Survivor 42 season finale showcases season long positivity

SURVIVOR announced today the 18 new castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 42nd season with a two-hour premiere, Wednesday, March 9 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The series is also available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+*. Pictured Top Left to Right: Lydia Meredith, Rocksroy Bailey, Marya Sherron, Jonathan Young, Mike Turner, Drea Wheeler, Romeo Escobar, Lindsay Dolashewich, Hai Giang, and Chanelle Howell. Pictured Bottom Left to Right: Zach Wurtenberger, Tori Meehan, Daniel Strunk, Maryanne Oketch, Jackson Fox, Jenny Kim, Omar Zaheer, and Swati Goel. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment 2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SURVIVOR announced today the 18 new castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 42nd season with a two-hour premiere, Wednesday, March 9 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The series is also available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+*. Pictured Top Left to Right: Lydia Meredith, Rocksroy Bailey, Marya Sherron, Jonathan Young, Mike Turner, Drea Wheeler, Romeo Escobar, Lindsay Dolashewich, Hai Giang, and Chanelle Howell. Pictured Bottom Left to Right: Zach Wurtenberger, Tori Meehan, Daniel Strunk, Maryanne Oketch, Jackson Fox, Jenny Kim, Omar Zaheer, and Swati Goel. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment 2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved. /
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The Survivor 42 season finale brought together the final five contestants and left us with a dramatic final tribal council. In most seasons when it might be obvious who the winner might be, this season left fans on the edge of their seats to the very end. Survivor can be full of fun people, odd twists, and in the end, a jury of peers who are looking to define their reality experience with a player they want to vote for.

The jury for the Survivor 42 season finale was looking to discover what made the final contestants tic, and the results landed one player with a majority of the votes as the latest winner. Though, in addition to making it to the final episode of the season, the castaways had to struggle with starting over on a brand new beach without any protection from the elements. As if Survivor wasn’t hard enough.

Who won the Survivor 42 season finale?

After relocating to a new beach without any provisions (beyond a machete), the Survivor 42 season finale saw challenge beast Lindsay Dolashewich face an uphill battle. Despite finding a final five immunity challenge advantage, Lindsay had to enter tribal council without the coveted immunity idol. Her vulnerability was too much to overlook and the rest of the players voted her out.

A final four left us with Maryanne Oketch, Mike Turner, Romeo Escobar, and Jonathan Young. Not only were fans wondering who might win at the final immunity challenge, they didn’t have to wait long to find out. Out of the gate, Mike and Maryanne found themselves out of the last individual immunity challenge rather quickly. The previous goliath of challenges Jonathan was left against Romeo, and Romeo landed himself as a “David” against the mighty.

The final four challenge doesn’t only grant immunity, it gives the winner the opportunity to take another player to the final three, while making the last two face each other in a fire-making competition. After winning, Romeo chooses to take Maryanne to the finals, while he sets Mike and Jonathan against each other in the fire-making challenge. Yes, a fire fighter lands himself in a challenge where creating fire earns him life in the competition. Unfortunately for Jonathan, Mike’s fire-making skills were beyond reproach.

Mike knocks Jonathan out to earn a spot in the final three, but it turns out to be not enough in the end. The last tribal council shows fans (and the jury members) that the final discussions were the most important moments of the entire season and the jury was swayed in one specific direction. The Survivor 42 season finale gave fans a collection of players who had different paths to the end and their journeys made fans wonder who might win in the end. Despite there being moments where it didn’t seem obvious who the winner might be, one prevailed triumphantly.

Was Romeo’s underdog role from the bottom enough to earn him the win after winning the final immunity challenge? Did Mike’s connections to the jury through friendship make him so likeable for him to win the votes? Would Maryanne’s unknown strategy leading into the final three be too much for her to overcome?

The jury members in the final tribal council presented a very respectable display towards the remaining castaways. There was a dignified approach to determining who played the best game and who earned the million-dollar prize associated with winning Survivor. In the end, one player’s well-constructed map for navigating the game, including their positivity, took hold and landed a 7-to-1 vote.

Maryanne Oketch; you have come out on top in the Survivor 42 season finale and your smile at the end is a prime example to why people enjoy seeing you on the small screen. Congratulations on the big win!

What did you think of Maryanne’s game in the Survivor 42 season finale? Would you have voted for her, Mike or Romeo? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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