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The Bachelorette midseason preview teased what’s coming up next on Katie Thurston’s journey. But one moment stood out above the rest. In the clip, the new lead opened the door to an unexpected visitor. So who shows up on Katie’s Bachelorette season? Here’s a breakdown of the scene and what to expect when a surprise guest arrives.

‘The Bachelorette’ 2021 preview teases Katie Thurston’s next surprise guest

Katie Thurston sits in a chair in ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 17 Week 6
Katie Thurston in ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 17 Week 6 | Craig Sjodin via Getty Images

Katie’s first surprise arrival shook up The Bachelorette Season 17. Blake Moynes from Tayshia Adams and Clare Crawley’s season returned to the franchise for a chance with Katie. Then the contestant was added to the house in episode 5. 

Now, The Bachelorette midseason preview could be hinting that another guest is arriving in the coming weeks. In the teaser, someone in a gray jacket knocks on Katie’s door. Then the lead, who is wearing a green hoodie, opens the door to someone in a gray long-sleeved shirt. 

“The last thing I ever expected was you,” Katie says in a purple hoodie.

It seems there’s more than one person who shows up at Katie’s door in The Bachelorette Season 17. The scene in the trailer can be broken down into three different scenes based on the outfits shown.

The individual in the gray jacket is wearing the same outfit as Michael Allio when he tells Katie he “can’t focus on anything else.” Meanwhile, the man in the gray long-sleeved shirt appears to be visiting Katie on a completely separate occasion. Katie’s purple hoodie is also the same one she’s wearing with Blake and Connor Brennan later in the promo. 

Katie Thurston previously teased a guest who arrives in ‘The Bachelorette’ Season 17

Naturally, many Bachelorette fans have been wondering who shows up at Katie’s door in the preview. The promo seemingly indicates that Michael A., Blake, and Connor B. will meet up with the lead at some point. But the person in the gray shirt has been a little more difficult to sleuth out.

A few Bachelor Nation viewers believe Matt James or even Thomas Jacobs will be the one to surprise Katie. Others think the shirt matches Brendan Scanzano’s at the 38-second mark in the trailer. But whoever it is, the Bachelor Nation YouTube account confirmed “a shock arrival” in the description for the preview. 

Meanwhile, Katie previously teased a new arrival who will support her at the end of her Bachelorette journey. When speaking with ABC’s On the Red Carpet in June 2021, the lead briefly touched on the moment she almost quit her season and revealed it was “a little bit related to the unexpected ending.” Katie also shared that a “surprise guest” helped her get through the experience, alongside Tayshia and Kaitlyn Bristowe.

“I do have amazing women supporting me, as well as a surprise guest, who really motivated me to complete my experience from beginning to end,” Katie said.

Katie Thurston’s season of ‘The Bachelorette’ ended filming early


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While Katie says she completed her Bachelorette season from beginning to end, the new lead also confirmed she finished filming a week ahead of schedule. So what can fans expect from the ending? Apparently, it’s going to be a wild ride.

“The end is crazy,” Katie said on Good Morning America

The Bachelorette Season 17 star also teased how she’s doing now. 

“I’m happy,” Katie said. “I had to tell myself everything happens for a reason. That’s what you have to really embrace.”

Whatever happens next, it seems The Bachelorette Season 17 finale will be one to watch. So get ready, Bachelor Nation fans. Katie’s journey continues Monday nights on ABC.