In the end, Survivor: Cagayan came down to two people with completely opposing life philosophies. On the one hand was Woo Hwang, whose goal in the game was to preserve the integrity and loyalty he lives by in the non-Survivor world — even though doing so essentially cost him $1 million. On the other hand was eventual winner Tony Vlachos, who has no regrets about saying and doing anything he could — including orchestrating a record number of blindsides and betraying nearly all of his allies — in order to be the last man standing.
"When you're in a game where the stakes are so high, you have to distinguish what's a game and what's life," Tony told TVGuide.com Thursday, one day after he was crowned the winner ofSurvivor's 28th season. "What I am in the game had nothing to do with who I am in life. I did what I had to do in that type of game. If that game was about being honorable and being loyal and being truthful, that's exactly how I would play it. I played the game exactly how I needed to play it to get to the end. ... Nothing means anything on Survivor except keeping your torch lit."
In the ultimate Survivor battle to prove who's superior -- Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty -- the answer was quite surprising! So, was it the aggressive Tony, the ruthless Kass, underdog Spencer or spiritual dark horse Woo who became the sole survivor of Cagayan?
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The tribe will speak one more time on Wednesday's finale of Survivor: Cagayan (8/7c, CBS). At the conclusion of what has been one of the craziest seasons in Survivor history (blindsides galore!), only one person will walk away with the million dollar prize. Who will it be — Tony, Kass, Spencer or Woo?
TVGuide.com turned to host Jeff Probst to get his breakdown of the four finalists.
Survivor: Cagayan's Trish Hegarty describes herself as "loyal to a fault." Which is why she would still vote for Tony Vlachos to win the million dollars, even though Vlachos — who had been her ally since Day 1 — betrayed her on Wednesday's episode, casting one of the votes that led to her ouster.
Hegarty tells TVGuide.com she didn't even realize that Tony had burned her until she got to Ponderosa. "To be honest with you, it was a little upsetting when I found out that he wrote my name down," Hegarty said this week. "I thought that everybody had voted me out, but not Tony. ... I figured out really quickly why he did it, knowing that he was probably afraid that he was not going to beat me in the jury. I understood it. I've always understood Tony the whole entire game, from beginning to end, and even now."
On Wednesday's episode of Survivor: Cagayan, Jefra Bland essentially gave up a shot at a million dollars for a margarita and guacamole. Was it worth it?
"Sitting at home watching from the couch, I'd always told myself, I would never bet on food," Jefra confessed to TVGuide.com. "But being there and being so hungry in the moment, as soon as Jeff [Probst] uncovered the quesadilla and the guacamole, I couldn't resist. ... Looking back now, finishing seventh, obviously I wish I would have saved the money and drew for the rocks."
For once, this week's elimination on Survivor: Cagayan was not a blindside.
"We knew it was a 50/50 shot between me and Spencer," the show's latest castoff, Jeremiah Wood, tells TVGuide.com. "In the end, I gave it my all. It is what it is. I love this game and I'd love to be able to play it again. I know where I messed up."
Jeremiah's ouster on Wednesday's episode was the result of a flip-flop by Jefra — who pledged her support to Jeremiah and his alliance early on in the episode, but then ended up returning to her original alliance led by Tony.
Check out our interview with Jeremiah to find out what big moves he thinks could have changed his fate, as well as his reaction to Jefra's wavering and bafflement that Tony's still in the game...
Tribal Council on Wednesday's Survivor: Cagayan will likely go down as one of the craziest in the show's history (two immunity idols and a blindside!) But was Kass McQuillen's jaw-dropping decision to flip on her six-person alliance during Wednesday's Survivor a brilliant move that will bring her to the end of the game, or one that will end up coming back to haunt her?
According to Sarah Lacina, who found herself the casualty of Kass' bold decision, it's the latter. "We all had discussed that you ruin all your chances at winning the game if you flip," Sarah tells TVGuide.com. "My honest opinion on why she flipped is [that] she just wanted to create controversy. That was almost number one in her book, and then winning the game was number two."
Check out our full interview with Sarah to find out just how shocked she was about getting voted out, as well as her thoughts on the Blue Bloods alliance she formed with Tony. Plus: Why was Woo allowed to wear shoes during the challenge?
There isn't one misstep in particular that Alexis Maxwell can point to as the deciding factor that led to her torch being snuffed on Wednesday's Survivor. But there are several things she would have done differently.
" I did so many things wrong," Maxwell told TVGuide.com this week. "When we were at different reward challenges, Jeff [Probst] would ask questions and I would say the ...
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In a game that's all about forming alliances, J'Tia Taylor essentially blew up her own chances of winning in Week 2 of Survivor: Cagayan, when she dumped out all but a few grains of her tribe's rice in a moment of frustration. Despite the fact that she managed to (shockingly) not get voted out immediately afterwards, J'Tia's torch was finally snuffed in this week's episode.
"I have no regrets," J'Tia tells TVGuide.com of the rice-throwing incident. "It was kind of like my 'go big or go home' moment."
At this point, she's done both. Read our full exit interview with J'Tia to get her full explanation regarding the rice, and thoughts on how Jeff Probst may have influenced her tribe's decision to toss her on Wednesday's episode.