'Survivor: Cagayan' finale: Tony Vlachos or Yung 'Woo' Hwang, who won?
After 39 days and one of the most unpredictable seasons in member, Tony Vlachos was named the winner of the million dollars and the title of Sole Survivor with almost a unanimous vote. It was not a surprise at all once the Final 2 were established.
But how did we get here? Highlights include:
- Jeff Probst welcomed us to the live finale at the top of the two hours with some very poofy hair. Seriously what is going on with that?
- Everyone is just as surprised as we were that Tony voted out Trish, but as Trish talked about with Zap2it last week, people saw her as being in a great position and she was probably a huge threat to win.
- Kass seems to think that everyone thinks her "strategy" makes her "a b****" because she's a woman, where if she were a man, she'd be seen as a good strategist. I categorically disagree with that and I would be the first person to call out if I thought Kass was being regarded as crazy just because she's female. But no, Kass is crazy. Her game play has been incredibly erratic (and not often that smart) and it has nothing to do with being male or female.
- The first Immunity Challenge is awesome, it's standing on a pole in the ocean, raising up water in a bucket to get your key and then doing a puzzle back on shore. It looks like Spencer should have it in the bag but he can't solve the puzzle, so Kass (who was SO far out of it) comes from behind to win Immunity. Wow.
- Interestingly, Spencer is convinced that this season it's a Final 2 instead of a Final 3, which is intriguing, and he tells Tony that if Kass or Woo wins final Immunity, they won't take him to the finals, whereas if Spencer is there, he'll get voted out instead of Tony. He makes a good point and Tony rightly considers it. It's Spencer's only play at this point because Kass and Woo definitely want him gone.
- The Final 4 Tribal Council is full of talk of strategy and Spencer gives it his all, promising to take Tony to the end (which I think he's sincere about because Spencer loves this game and if he wins, he wants to beat the best). But in the end, it's not enough and Spencer is voted out.
- It's a bummer, I was really rooting for him. I also think Tony made a huge mistake here, but I turn out to be wrong. Incredibly, Woo takes Tony to the finals with him. Wow. At this point, I feel like that should get Tony a million dollars in maybe a unanimous vote.
- Woo's big argument at the final Tribal Council is that he didn't have the advantage of any hidden Idols, which is true, but also -- Tony found those fair and square. That's a strategy, which is what Spencer points out at Tribal. Spencer fights hard for Tony to win, which makes sense because Spencer is such a fan and fans like to see the best player win.
- It's no surprise Tony gets almost all the votes, good for him. I didn't always love him, but he played his butt off.
So, did the right player win?