When Chris Harrison said this season of The Bachelor would be the most dramatic season ever … he wasn’t kidding.
During Monday’s two-night finale, Peter Weber, 28, introduced both Hannah Ann Sluss and Madison Prewett to his family — and found plenty of heartbreak along the way.
“This is the last stop on this wild, wild journey,” Weber said in the opening clip. “Last week was the hardest week I’ve had to go through. I am confused right now because I am in love with two different women. It’s going to be difficult to have to say bye to one of these amazing women that has for sure touched me forever. I don’t know how in the world I’m going to make this decision in the end.”
Meeting Weber’s family for the first time, Sluss made a strong first impression.
“I want you to know how much I love your son,” the 23-year-old blogger told Weber’s mother, Barbara. “It’ been the hardest process for me to not necessarily get that in return. This could be our last week together, but at the same time, I’d rather be all in, say how I feel, be completely present than hold back and be closed off.”
“The little time I’ve spent with you and how much you’ve shown me that you love my son, it’s the world to me,” Barbara told Sluss.
“Hannah Ann is just so loving and caring,” Barbara told the cameras. “I can feel the love she has for my son and that speaks volumes to me. It’s the best feeling a mother can have.”
Bachelor Nation was quick to respond — and mixed with their opinions of Sluss.
Prewett, who told Weber two weeks ago that she would be uncomfortable if Weber were to be intimate with other women, made a slightly different impression.
After meeting with Prewettt, Weber’s mom expressed her concerns to her son — and got extremely emotional.
“Hannah Ann loves you with all of her heart,” Barbara said, while crying. “Don’t let her go. Don’t let her go. Bring her home. Bring her home to us. We will welcome her with open arms. We will welcome with all the love in the world. She’s a dream come true. God has placed her there for you. That’s what love stories are made out of.”
“You’ve got to stop doing this,” Weber said. “It’s literally destroying me right now. You have no idea.”
“I don’t have their support with Madison,” Weber told the cameras. “It sucks. I tried to explain to them why she meant so much to me. Why I am in love with her. They see other things. But if I can understand it, why does it matter?”
And, yes, fans had their opinions about Prewett — and Barbara — as well.
With emotions flying high, it didn’t seem like fans were expecting what happened next.
During their one-on-one day, Prewett told Weber she didn’t think they were right for each other.
“I think about love and I think about how much I want you and I want this so badly. But I think when you want something so badly I think a lot of times you can’t speak clearly. As much as we want this, I don’t know that we can give each other what we need. Sometimes I think being a great warrior and being a good fighter is knowing when to surrender. I do think that love still wins. I do still think love conquers all because I’m willing to walk away so that you can get what you came here to find.”
“We see things so differently, we expect such different things,” she added. “There’s always going to be a level of misunderstanding … I don’t know that we’re the best for each other.”
The couple, then, said their tearful goodbyes.
“Even though I want to be with him, I feel like in my heart it’s the right thing to do,” Prewett told the cameras, after leaving. “I’m going to miss him every day. To walk away from someone you love, it’s the worst feeling in the world.”
The next morning, Chris Harrison sat down with Weber to discuss Prewett’s exit.
“I get that we are very, very different in a lot of ways in life, but I didn’t care how hard it was or how big of a mountain,” Weber told Harrison. “I was ready to do it with her. I don’t know how to go about this.”
“I guess the big question: Can you get over this heartbreak or is this over?” Harrison asked.
“I don’t know right now, I honestly don’t,” said Weber. “I hate that so much. All I wanted was this to work out in the end. More than anything.”
Meanwhile, fans were feeling the frustration.
After his one-on-one date with Sluss, Weber opened up about where his heart was at.
“This has been the hardest week of my life,” he told Sluss. “I’ve never doubted anything with you. I know what I have with you. I see all of your selflessness and understand how you are and how much you truly want me to be happy. All I want of you is to be just as happy. I’ve never questioned where your heart has been. That’s been such a beautiful thing for me.”
He added, “It’s tough because my heart is being pulled in two different directions. It’s really tough and really confusing.”
“It’s not what you want to hear when you’re saying your heart is being pulled in two different directions,” Sluss told him. “That’s not what I want to hear. It hurts when I’m so sure and you’re not.”
“I’m just at my breaking point honestly,” she added. “It’s the most painful experience. But I’m here and it’s not going to change how I feel about you.”
And fans didn’t hold back in sharing their thoughts on Sluss’ reaction.
While it’s still unclear who Weber will end up with, Harrison let viewers know that this wouldn’t be the last time fans saw Prewett.
The two-night live finale of The Bachelor continues Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Share your thoughts on this season in PEOPLE’s exclusive Facebook group for fans of the franchise.
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