After 39 days, 4 million tears, 1 white rock, and too many burned hidden immunity idol clues to count, Survivor: Blood vs. Water finally crowned its winner Sunday night. My full recap will be up soon, but to sound off on who won, read on for more. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched the season finale of Survivor: Blood vs. Water. Not that I don’t want you read this article. But you really should watch the episode first. Just some friendly advice, that’s all. Take it or leave it. Totally your call.]
The episode began with seven players still vying for the title of Sole Survivor of Blood vs. Water. But in the end, there could only be one (hence the “sole” in the title), and that one was Tyson Apostol. In his third time playing the game, Tyson checked off all the boxes on his résumé through the course of the season: making a big move to get rid of early favorite Aras, finding the only two hidden immunity idols in the game, and then winning the final two individual immunity challenges to ensure his place in the final three. Once there, he defeated fellow alliance-mates Gervase Peterson and Monica Culpepper to take home the million dollar prize.
The episode began with a duel at Redemption Island to get back into the game. Tina Wesson defeated favorites Laura Morett and Hayden Moss — in a duel in which players had to balance a ceramic vase on a board using only their foot — to earn her place back in the tribe and send the other two players to the jury.
The next challenge had the players putting wooden blocks on an unbalanced table and pulling on a rope to level the table out and keep them upright. Tyson won immunity when he got his 10 blocks up first. After the second of three unsuccessful attempts to get Monica to flip sides, Ciera Eastin was voted out.
The final challenge forced the players to race through obstacles and down waterslides to collect six bags of puzzle pieces that then provided a clue to help them solve a combination lock and raise a flag. Once again, Tyson dominated the competition, securing his place in the final three (with Gervase and Monica, after Tina was voted out).
The final Tribal Council was a somewhat odd affair as multiple people kept asking Monica to bare her soul and cry for no apparent reason (at least not one that had anything to do with actual gameplay). In the end, though, it was Tyson that got the votes and won Survivor’s 27th season: a worthy victor for a terrific season that continued the reality show’s recent hot streak.
My full recap will be up soon [UPDATE: Dalton’s recap is now live!], but you can sound off on the result right here and right now. Did the right person win? Was the jury unnecessarily mean to Monica? And was Vytas lame for sticking to his pledge to not vote for Tyson just because he promised not to if the man voted him out? Hit the message boards to weigh in. Also make sure to check out our on location pre-game interviews with the final seven contestants in the video player below, and for more Survivor scoop, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.