As soon as Hannah Brown severed ties with Jed Wyatt on the The Bachelorette finale, the focus shifted to Tyler Cameron and the suspense of whether or not Brown would give him a second chance. She'd broken up with Cameron on the second night of the finale, shortly before accepting Wyatt's proposal, but Wyatt's lies about a previous relationship abruptly ended their betrothal and opened the door for the show's runner-up.
Throughout the airing of this season of The Bachelorette, Cameron has been a fan favorite; a perfect combination of flawless contours and a gentlemanly demeanor. He was so perfect, in fact, that Brown had him pegged as someone who might have ulterior motives, and thus she was hesitant to give him an honest chance. The irony, of course, is that Cameron wound up being the finalist whose heart was in the right place. Once Brown realized that Cameron was actually, in Bachelor parlance, here for the right reasons, she was already too far along with Wyatt and hadn't considered the same future with Cameron.
On After The Final Rose, after the Wyatt fiasco came to a close, Brown and Cameron reunited. She spoke to him not as though they'd just traveled the world together with 24 other guys tagging along, but rather as if the two were meeting for the first time. Brown said, "You’re an incredible guy, and I’m a single girl, so I don’t know. I thought maybe we can go for a drink and hang out.” Cameron replied, “I would love to. Just tell me when and I’m there."
Brown is the first lead of The Bachelorette to ask out her runner-up after breaking off an engagement to the recipient of the final rose. The Bachelor's Jason Mesnick and Arie Luyendyk both asked the women they dumped at the final two for another chance, and have since gotten married to the women they mistakenly let go. Brown's situation was a bit different, of course, because the man she chose didn't turn out to be the man she thought she was marrying. The silver lining in the unearthing of Wyatt's secret was that Brown realized that she hadn't truly given Cameron a chance.
Although Brown has endured some difficult emotional moments in the past few months, the end result is arguably better than if she had accepted a proposal from Cameron in Greece. She had not allowed herself to picture a life with Cameron long enough to be ready at that time to commit to marrying him. Therefore, going on a date in the real world - instead of planning a wedding while being asked constantly by television personalities when the wedding will be - is the logical next step they should take in their relationship. It may not be the most exciting way to end a show that hangs its hat on the ornate scenery of the final proposal, but it's what makes the most sense for Brown. After professionally navigating the lies of Wyatt and the disrespect of Luke Parker, she deserves to write her own happy ending.