Spencer Bledsoe may not have walked away from Survivor: Cagayan with $1 million, but instead he got something priceless during Wednesday's live reunion show: a personal letter from Jeff Probst, who told TVGuide.com ahead of the finale that he's "never been more wrong about a player than Spencer."
But Spencer hasn't been able to bring himself to open the letter yet. "I feel weird about opening it," he tells TVGuide.com. "I feel like once I open it, I've crossed some barrier and can't go back. I will. I'm waiting until I'm really depressed."
Kassandra "Kass" McQuillen
Despite playing Survivor with Tony Vlachos — one of the most disloyal, untrustworthy players in the show's history — Kass McQuillen found herself in the strange position of being the most disliked member of her tribe on Survivor: Cagayan. Why? McQuillen, who came in third for the season, has a theory.
"It's a double standard," she tells TVGuide.com. "A man does what I did and makes it as far as I did, they're a great player. ... Look at Tony."
Yung "Woo" Hwang
Woo Hwang may have essentially given away $1 million during the Survivor: Cagayan finale, but you'd never know it from speaking to him. The Season 28 runner-up says he's still proud of his game, and that his goal was to play with the same traits he values in his everyday life.
"I didn't walk away with the million dollars, but with all the Team Woo fans out there, all the love and support I've been getting about being an inspiration to their life, that I'm a hero to their kids, that they look at me as a role model — wow," Woo tells TVGuide.com. "And to play a game that's so grueling and [requires] lying and cheating and stealing to win a million bucks, to be portrayed as someone who people can to look up to ... deep down inside, I've won it all. I feel like a millionaire already."
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?
After a surprise...
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."
Latasha "Tasha" Fox
After dominating immunity challenges for the past few weeks on Survivor: Cagayan, Tasha Fox rarely found herself in danger at any of the Tribal Councils. But when she lost the immunity challenge in this week's episode to Spencer, she knew she was a goner right away.
"I just felt at the first opportunity that I lost an immunity challenge, I was going home," Tasha told TVGuide.com after her ouster. "It was kind of expected."
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...
Yun "Woo" Hwang
On Wednesday's episode of Survivor: Cagayan, Trish and Woo get a reward without even having to win a challenge, when they discover a papaya tree in the jungle.