It has been an exceptionally cutthroat season of "Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorities," full of blindsides and broken promises. Two contestants were medically evacuated, one player was voted out in an impromptu tribal council and big characters went down in flames, People reports.
On Sunday, the season ended with an unlikely final three: Dawn Meehan, Sherri Biethman, both over 40, and John Cochran, 26, who played his previous season as what some might call a weakling.
The final tribal council was contentious, with each of the nine jurors taking their shots at the finalists. Ms. Biethman was criticized for riding the coattails of the other two players. Ms. Meehan was attacked for forming personal relationships with contestants before backstabbing them. And Mr. Cochran took some heat for sitting back and allowing Ms. Meehan to do the work.
And then it was time to reveal the votes. Jeff Probst read the nine votes, and a winner was crowned.
With a unanimous vote, Mr. Cochran was voted the sole survivor.
After hugging his family, Mr. Cochran, a Harvard Law student from Washington, D.C., became slightly emotional.
"Obviously, it feels incredible," he said after the vote was revealed. "I've loved this game for half of my life. It's a dream come true."