The Bachelor Finale: Courtney Wins, World Shrugs

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L.A.-based model Courtney Robertson captured the final rose and got engaged to Ben Flajnik on ABC's The Bachelor last night, to the surprise of virtually no one and the dismay of pretty much everyone. 

Despite the controversy she has generated all season long (perhaps the most of any contestant in the show's 16 seasons), the finale was such a foregone conclusion, the shock value was relatively minimal.

The Bachelor season finale has never been less in doubt, and the After the Final Rose special never more eagerly anticipated. Speculation ran rampant not over who Ben would pick, but what happened since.

After all, Ben has been watching her act insane along with the rest of us.

On the after-show, Flajnik and Robertson told host Chris Harrison that they did in fact break up this winter, a split he says was prompted by her treatment of other women on The Bachelor over the course of the season.

However, they patched things up and she is still with Flajnik.

Heck, they even staged a re-do of their proposal last night.

“We’re engaged, we’re in a good place," Ben said, lamenting the attention they've gotten in the past few months. "Now that the main part of the show and the negativity is gone, it can only get better.”

Ben took part of the blame for walking away from Courtney when times got tough, and she did admit fault in how she behaved throughout the last 10 weeks, though detractors will question her sincerity.

Lindzi Cox, the season's runner-up, did not appear on the after-show. While her rejection at the final rose ceremony was heartbreaking, she handled it as well as anyone could. Think Ben made the right call?

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


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