Well, this is just my opinion of course, but these're the reasons I firmly believe Ed is THE ONE. I apologize if I jump around b/c I'm going to try to fill in some blanks based on interviews and such given while the season aired as well.Originally Posted by mellybeans;3598003;
Their 1:1 date set the groundwork for the rest of the season--during it, Jillian learned that Ed can be daring if he wants (though he said he'll never do *that* again), she learned she can have 'a natural conversation with him' in the pool, and then they continued learning more about each other during dinner. They talked about REAL events; work, what he does to relax, and how it's hard for him to open up so quickly in relationships. We saw that Jillian is so enchanted with him that she loses her train of thought while they're talking. THEN, Ed had a night in the mansion with her by himself. Robby appeared the following night and then it was just the 2 of them the following day there. However, we learned from Jillian's blog that Ed wore a silk robe and cucumber masks. Obviously, they were all having a good time in the house together. This was special, 'real' time that neither Kiptyn nor Reid shared with her.
Vancouver-Jillian didn't get to spend too much time with Ed b/c his (and Reid's) team lost at curling. [Which if you add up all the time together, Reid has had barely ANY at this point!] The MTA show added something in there, though. We hear Jillian say that she wanted to talk to Ed, though he was too inebriated to do so. Rather than this being a turn off, Jillian thinks it's hysterical. Last night on Kimmel, she said that she'd originally seen Ed as this very serious, very business-oriented guy and then that night she saw how funny he was and it helped her at a time when she was very stressed out.
In Whistler, we hear Ed tell the guys that he's opened up a lot to Jillian, which is something he's never done before so quickly (thus negating what he'd said to Jillian on their 1:1 date) and that he liked her a lot. However, Ed left and she was devastated--so much so that she thought she was going to get sick. She didn't realize the depth of her feelings until he walked out the door. We saw her that night at the RC and she was still crying over him when talking to CH. CH even remarked that she seemed more upset about Ed's leaving then she did when she was cut by Jason. After Ed left, (per Tanner's interview), we hear that Jillian stopped hanging out with the guys when they weren't filming like she'd used to. This took away time from her other F2 guys, Reid & Kiptyn.
HTD-time came (and as Cape observed!) they STILL focused on Ed's journey with Jillian. Instead of focusing more on Reid & Kiptyn's HTDs, they focused on Wes (time filler) and Ed's return. We learned at the MTA that part of Jillian wanted to play hard to get or to turn him away but she just couldn't; it's not what her heart wanted! Jillian's demeanor did a 180 after he left the hotel room. She got all giddy and in a scene we hadn't seen before, she laughed with him when she gave him the rose at the RC that night.
Spain came and she wanted to make up for lost time. She wants to know what his HTD would've been like and he spends his time reassuring her that he's 100% there for her this time. She accepts the fantasy suite and they spend 'til 7am talking. [Wasn't she supposed to be heading to see Wes that day?]
Hawaii dates come and Ed takes away the last possible doubt she could have about him--his parents are there and she gets to meet him. It'd be impossible for anyone to see how excited she was to meet them as she couldn't stop talking. It was as if she wanted to fit in as much as she could in those brief hours. They play up what happened in the fantasy suite but in the end, it doesn't matter. She cuts Reid anyways.
Jillian has made the comment that she knew who she was going to pick about a week in advance and then it changed. [Or something like that.] I fully believe that after meeting Ed's parents, the pieces of the puzzle were all put together and any doubts were taken away.
Next week, Reid is going to come back but it won't matter; it's just going to make her more upset at having to turn him away again. She chose her F2 for a reason (and as she said in her People blog, it was NOT because she wanted to be assured of an engagement at the end!) and had them meet her family. Reid was not included in this for a reason; she didn't see forever with him. I think she made a great friend (as she is to Jason) but that was it.
Ed has been THE ONE from almost the very beginning, thus her full circle comment. She thought he was 'it' close to the very beginning. Then he left and she thought she'd be left thinking about him in the end (as she told his mother). Then he returned, answered all her questions, and wiped away her doubt. This brought her back to the realization that he was THE ONE, thus bringing her back full circle to her original thoughts in the beginning of the season.
Ugh, SOO sorry this has turned into a book but I think there are a TON of things that have pointed to Ed as THE ONE since the very beginning. If it's Reid or Kiptyn then they left tons & tons of their stories out.