What Time Is ‘The Bachelorette’ Tonight and How Long Is Katie Thurtston’s Finale and ‘After the Final Rose’?

On Aug. 9, Katie Thurston’s Bachelorette journey comes to an end, and many fans are wondering how to watch the final episode. There’s been a small change to the ABC show’s usual schedule. So here’s everything you need to know about The Bachelorette finale tonight, including the start time and how long the new episode will last because of “After the Final Rose.”

When does Katie Thurston’s finale of ‘The Bachelorette’ start tonight, Aug. 9, 2021?

Tayshia Adams, Kaitlyn Bristowe, and Katie Thurston speaking at ‘After the Final Rose’ in ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 17 finale in 2021
Tayshia Adams, Kaitlyn Bristowe, and Katie Thurston at ‘After the Final Rose’ in ‘The Bachelorette’ 2021 finale | ABC/Eric McCandless

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Tonight, The Bachelorette Season 17 ends with Katie’s finale, and the new episode will start at the usual 8 p.m. ET time slot. The final moments of the journey will reveal whether Katie picks Blake Moynes or Justin Glaze. There’s also a chance that the lead ends up single.

Meanwhile, ABC confirmed episode 10 of The Bachelorette on Aug. 9 will include Katie’s “After the Final Rose” special. So this isn’t a two-night finale event. But it’s likely the last episode will end after two hours, as always. Then “After the Final Rose” will begin at 10 p.m.

How long is ‘The Bachelorette’ finale and when does ‘After the Final Rose’ end tonight?

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However ABC decides to split up Katie’s Bachelorette finale tonight, Bachelor Nation fans better prepare for a long one. The final episode, which includes “After the Final Rose,” will be three-hours long. So get ready to watch between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Meanwhile, cable-cutting Bachelorette fans won’t be able to catch the three-hour finale and “After the Final Rose” special until tomorrow. The new episode will drop on Hulu on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from Katie Thurston’s Bachelorette finale and “After the Final Rose” special.]

What to expect from Katie Thurston’s ‘Bachelorette’ finale and ‘After the Final Rose’ in 2021

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According to ABC, The Bachelorette Week 10 will start with co-hosts Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams as they watch Katie’s ending with a studio audience. So the finale is not filmed live. 

Regardless, the first portion of the evening will focus on Katie’s final pick. Blake and Justin are the only two men left following Greg Grippo’s exit. But will Katie be able to continue with her journey after her frontrunner’s unexpected departure? Many Bachelor Nation fans are hoping for an engagement. But everything is still up in the air.

Meanwhile, The Bachelorette Season 17 “After the Final Rose” will focus on Katie’s reunion with her final three men. The network teased a “tense confrontation” between Katie and Greg after his self-elimination. A new teaser also highlighted the exes together again, and it looks like the two reality stars might have the same fight.

In the preview, Katie revealed she was “devastated,” and Greg said he “emptied” his heart out to the bachelorette. Then Katie seemingly replied, “I don’t think you know what love is.”

Now, it’s likely The Bachelorette team simply spliced the clips together. So we don’t know how this conversation ends. But whatever happens in the finale and “After the Final Rose,” it certainly seems Katie is in for a wild one. Get ready.

The Bachelorette Season 17 finale will come out on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021.