How do I stop Lightroom 5 from selecting an additional photo when I'm done comparing?

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Say I have a series of photos of subject A, then a series of subject B. I select all the subject A photos and go into compare mode, culling until I'm left with the best one. In Lightroom 4, at that point the best photo would be selected and I could choose to export it or so forth.

In Lightroom 5, as soon as I cull the second-to-last photo of subject A, it automatically selects the first photo of subject B, which usually makes no sense at all to compare to a photo of subject A. Worse, now I have to manually deselect the photo of B if I want to export the photo of A, or else the export operation will apply to both photos.

Is there a way to turn off this new behavior? Or is "select related images and cull until only one remains" no longer a recommended way to use compare mode?
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An annoying new "feature" of the Lr compare mode alright - I'm hoping (but not expecting) it will be fixed in Lr5.2 final.

To be clear: I'm pretty sure there is no way to "turn it off".

Work-around: press Ctrl-Shift-D (Windows) after done with comparison. Probably Cmd-Shift-D on Mac. i.e. "Edit (menu) -> Select Only Active Photo".