From left: AshLee, Lindsay and Catherine
02/26/2013 at 10:00 AM EST
And then there were two.
After three incredible dates in Thailand with the remaining women
, The Bachelor
's Sean Lowe faced a difficult decision at the end of Monday's episode: Would he send home AshLee, Catherine or Lindsay?
Keep reading to find out who got a rose – and who was left heartbroken ...
Sean said goodbye to early favorite AshLee
in a surprising elimination that left her virtually speechless.
Visibly upset, AshLee left Sean's side without saying goodbye. She even asked him to not walk her to the waiting car that would take her away.
But Sean did get to explain. "I thought it was you from the very beginning," he said. "This was honestly the hardest decision I've ever had to make ... I think the world of you. I did not want to hurt you."
"This wasn't a silly game for me," AshLee said as the car drove away. "This wasn't about a joy ride. It wasn't about laughing and joking and having fun."
She added: "It's hard to say goodbye to Sean because I let him in ... It's the ultimate [rejection]."
Check back Tuesday morning for Sean Lowe's blog post to read all about his Thailand dates and why he chose to send AshLee home