‘Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X’ Winner Results: Who Won Season 33?
The finale is here for Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X! But who was crowned the winner of Season 33?
Tonight, we’ll find out, as it all comes down to three Millennials (Hannah, Jay and Adam) and three Gen Xers (Ken, David and Bret) all spread out in different alliances. We’ll have three immunity challenges tonight and three tribal councils, with the Legacy Advantage finally being revealed, any remaining hidden immunity idols potentially being discovered, and maybe even the reward steal advantage being played. Who knows what’s on tap for tonight? I’ll be covering the finale tonight along with the big reveal of Season 34 during the reunion show.
Until then, keep refreshing for updates as the night rolls on!
Camp: David creates a fake idol and leaves it as a trap for Jay to find. Jay finds it and not only believes it to be real, he boasts about it in a confessional, noting that he’s playing with morons who can’t find idols like he can.
Immunity challenge: David wins immunity and a steak dinner reward in a massive come-from-behind victory, after falling behind on a number puzzle (despite cheating off of Jay’s solved combination) but gaining ground to solve the bat puzzle at the end of the obstacle course. Before David can choose the two people to go on the reward with him, Jay uses the reward steal Adam gave him to take one of the two spots on the reward. He then picks Adam to be the third person to join them. I’d say Jay used that reward steal about as perfectly as he could have, since it didn’t involve actually stealing a reward from anyone who’d already received it.
Reward and Post-Challenge: Jay argues to Adam and David that both of them need him as a shield to prevent them from becoming targets. He also promises Adam and David final three if he wins the final immunity challenge. Meanwhile, Bret feels Jay is the biggest threat left, and needs to be the one to be voted out. For his part, Adam is stuck wondering if he could even beat Jay at the end.
Tribal council: Jay plays the fake hidden immunity idol, only to be STUNNED when Jeff Probst tells him it isn’t real. Ken then stands up and plays his Legacy Advantage for himself. Ken gets one vote, but Jay gets the rest from everyone else (including from Ken, who voted for “Justin”, which is apparently Jay’s real first name). Jay is voted out, but takes his elimination in stride, laughing at himself for having been tricked.
Immunity challenge: After racing through a water course, the castaways must carry puzzle tiles across a see-saw using hand grips, and then solve the phrase using those alphabetic puzzle tiles. Although David takes an early lead, the others quickly catch-up and manage to close the gap. Ken is ultimately able to solve the puzzle first (“Not A Participation Trophy”).
Camp: Everyone seems agreed on voting out Adam. Sensing his head is on the chopping block, Adam goes searching for an idol…AND FINDS IT! However, he makes a potential miscalculation in telling Hannah about it, as Hannah now has to decide whether she wants to tell David that Adam has an idol so they can switch the vote to Bret, or vote out David in order to beef up her Survivor resume.
Tribal council: Adam plays his idol, seemingly spelling doom for David. But, somehow, David isn’t voted out, as Hannah is the deciding vote that sends Bret home over David. Bret congratulates David, and then angrily tells everyone else that they’ve just lost a million dollars.
Camp: Adam didn’t realize loyalty ran so deep among David’s alliance. He grills Hannah on why she would choose to save David. She insists it’s because Ken would have been angry with her, ignoring that she could have just not told David about Adam’s idol. Then David would have been idoled out, with no blood on her own hands.
Immunity challenge: The challenge involves guiding clay bowls through a maze on large tongs, stacking the bowls one-by-one. First person to stack thirteen bowls, or the person the farthest along in thirty minutes wins. Ultimately, Adam takes a commanding lead, only for the wind to knock all his bowls over. It comes down to Hannah and Ken, when time runs out. This leads to a sudden death showdown between Ken and Hannah. It’s a pretty even race throughout, although Ken manages to take the lead with just seconds left, earning the final immunity challenge win of the season in an epic finish. He breaks down in tears after winning.
Before Tribal: NOW Hannah decides it’s time for David to go, but she doesn’t have the numbers to get any better than a tie. Hannah tries to swerve Ken to voting out David, but Ken argues that David has been his closest friend and ally in the game. David places his trust and fate in Ken, while Adam practices making fire, in the event of a tie-breaking fire-making challenge.
Tribal council: David admits that Adam is scared because he knows he hasn’t played as good a game as he has. Adam admits as much, and says now is the time to send David home. For his part, David argues for loyalty and integrity, which Ken has in spades. Ken seems somewhat torn, but ultimately set in his decision. Jeff reads the votes: David, Adam, David…DAVID! David is voted out! However, he’s not bitter at all, saying that playing Survivor has been a dream for him, and it was an honor playing with each of them. David feels he’ll walk out of this game a new man, which is worth more than a million dollars. “In a way, I really did win,” David says.
FINAL TRIBAL COUNCIL
-Taylor asks why the finalists deserve his vote, while Sunday asks how each of the finalists were adaptable, and whether they played more like a Millennial or a Gen X. This latter question prompts an argument between Adam and Hannah over the volatility of Hannah’s flip-flopping game. Jessica rakes Ken over the coals for voting David out at Day 38, prompting Ken to tearfully defend his move. Will sticks up for Ken, saying he respects him way more for voting out David than he would have if he’d strictly stuck with all the talk of loyalty and honor.
Will then asks Adam to go into detail about Hannah’s rogue game. Hannah defends her decision to keep David around when she did, but Adam doesn’t agree. Zeke congratulates the finalists and asks Adam and Hannah how they contributed to the evolution of the game (excluding Ken,s ince he thinks Ken didn’t contribute to the evolution of Survivor). Adam says he planned his game so that, at final six, there were three bigger threats in front of him that needed to go first. Hannah, meanwhile, argues that she introduced the Trust Cluster strategy, and then attacks Adam again by saying he talks about big moves, but she’s the one responsible for most of the jury.
Michelle asks Hannah how many votes she was on the wrong side of, and she admits only one, the Michaela vote. Michelle moves on to Adam, with yet another argument breaking out with Hannah, as Hannah defends her decision to vote out Bret, saying that Day 2 Hannah would have been talked out of it, but Day 39 Hannah knows it was the right move. Bret asks Ken about how he’s played the game, and he’s surprised to learn Ken believes he’s been playing hard since the beginning. Bret moves on to Adam, who reiterates what a bad move it was to vote out Bret instead of David. Ken takes offense to Adam underestimating his game. Jay, meanwhile, asks Adam why he didn’t use him to get rid of David. Adam breaks down in tears and says Jay knows why he’s playing this game, and that he truly does see Jay like a brother. But Jay was in the way.
Chris, for his part, reveals he was never a coach, but is really a trial lawyer. He praises Adam for turning Ken against David, calling it the biggest move in the game. Ken is livid, saying no one made him make that vote against David, that was his choice. David closes things out by asking the finalists about how they’ve changed and learned from this game. Hannah compares herself to David, noting how she got over her fears and inhibitions. Ken talks about how this game helped him develop socially among strangers. Adam finishes it up by talking about how it had been his dream to play Survivor as part of the Blood vs. Water season with his mother. However, she’s dying now, and so this game means even more to him, because it feels like they’re winning together.
The final votes:
ADAM WINS SURVIVOR: MILLENNIALS VS. GEN X!
Adam celebrates with his family. In his subsequent interview with Probst, however, we learn that Adam’s mother, sadly, passed away just an hour after he got home, which was just enough time for them to tell each other how much they love one another. Adam reveals he plans to donate $100,000 of his winnings to cancer research, and we can learn more by going to SU2C.ORG/SURVIVOR. What a stand-up guy, and a devastatingly emotional moment. I’ve never wanted to hug a Survivor this badly in my life.
On the one hand, I HATE it when it’s a blowout. On the other hand, a blowout means it wasn’t pity. You don’t get a blowout on pity. Still, I think it’s unfortunate that we’ll never really know if he’d have still gotten as many votes as he did without the story of his sick mother. It’d be a shame for his game to be distilled down to a pity vote, because I don’t think that’s why Adam won.
But what do you think of the results? Sound off in the comments!
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