Five are left on the ‘Survivor’ season 35 finale — but who will win and take home the $1 million? Here’s our recap of everything that went down!
The Final Five of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers is made up of two Heroes (Chrissy and Ben), two Hustlers (Devon and Ryan) and one Healer (Mike). Immediately after the five get back from the last tribal, where Ashley was voted out, Ben runs off and tries to find another immunity idol, as the other four plot a way to finally vote him out of the game. He searches all night in the pitch black, and right before he’s about to turn in, he finds his third idol. Whoa!
Chrissy decides it’s time to bury the hatchet with Ben (they were tightly aligned in the beginning and had a falling out when he turned on her). However, she makes it clear to the viewers that it’s strictly for gameplay and she still doesn’t trust him. Chrissy tries to finagle a way into Ben’s Final 3, but he sees right through her, and reveals his plans to blindside her at the next vote. At the Reward/Immunity Challenge, the players have to maneuver a series of water obstacles to grab keys, then unlock pieces to a puzzle, which they then have to solve. For the third time, Chrissy wins Immunity…and clearly, the timing is crucial.
The challenge win also comes with a reward of comfort food, and Chrissy picks Mike and Devon to join her. It’s an interesting decision, considering Ryan has been her biggest ally since the tribe swap. It’s a smart move, though: Why would she risk leaving Mike or Devon with Ben, when she’s not as tight with them and they could flop on her at any time?
At the reward, the threesome come up with a plan to pretend to Ben that they have a “super immunity idol” by re-using the advantage Ryan gave Chrissy at the first vote, but she never had a chance to use. Of course, Ben already has the idol, so he knows it’s a total fake-out — but he plays along and acts like his game is over. It doesn’t take long for Devon to see through his act, though, and he starts wondering if he should vote for Mike as a safety net.
Chrissy boasts her fake idol at tribal, and Ben continues to act like he’s done for. It’s the rest of the tribe who’s left in shock, though, as Ben pulls out his THIRD idol before the votes are read. There are three votes cast for Ben, one for Mike and one for Devon, proving Devon made the right choice by betraying Mike’s trust — otherwise he would’ve automatically been voted out. At the re-vote, Devon gets Ben’s vote, but Chrissy and Ryan stick with him and give Mike the boot. Before sending the Final Four back to camp, Jeff warns them that a twist is coming.
At the final immunity challenge, the competitors have to balance letter blocks on sturdy platforms to spell out “Heroes Healers Hustlers.” The twist? The winner also gets one final secret advantage in the game. Ben finishes the challenge first, but he’s left disappointed when Jeff tells him it’s put together wrong — one letter is upside down. When he goes to fix it, his entire structure knocks over. Everyone’s puzzles continue to fall, causing major frustration. Ben once again completes his puzzle, but knocks it all over at the last minute, leaving the door open for Chrissy. Chrissy is able to do it, winning her fourth individual immunity and guaranteeing a spot in the Final 3.
Ben is obviously devastated, as he knows his fate is sealed. However, Chrissy’s advantage is that she will get to pick ONE person to sit next to her at the final tribal, leaving the other two to battle it out in a fire making challenge. Chrissy realizes that Ryan has no chance to beat Ben at fire-making, so she shares the secret with Devon and puts her confidence in him to beat Ben. Devon is confident and remains calm, cool and collected going into tribal.
When Ben finds out about the twist at tribal, he’s obviously thrilled for his second chance, and it comes down to an all-out battle between the men. Devon is unable to make a flame, and Ben wins his spot in the final tribal council. However, Devon goes out admirably with his head held high.
At the final tribal, Ben, Chrissy and Ryan get a chance to give their final pleas to the jury and answer some tough questions. Desi calls Ryan out for being taken to the final three just because he’s beatable, and gives him the chance to explain his social game. He credits his secret advantage gift to Chrissy and move to make a final 7 alliance as his biggest moves in the game. He also explains that he was pulling Devon’s strings a lot of the game, making the moves behind the scenes and letting Devon do the social work with the tribe.
Joe tells Ben that he had no social game whatsoever, and Ben brings up his inability to adapt to social situations even in life outside the game. Chrissy points out that she stayed loyal to her alliances, particularly Ryan, the entire game. She also explains that she genuinely got to know every single person on the show at their core. Not everyone is impressed, especially Cole, though. Chrissy and Ryan bicker about whether or not she made all of her own relationship or if some of her relationships were only made through him.
Chrissy is applauded for her immunity wins, while Ryan is shot down for his lack of skills around camp. Ben explains what went into finding all those immunity idols: No, it was NOT easy, he tells the jury. “The only one that was going to save me, was me,” he says. Ryan holds his own and insists that he was not dragged to the final. Ben is asked to describe why he deserves the million. He explains that he overcame being called a “dictator” and hated by the tribe to get to the end, then goes into his personal struggle with PTSD after leaving the military. Chrissy’s pitch is simple: She won challenges, she made connections, and she played a solid game “without leaving a trail of destruction.”
The cameras show Lauren vote for Ben, Devon vote for Ryan (although he admits it was a decision he made at tribal) and Ashley vote for Chrissy. At the live finale, Jeff reads the votes: Ben, Ryan, Chrissy, Chrissy, Ben, Ben, Ben. And BEN wins!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of the ending of Survivor?!Did the right person win?