My husband and I were stunned, too.
I think her ultimate reason was dead wrong–that Charlie wasn’t really in love with her. Well, what the hell does she expect? This process should be about finding a prospect. THEN you spend a few months getting to know each other WITHOUT the cameras, without the competition, without the fancy paid-for romantic settings.
I don’t have a problem believing that Ryan fell in love. The man is a huge sappy teddy bear. But for Trista to hold that up as the gold standard for how someone should feel about her after this bizarrely artificial dating process is very flawed, IMHO.
I’ll bet they’ll last, though. I just didn’t like her reasoning.
I wonder if they were sort of tied, and she let herself go for Ryan because she felt Charlie would bounce back better than Ryan did. I mean, my husband said “I hope it doesn’t hurt my ears when Ryan’s heart shatters into a million pieces.” That is, before we saw the actual ending. I was seriously worried for the guy.