Last night, I tucked myself into bed sure of the fact I knew exactly how today would play out.
I would wake up, go through my normal day, and at approximately 8.30pm, I would find out that Locky Gilbert had in fact chosen Irena during The Bachelor finale.
All the clues pointed to this seemingly inevitable ending.
Irena got the 'wifey' entrance in the very first episode - the slow motion exit from the limo, the lingering walk up the red carpet, the long introduction to Locky.
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She had an immediate connection with Locky, and through a series of single dates, group dates, and chats at the cocktail parties, that connection seemed to deepen.
For most of the season, she stayed away from the drama. Even though the drama was EVERYWHERE. When she was pulled into the drama during the final three weeks, it seemed like Irena was more of a target than an instigator.
For weeks now it has made complete and utter sense that Irena would be the one standing with Locky at the end.
But then last night I awoke at 2.30am and had a sudden realisation.
WE ALL THINK IRENA WINS BECAUSE THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT CHANNEL TEN AND WARNER BROS WANT US TO THINK.
Think about it.
The most memorable TV shows/movies/books all rely on the audience buying into a narrative so they don't see what's right in front of their eyes.
They cleverly use misdirection and red herrings to lead us down one path, while the other path is just sitting there waiting for us to notice it.
Bruce Willis was dead the whole time in The Sixth Sense (SPOILER ALERT FOR A MOVIE FROM 1999) but we didn't realise because we were so distracted by the ghosts of small children popping out from under beds etc, etc.
We didn't see the ending coming in The Hours, Gone Girl and The Usual Suspects.
We never saw Nikki Gogan getting her heart broken on Richie Strahan's season of The Bachelor because we were so distracted by Alex Nation being the 'stage five clinger'.
And now we haven't seen the fact that Bella actually wins The Bachelor because we have been distracted by the red herrings carefully laid out for us by Channel Ten and even Bella and Locky themselves.