Screen Grab/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) — Mike Holloway, a 38-year-old oil driller from Texas, outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted the competition to emerge victorious in Wednesday night’s finale of Survivor: Worlds Apart.
The former member of the Blue Collar tribe won a stunning five personal immunity challenges in a row, which helped him stave off the final dreaded torch snuffing of the 30th installment of the reality series.
The episode began with a the final five — Mike, Sierra, Rodney, Will, and Carolyn — facing an obstacle course in which tiles were gathered, balanced, and sorted to reveal the combination to an oversized lock.
With a visit from family members and an advantage in the immunity challenge at stake, Mike dominated early, but despite a late charge from Sierra, he emerged with the win.
The win earned Mike a camp sleepover with his mom Debra. The advantage Mike won — his mom guiding him blindfolded through a dry run of the immunity challenge maze — didn’t help the player while they practiced: she couldn’t find their way out.
However, during the actual challenge, even with the other four blindfolded players working together against him, Mike found all the required totems and completed the challenge to win immunity and a spot in the final four.
During the night’s first tribal Council Sierra was voted off.
The second immunity challenge had the remaining four players run up a pyramid-steep staircase to grab keys for bags of puzzle pieces, slide down a water slide, and unlock pieces for a three-dimensional lighthouse puzzle they had to build.
Again, Mike won, snagging his 5th individual immunity. In the end, however, there were no hard feelings: the remaining 3, Rodney, Will, and Carolyn, helped put on his necklace, recognizing the accomplishment they’d gone through to get to Survivor‘s final stage.
A marathon fire challenge to determined the final three played out between Rodney and Carolyn, with the former storming off in defeat, leaving “Mama C,” Will, and Mike to plead their case before the tribal jury. In the end, Mike won handily.
The reunion portion of the finale also saw Dan and Will apologize to Shirin and for derogatory comments they made during the show, and the reveal of 20 fan-chosen former Survivor castaways who will get their another shot at their own win during next fall’s Survivor: Cambodia – Second Chance.
After the names of the ten men and ten women were announced, the players were whisked away from the studio to board a bus bound for their next shot at reality show fame.
Survivor: Cambodia – Second Chance Cast:
Runner-up, Survivor: Borneo
12th place, Survivor: The Australian Outback
10th place, Survivor: The Australian Outback
10th place, Survivor: Pearl Islands
12th Place, Survivor: Panama
5th place, Survivor: China
Runner-up, Survivor: Tocantins
7th place, Survivor: Samoa
5th place, Survivor: Philippines
10th place, Survivor: Blood vs. Water
5th place, Survivor: Blood vs. Water
4th place, Survivor: Cagayan
3rd place, Survivor: Cagayan
6th place, Survivor: Cagayan
Runner-up, Survivor: Cagayan
10th place, Survivor: San Juan del Sur
4th place, Survivor: San Juan del Sur
14th place, Survivor: San Juan del Sur
10th place, Survivor: Worlds Apart
8th place, Survivor: Worlds Apart
Survivor: Cambodia – Second Chance will air this fall on CBS.
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