Well, it’s over! Tonight, the 36th season of Survivor came to a close. Now, obviously, if you haven’t watched the finale yet, this post is going to be a spoiler. So, if you don’t want to know who won, now is the time to stop reading.
Wendell won! If I may pat myself on the back, I’ve been predicting that Wendell would win ever since the merge. Not only has he been a consistent force to be reckoned with in the challenges but he repeatedly proved himself to be a skilled strategic player. His alliance with Dom and Laurel seems to be unbreakable and, unlike them, he managed to get through the season without collecting too many enemies.
That said, I have to admit that I was sure that Wendell would easily win. I thought that he would get 8 or 9 votes with Dom picking up a few strays. What I never expected was that Wendell would only win by 1 vote!
There’s a lot of negative stuff that you can say about Ghost Island. This season, there weren’t many strong players. One reason why Wendell and Dom were able to so totally dominate this season is because they were surrounded by so many players who, quite frankly, didn’t seem like they had ever watched Survivor before. I don’t mean to take anything away from what Dom and Wendell accomplished but it’s not like they were playing against the best players in the show’s history. Instead, their main competition was Kellyn.
As well, the whole Ghost Island gimmick never worked as well as one might have hoped. Most of the cursed advantages remained cursed because the majority of the people who went to Ghost Island were clueless about how to play the game. There were a lot of advantages given out this season but almost all of them were either wasted or went to Wendell and Dom.
In many ways, this was a very frustrating season. Up until tonight, Laurel had so many opportunities to blindside both Wendell and Dom. Instead, it seemed like she and everyone else just lay down and let Wendell and Dom walk all over them. Nobody seemed to be willing to make a big move when they needed to.
But, with all that in mind, Ghost Island will always be remembered for tonight’s finale! For the first time, we had a tie. 5 jurors voted for Dom. 5 jurors voted for Wendell. No one voted for Laurel. Per the rules of Survivor, Laurel joined the jury and cast the deciding vote. And, not surprisingly, she cast that vote for Wendell.
And so, Wendell won Survivor 36. Dom did not look happy, which is understandable. If Dom had been a little less abrasive with the jury, I imagine he might have been able to pick up that one vote that he would have needed to win. Instead, he got arrogant and condescending. While it seemed like Wendell sometimes struggled to make the case that he had done more than just ride Dom’s coat tails, he obviously did well enough to convince 5 jurors plus Laurel.
Now that Ghost Island is finished with, I’ll be taking a few weeks off and then I’ll be writing about the 20th season of Big Brother over at the Big Brother Blog! I hope to see you there! Thank you for reading and commenting on these recaps! I’ve had to deal with some health issues over the past few weeks so I haven’t gotten to reply as much as I would have liked but I really do appreciate y’all reading and I hope to see everyone again for both Big Brother and Survivor: David vs. Goliath!
P.S. Big Brother starts on June 27th!