This post contains spoilers for Week 8 of Rachel Lindsay's The Bachelorette.
After this week's doozy of an episode -- this show has more family drama than Game of Thrones, am I right? — we're now down to a mere three men.
And the goodbye for Week 8 of Bachelorette was easily the most heartbreaking one yet. Because, for reasons I still don't fully understand, Rachel decided to send home the fan favorite of the season, 25-year-old Dean Unglert.
UGH. WHY RACHEL, WHY?!
Before she handed out the roses, Rachel said,
To the person that I have to say goodbye to tonight, I want you to know you're an absolutely amazing person and I'm so sorry that I have to do this.
Then she handed out roses to Bryan and Eric, leaving Peter and Dean hanging. And then... the final blow. Dean. My sweet summer child.
Dean, if you're reading this, feel free to slide into my DMs on Twitter. Just saying.
During their goodbyes, Rachel said to Dean,
I don't even know where to start. I feel like when it gets down to this point, I underestimated how I would feel ... I wonder if you're really ready what I'm ready for, when it comes down to it.
Dean protested that he told Rachel he loved her, and Rachel responded that she meant it when she loved him too.
Dean concluded, "You're an incredible woman, and there are a lot of incredible guys in there. I hope you find what you're looking for."
Later in his interview, Dean confessed to feeling "shocked and confused."
He said, "I thought I found someone for me. It turns out the feelings weren't reciprocated. I think she's an incredible woman, I just think she made a mistake."
It was already a highly emotional week for poor Dean, thanks to the hometown dates. We already knew Dean had a difficult relationship with his family. He opened up about losing his mother to cancer when he was just 15 years old. Later, he revealed that since his mother's death, his relationship with his father was strained.
Because of this, Dean was super nervous leading up to his hometown date with Rachel. Dean described his father as eccentric, saying to Rachel,
He's just not a person that has any bearing on my emotional experience, I guess you could say. He's become quite a bit more eccentric. So, what I wish you could see is the family that I had in my most developmental years of ages 0 to 15, and not the family that abandoned me at the most vulnerable time in my life.
In this episode we got a glimpse of exactly what Dean meant by that.
Well, unfortunately it's back home for Dean now. Of course, it's not all bad news for him — there are those rumors that he has a new Bachelor Nation girlfriend now.
So, we're down to just three: Eric, Bryan, and Peter. Who will win Rachel's heart and enter a five year engagement with her?
Only three episodes left to find out!