The newest season of The Bachelorette hasn’t even started airing yet, but it’s already caught fans’ attention. The Season 17 lead, Katie Thurston, caused quite a ~buzz~ from the moment she entered Bachelor Nation during Matt James’ Bachelor season, but it’s one of the *maybe* contestants on her upcoming season that fans are going wild over: After quite a bit of speculation, it looks like a contestant Clare/Tayshia’s season miiiiight be in the running for Katie’s heart. If you didn’t catch Blake Moynes in Katie Thurston’s May 26 Bachelorette promo, you need to check it out right TF now.
In case you somehow forgot why everyone loves Katie, quick recap: The Seattle native showed up on Matt’s season and quickly made a name for herself when she gifted the Bachelor a vibrator as part of her limo entrance. From there, Katie made it clear she was going to be 100% authentic throughout the process.
Although she was eliminated in Episode 6 of Season 25, viewers adored her sex-positive narrative and desire to separate herself from the toxic nature of the house. So when ABC announced Katie would be one of two new leads during The Bachelor Season 25's "After the Final Rose" special on Monday, March 15 (the other of which is Michelle Young), fans were rightfully hyped.
While it’s clear Katie is a great choice for the Season 17 lead, you’re probably wondering where Blake fits into the picture. The Canadian wildlife manager fell hard for Clare Crawley before her swift departure, and while he connected with Tayshia, he was eliminated just before hometowns (and after a strange date that involved getting naked and having their crystals read). Many fans were bummed to see Blake say his goodbyes, which is why the newest Bachelorette promo is very interesting...
The May 26 Bachelorette teaser shows Blake standing outside Katie’s window with a boombox. When Katie saw him, she looked shocked but clearly knew who he was since she said, “Oh my God, it’s Blake!” Whether he actually joins the cast or this is a last-ditch effort to meet Katie before she (maybe) gets engaged à la Heather Martin from Matt’s season, it’s still unclear. Either way, Katie didn’t exactly look mad to see him.
Only time will tell whether the two Bachelor Nation faves get together, but based on a glance at their ABC bios, it seems like they’d be a good match. While Katie “wants a man that will laugh along with her,” Blake’s dream girl “has to have a goofy side and be okay with his self-described ‘potty mouth.’” It sounds like these two jokesters could be the perfect pair, but fans will have to wait and see when Season 17 of The Bachelorette premieres Monday, June 7, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.