Another ‘Survivor’ finale has arrived. With six remaining heading into the final, it was one for the books. Here’s a recap of how it went from six to one winner. (Warning: spoilers ahead.)
Heading into the final episode, here’s who remained: Cirie, Sarah, Aubry, Tai, Brad and Troyzan. However, Sarah was out for blood after the last tribal, but her anger quickly turned from Cirie to Tai when she found out that Cirie was not out to get her. She was trying to protect her and Tai actually owned up to gunning for her. So, how did Tai scramble? He decided to tell Brad about his two idols. (Just a reminder, Sarah also had the legacy advantage she had to use now and Troyzan also has an idol.)
The first challenge was an intense race that ended in a 40-piece puzzle. Culpepper stayed focused through the entire time and didn’t get flustered — and it worked. For the third time, he won individual immunity. He then also got a reward meal, and chose Troyzan… and Sarah(!) to join him. Troyzan was a no-brainer choice, but Sarah was clearly strictly strategy. During the reward meal, they decided the three of them should vote out Aubry.
Afterward, Brad wanted to make sure everything went smoothly; so, he told (rather aggressively) Tai they’d vote out Aubry but he needs to play one idol on himself, and give him his other one to show his trust. Tai wasn’t so into Brad ordering him around, so he told Aubry what their plan was. Basically he had a break down — to be honest, it was tough to watch. So, would he give his second idol to Aubry? Would he team up with Cirie after she screwed him?
At tribal, he decided to use one idol on himself, and the other on Aubry. Sarah used her legacy advantage on herself. Troyzan used his idol on himself. So yes, since Brad was safe since he won the challenge, that meant Cirie went home… by default. For the first time ever, a castaway was sent home without any votes. That’s right — no one wrote down her name. And when she left, Jeff let her say “the tribe has spoken,” and she got a standing ovation from the jury!
From 5 To 4
After tribal, we went right into the next challenge, an obstacle all about balancing and staying patient — something Brad did well. He actually was so far ahead that Aubry stopped and watched. The challenge included balancing a ball through an obstacle three times; Brad did all three before anyone else could get it once. And he won immunity.
Brad and Troyzan agreed to take out Aubry, but Tai and Aubry thought to take out Troyzan, so that Brad didn’t have him to bring to the finals. Sarah somehow made them both believe she was on their side. Tai told Sarah he wanted Aubry, too, so that was the plan… until Brad got all controlling and told Tai he had to vote out Aubry. I’ve been on the Culpepper train since day one, but I really got worried seeing the way he spoke to Tai.
At tribal, everyone admitted to Jeff that they all felt there was someone they couldn’t beat… all but Troyzan. Aubry had already admitted she was coming for Troyzan, but he said that anyway, with a smile on his face. But it didn’t matter; Tai and Sarah and stuck with the original plan and they all took out Aubry.
It’s Final 3 Time
The next challenge was another obstacle, that involved running up stairs, finding the right key to unlock bags of puzzle pieces, and then sliding down a water slide. Needless to say, it was a lot of work. Sarah was a bit ahead throughout the challenge, with Brad on her tail. However, all four of them were in it, all working on the last puzzle. And the winner was… BRAD. Yes, that was his fifth win.
Sarah and Tai knew it was one of them going home, so they discussed maybe both voting for Troy and tying the vote. Then it would all come down to making fire. When it came time for tribal, Sarah decided to go with the group — and Tai was sent home. To be honest, I’m so confused why they didn’t take out Sarah. But now, it’s on to the jury’s pick.
Brad, Troyzan and Sarah all headed to the final tribal, where Jeff revealed it would go a little differently this time — there would now be more of an open dialogue between the final three and the jury. And that’s exactly what it was. They broke it into conversations about the key elements of the game: outwit, outplay, and outlast. Here were some key points:
– Zeke was Team Sarah all the way.
– Andrea said she felt Sarah fooled everyone and was still hurt by it.
– Debbie and Ozzy were both Team Brad.
– Cirie claimed that Sierra ran Brad’s game.
– Michaela proved that Brad didn’t really know anyone personally.
– While Brad was the obviously the winner of “outplay,” Sarah said it was because he was an athlete. Girl, he won three puzzles.
– Sarah was holding on to that “I found the hidden advantage Michaela missed.”
And the winner of Survivor: Game Changers is… SARAH!
HollywoodLifers, were you happy Sarah won Survivor: Game Changers?