Week after week on The Bachelorette, we have been baffled by the relationship between Hannah Brown and Luke Parker. Parker has shown so many red flags in his time with Brown that he might as well be a walking caution sign. But still, Brown clings to Parker, even when it’s blatantly obvious that he has been lying to her.
It’s clear that Brown is focusing on something about Parker that makes it hard for her to let go of him. Maybe it’s the fact that from the first moment that they met, they had instant chemistry. They bonded over their southern roots and religion.
And while those are great pillars to start a relationship on, they may actually be what finally comes between Brown and Parker in the end.
Brown and Parker’s religion
Host Chris Harrison recently spoke to Entertainment Tonight about how religion has played a part in Brown and Parker’s relationship.
“I don’t know if we’ve ever embraced it this much, but religion and his conservative values are a big part of his life, and, in turn, became a big theme on the show because that is what will drive a lot of what’s about to happen in the coming episodes,” Harrison said of Parker.
Parker’s religious side became more apparent in Scotland.
“We were in Scotland, there was a beautiful church just down the way, and he wanted to go see it and spend some time there and reflect and pray,” Harrison continued. “And we decided to include that [footage] because you will see as this show goes on, that’s a big part of him and what’s about to happen, and, whether you like it or not, that was a big part of the connection between Hannah and Luke.”
“She really liked his faith. She loved talking [about] religion with him and about God and about the Scriptures. That was a big part of their relationship and there were a lot of those conversations you didn’t get to see just because we don’t have time on the show. They bonded over that and that’s something she didn’t have with a lot of other guys.”
Could religion come in between Parker and Brown?
Though two people might belong to the same religion, it doesn’t mean that they have the same views on everything.
“Ironically enough, faith is what brought them together and his faith and his conservative values might be their biggest sticking point and become the biggest divide between them,” Harrison told Lauren Zima. “Yes, obviously, we are setting something up down the road that will come to a head, where their faith and their values start to conflict, and how they perceive them.”
Will ‘The Bachelor’ franchise explore religion more?
In the past, religion hasn’t been that big of a focus on the show, other than to explain a few people’s virginities. But has Brown opened the gateway for more religious talk in the show’s future?
“And that’s always the interesting thing about religion, and I always feel maybe we need to dive into this more sometimes,” Harrison said. ‘Sometimes we shy away from it because religion, it’s a little bit like sex, where it’s taboo to discuss in the open. I think it needs to be brought in the open more sometimes, and, in this case, it’s interesting how they have very similar values, but very differing opinions on how to apply them to life.”