGINNING OF THE END: The finale of The Bachelor was a long time coming.
And even after that cliffhanger, which aired Tuesday night, it still hasn’t quite hit the peak.
A few key plot points had to be resolved, the Bachelor’s theme song, the love story between two young people, and the first major twist in the show’s history, and that was before it got to the final two episodes.
But while the final six episodes of The Bachelorette, airing Wednesday night on ABC, are a major step forward, they are not a perfect, satisfying ride.
Here are 10 things you need to know about The Bachelor finale.
How did we get here?
The Bachelor had been a huge ratings draw for ABC for years, but this year was different.
The network had to sell some new viewers to keep up with the growth of its traditional reality show, The Bachelor.
And as viewers watched the first episode, The Bachelor was in a tailspin.
ABC’s premiere rating of 2.1 million viewers was down from 2.7 million in 2015.
It was a drop of more than 30 percent in the last year.
ABC President John Landgraf told the New York Times that the network was on track to lose more than 2 million viewers over the course of the year.
It took a major shakeup to get the network back on track, and in a show about a guy who’s single, the shakeup was a big one.
The new Bachelor — which had a lot of love from the cast — also had to find new ways to appeal to millennials, and with the show now having to deal with a breakup and a new couple, that proved a challenge.
“The Bachelor” fans are a loyal bunch, Landgaffe told the Times.
“We are the loyalest fan base, period.
That’s the truth.”
Who are the two new couples?
The couples that will be featured on The B-Sides are: Kate, a first-time bride, and Matt, a longtime friend of Kate’s.
Kate and Matt will be on the show as first-timers.
In a preview episode, Kate and Ben were introduced as “a couple of the girls who live in the house with Kate and Josh.”
Matt, who will be dating Kate’s roommate, said, “The next time you get on a date, just be sure to say ‘Hi’ to my name.”
Kate, who grew up in New York City, was an aspiring actor in high school before settling in Hollywood.
Ben is a musician and has appeared on “Modern Family.”
He is also the first player to marry a member of the Bachelor cast.
“There’s something to be said for being in a relationship that is a real connection, a real love, and a real, real connection of people you actually get to know, and I feel like that’s what The Bachelor is about,” Kate told Variety.
“It’s not about me.”
Why was the Bachelor season so different this year?
In the past, The Big Bang Theory and The Bachelor were the two most popular shows on TV, and those shows had big ratings.
The B.T. and B.S. were both about a bachelor who had to prove his mettle in order to get into the dating game.
And The Bachelor has a unique twist this time: Instead of having the guys try to date each other, the women and the guys will have to live together.
That means the men will have more to prove than the women.
“Our first real challenge was not finding a balance between two people who were so different in their lives and their personalities and their outlooks on life,” Landgruff told the NYT.
“I think the women are just so much more interested in being friends with each other.”
The show’s first episode featured a scene where the women — who had already been married and had kids — were having dinner at Ben’s place.
The men didn’t want to go, but Kate told Ben she had a plan.
The three women sat in the back of the restaurant, drinking champagne and laughing about their love life.
“One of us is the future,” Kate said.
“And the other one is the past.”
Ben and Kate were in their mid-thirties and wanted to marry soon.
But Kate said the idea of being on the Bachelor was not for them.
“For me, this was my life, my destiny,” she said.
So instead of marrying the woman who she had fallen in love with, Ben went to see her in Los Angeles.
“She was the one who I wanted to see,” Ben said.
They went on a trip to Disneyland and then Kate had to get back to New York.
The women then went to sleep.
Ben woke up to the sounds of the men at their wedding, and he told Kate to get out of the bedroom.
“This is going to happen,”