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The Bachelorette Season 17 has been hyping up Blake Moynes and Katie Thurston’s first meetup for weeks. Finally, the ABC reality series aired the conversation in the new episode on June 28. But did Blake join Katie’s cast in The Bachelorette Season 17 Episode 4? Here’s a breakdown of what happened and what to expect moving forward.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from The Bachelorette Season 17 Episode 4.]

A quick recap of Katie Thurston and Blake Moynes’ chat in ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 17 Episode 4

There’s no denying The Bachelorette Season 17 Episode 4 was filled with drama. Katie questioned contestant Thomas Jacobs, wondering whether he was really there for the right reasons. Then midway through the new episode, co-host Tayshia Adams revealed her ex, Blake, arrived for a shot at love with Katie.

Naturally, Katie was floored by Blake’s return to the Bachelor franchise. She briefly spoke with Blake on social media. However, it seems the relationship didn’t go beyond a few compliments. Whatever the case, the two reality stars had an honest conversation in The Bachelorette Season 17. 

Katie pointed out that she was dealing with drama and deciding who was there for the right reasons. So she questioned Blake, as he previously pursued Tayshia and Clare Crawley. Then Blake shared how he truly felt, revealing he was serious about Katie.

“I promise you that if it came down to the end and we connected the way that I think we might, we would be engaged at the end of this,” Blake said. 

In the end, Katie wanted to take some time to decide Blake’s fate in The Bachelorette Season 17. But she hinted that she wanted to give the contestant a chance when speaking with producers.

“I really do think Blake is being sincere by being here,” Katie said. “It’s a huge decision to have Blake come into the house. I have strong connections that are already forming, and it would kill me to feel that those were disrupted if I chose to bring in Blake.

Katie Thurston eliminated Thomas Jacobs and invited Blake Moynes to join ‘The Bachelorette’ cast

As The Bachelorette Season 17 Episode 4 continued, so did the drama surrounding Thomas. Katie’s suitors started to express their concerns. Then at one point, Thomas spoke with the bachelorette alone to defend his character. But at the final rose ceremony, Katie called out the contestant for using her and sent him home

Meanwhile, it seems Katie chose to give her final rose of the night to Blake. Following the ceremony, Katie went to Blake’s room. Apparently, the sudden decision came as a surprise to Blake because he answered the door completely naked. But after he got dressed, Katie revealed she was ready to follow her gut and invited Blake to the house.

“Given where things are at and where if you wanna stay, I’d like you to join and see if this becomes something,” Katie said. 

What next for Katie in ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 17 Episode 5?

Katie Thurston, Tayshia Adams, and Kaitlyn Bristowe sit together in ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 17 Episode 4 group date
Katie Thurston, Tayshia Adams, and Kaitlyn Bristowe in ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 17 | Craig Sjodin via Getty Images

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Now, Bachelor Nation fans must wait for the next new episode of The Bachelorette Season 17 to air on July 5. So what’s on the horizon in episode 5? According to the preview, there will be some tension upon Blake’s arrival. Frontrunner Greg Grippo even noted that Blake is a “big” contender. But whatever happens, it seems there are plenty of storylines left to be told.

When speaking with Variety ahead of The Bachelorette Season 17 Week 4, Tayshia hinted that a lot happens before Katie’s “I’m done” moment highlighted in the previews.

“There are so many twists and turns in this journey,” the co-host said. “There are also a lot of firsts this season. I think that you’re just going to have to keep watching and you’ll probably understand why she feels the way that she did.”

The Bachelorette Season 17 airs Monday nights on ABC.