[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched the season finale of Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance.]
After 39 days, four hidden immunity idols, and a billion mentions of the phrase “voting bloc,” a winner was finally crowned on Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance. And that winner is… Jeremy Collins.
The firefighter from Foxboro, Massachusetts took home the title of Sole Survivor and the $1 million check that goes with it after defeating Spencer Bledsoe and Tasha Fox unanimously in the finals. It was a satisfying ending to a thrilling season featuring returning players voted back into the game via a fan vote.
The episode began with a bit of Survivor history and one of the craziest Tribal Councils ever as both Jeremy and Kelley used hidden immunity idols to nullify the six votes cast against them. That meant — in a Survivor first — zero votes counted, and there had to be a revote. And that revote then ended in a tie between Kimmi and Tasha. That necessitated a consensus decision, or Keith would be sent to the jury as the only non-safe person left. In a blind act of misplaced chivalry, Keith almost quit rather than make Kimmi leave, but ultimately reconsidered and joined the others in sending Kimmi to the jury.
It was a dramatic piece of theater, completely in keeping with a season filled with crazy twists and turns. But Keith’s stay was not long. After Kelley won the next immunity challenge, that made him vulnerable, and he was voted out after declining to try using the awesome fake immunity idol that Kelley had made to fool the others.
After Jeremy won the final immunity challenge, the question became whether he would want to take Spencer or Kelley to the final three with him and Tasha. In a desperate but dangerous maneuver, Spencer threatened to turn the entire jury against Jeremy if he brought Kelley instead of him. The ploy worked, but ultimately may have hurt Spencer in the finals as several jurors called him out for his “arrogance,” with Kimmi even going so far as to say that she would “use that behavior as an example to my children of what never to do.”
And in a perfect callback to the very first season, Kelly Wiglesworth — who lost season 1 by a single vote after Greg Buis asked her and Richard Hatch to pick a number between 1 and 10 — made the finalists all do the same.
So Jeremy goes down as a solid winner in a spectacular season. A Spencer or Kelley Wentworth victory also would have been satisfying. We’ll have much more finale coverage, including our full recap and interviews with Jeff Probst and the contestants. But you can sound off right here with your thoughts on the finale and whether Jeremy deserved it more than Spencer. Whom would you have voted for?