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‘Survivor: Blood vs Water’ Finale Episode – And the Sole Survivor is…

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Written by : published Monday 16th December 2013

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39 days and 20 contestants later, ladies and gentleman we finally have a winner…

In case you missed the episode, be sure to get caught up by watching Survivor: Blood vs. Water Finale Episode , and then be sure to read my weekly Episode Recap before continuing on to this “Bonus Analysis” coverage.

Congratulations to Tyson Apostol, winner of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” in this, his third crack at the game.  It was a dominant, impressive win that was matched with an equal amount of luck…he becomes the first person to win the game after having participated in a rock draw and the first person to win in their third attempt at the game.

Let’s not talk about Tyson’s last time out…where he essentially voted himself out of the game in what is regarded as one of the dumbest moves in Survivor history.  I only bring this up to point out something important:  That Survivor is a season-by-season game.  No one cares about your last time out, who or what you are outside of the game.  So to that regard, despite his past foibles, Tyson played one hell of a game this time out.  I’d even go so far as to call it a great winning performance.

That rock draw moment will go down as the ballsiest move maybe ever.  Here’s a guy in control of the game, with an Idol in his pocket…and he draws rocks just to show his loyalty to an alliance member?  He had a 33% chance of leaving the game that night, but by pulling the black rock, he instead gave himself a 99.9% chance of winning everything.

We now look to the future, to Season 28 of Survivor (debuting in February of 2014), a season that was revealed at the Live Reunion Show to be a “Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty” theme.  It is called “Survivor: Cagayan” and was shot last Summer.  It features all-new players, only the third season out of the last eight to do so (and those two, One World and Nicaragua), weren’t received all that well.  It’ll definitely be interesting to see how they follow up Blood vs. Water, a solid – dare I say great – season that did have its flat spots.

Overall, it was a great season, with a deserving winner, even if the Finale felt a bit flat and predictable.

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About the author SurvivorTom


Tom Santilli is a respected journalist and member of the Detroit Film Critics Society.  He writes several on-line columns, most notably as the Detroit Movie Examiner and the Survivor Examiner for Examiner.com.  He also is a contributor as a Survivor-Insider to TVGeekArmy.com and writes exclusive Survivor in-depth episode analysis for TheTVKing.com. He has been featured on Rob Cesternino's "Rob Has a Podcast" and most recently landed the only exclusive Richard Hatch interview given since his latest legal trouble has surfaced. All of Tom's Survivor coverage as well as movie reviews can be found on his blog the "FilmSurvivor", at FilmSurvivor.com

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