Survivor 2017 Recap: Season 35 Finale – Million Dollar Night!

Tonight on Survivor season 35 we will find out who will win the million dollar prize this season of Survivor! We are down to Ben, Chrissy, Ryan, Mike and Devon! Keep reading my Survivor season 35 finale live recap to find out which of the remaining castaways will win Survivor 2017! 

SPOILER ALERT: Survivor 2017 spoilers ahead! If you don’t want to know who won Survivor season 35 do NOT read ahead!

We start tonight’s finale off with Jeff live from the studio for the Survivor season 35 finale! He is joined by the entire cast from Survivor 2017! We then get a look at the season leading up to last week’s episode of Survivor season 35 and the remaining castaways. Currently, we see Ben looking for an Immunity Idol while the others sleep and right before he gives up, he finds a clue that tells him to dig! He finds another Immunity Idol! He is going to make it to at least the final 4 now!

The next morning, Devon makes a fire and the rest of the castaways chit chat. Chrissy pulls Ben aside and tells him that she would really like to be friends again, but according to her it’s just for game play. She needs to make sure that she gets to final 4, but she screws up her plan by making it pretty obvious that she is only worried about getting to the end and not their friendship. Ben tells us that Chrissy is gone, he plans on blindsiding her with his idol.

It is time for the first Immunity Challenge tonight. They will be collecting two keys to unlock colored balls to put into a puzzle. They will also be playing for a reward. They will be playing for chicken, mashed potatoes and other comfort foods to enjoy back at camp! Devon, Ryan, Mike, Ben and Chrissy (in that order) gets the first set of keys. They now have to go across a balance beam to get the second set, Mike, Devon, Chrissy, Ben and Ryan (in that order) get the second set of keys and go to unlock their puzzle.

The first person to get their puzzle unlocked and finished is Chrissy! She has won individual immunity for the third time and Ben’s plan to try and blindside her is out the window! She is allowed to take two castaways to enjoy food with her and she chooses Mike and Devon to join her.

At the reward, Chrissy, Mike and Ryan talk and Chrissy tells them that she is going to use the dead super immunity idol as a ploy and make it look like she has an idol. This is so that she can try and make it seem like Ben can stop looking for an idol, but he knows she is lying and that it’s a fake idol. Ben is playing it off like he is giving up on the game, but Devon thinks that it’s because he might have found an idol. Deep down, Devon wants to believe that there isn’t anymore idols in play, but we know that’s not true! Him and Ryan are talking about who they are voting for and Ryan tells him that he is going to vote for Ben and Devon tells him that he is thinking about voting for Mike.

It is time for Tribal Council and throughout the whole thing Ben is playing it off like he doesn’t have an idol and that he is worried he is the one being sent to jury next. After the votes are tallied, Ben plays his idol in dramatic fashion and no one saw it coming and even the Jury Members are shocked by this. The votes are Ben, Ben, Ben, Mike and Devon which means there is a tie for Mike and Devon. There is a re-vote for Mike and Devon. The votes for the re-vote are Devon, Mike and Mike. Mike is the next member of the Jury!

Back at camp, everyone is celebrating making it to final 4. They then start talking about how Ben has successfully used an idol three times in a row. Ben knows he has to win the next immunity challenge or else he is going next. Chrissy knows that she needs to get Ben out next and knows that as long as Ben doesn’t win the immunity challenge, Ben will be out, but Jeff mentioned a twist and that has her worried.

It is time for the final immunity challenge of the season! This challenge has them stacking letter blocks on a wobbly platform and the first person to spell out Heroes, Healers and Hustlers will win immunity. They also find out what the twist is. The winner of this challenge will not only win immunity and a spot in the final 3, but they will get another secret advantage!

Ben and Ryan are done with Heroes and move on to the next word. Devon and Chrissy are having a hard time when they are locking in their platforms because the platform shakes slightly. Ben thinks he has it, but the U in Hustlers is upside down and when he goes to fix it, almost all his block fall. Everyone else also has most of their blocks fall. Ben is quickly trying to get his blocks put back up, but maybe too quickly because he loses all of his blocks this time.

After some more struggling, Chrissy has a pretty healthy lead, but Ben has all his blocks with him where Chrissy has to go get the rest of hers. Ben gets all his letters up and goes to lock it in and loses almost half of his blocks which gives Chrissy the chance to break the record for the number of individual immunity idols won by a woman on Survivor and she does it! Ben clearly looks defeated and Chrissy is overwhelmed by emotions knowing that she just broke a Survivor record and that she has made it to the final 3. She not only gets immunity, but gets the last secret of the game.

Back at camp, Ben is beating himself up over this loss. This million dollars meant he could retire and pay for his kids to go to college. Ben pulls Chrissy aside to find out from her if there is a chance that he could stay in the game and she tells him that she will promise to at least hear him out at Tribal, but she tells us there is no way.

The secret advantage is in the form of information. The information is that she will be the only one voting at Tribal and that person will sit next to her at the final Tribal. Which will put the other two into a fire making challenge to battle their way into the final 3! There is still a chance for Ben to make it to the end. She decides to take Ryan with her to the final Tribal and puts Devon up against Ben because he can make a fire, but Ryan can’t beat Ben. Devon is hard at work practicing for this challenge. While he is practicing, his flint breaks and he uses this as a sign that he needs to just clear his head for this challenge. Ben has no idea that he is going into a fire making challenge.

It is time for Tribal Council! It is time to reveal the secret advantage to the group. Ben doesn’t seem surprised that he wasn’t told about the advantage while Ryan and Devon were both told. It is time for Chrissy to pick the person sitting next to her at the final Tribal Council and she does choose Ryan. Ben tells Jeff that he feels awesome about this because he has a chance to stay in this game when he thought he was a goner. Devon also likes that he can put his fate into his own hands.

It is time for the fire making challenge and the winner of this challenge and the third person heading to the final Tribal Council is Ben! Definitely not the way Chrissy, Ryan or Devon wanted it to go, but Ben is going on to the final three. Can he convince the Jurors that he deserves to win? We will find out soon enough!

Back at camp for their final day at camp, Ben, Chrissy and Ryan are enjoying mimosas and a big meal. It is now time for the final Tribal Council and for the remaining castaways to plead their cases to the jury. The jury is asking questions now and the first question is to Ryan asking him why he thinks he deserves to be sitting there even though it seems like he is only sitting there because Chrissy knows she can beat him. He tells them that even though he didn’t have talks with everyone, but he used Devon to do some of that talking.

Talks turn on the social aspects of the game and Chrissy is talking about how well her social game was, but the Jury thinks that she didn’t use her friendships as an advantage in the game. Things then turn to the survival part of the game and how everyone handled surviving on the island. It sounds like the jury is leaning towards Ben being the better player, but we will have to see how this plays out.

After the final three make their final arguments, the Jury is taking it all in and then voting for who they think should win Survivor season 35! Who will it be? We are about to find out! The votes are in and tallied. They are as follows:

  1. Ben
  2. Ryan
  3. Chrissy
  4. Chrissy
  5. Ben
  6. Ben
  7. Ben

With that ladies and gentleman Ben has won Survivor season 35!

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  • Mary

    Thanks Tammie – enjoy!!!

  • Lilly in the South

    Howdy friends!!!!!

    • Mary

      Howdy stranger!

  • Hello ladies! I can’t wait to see who wins tonight!

    • Lilly in the South

      Me too!

  • Another idol for Ben! Holy crap!

    • Lilly in the South

      Yay! I admit his social game stinks but I still like him.

      • I like him and Devon would be a close second for me on my list of favorites

        • Lilly in the South

          Agree

      • Mary

        I like him too.

  • Mary

    Ben, awesome dude, another idol!

  • Looks like there is a good chance that Mike is heading to Jury next.

    • Lilly in the South

      Maybe…

    • Mary

      That would make me happy.

      • Lilly in the South

        Too bad it can’t be Chrissy

  • Lilly in the South

    He better vote out Devon I’m thinking.

  • Lilly in the South

    I can’t wait to see this…….

  • Lilly in the South

    If they’re smart they will vote out devon

  • Lilly in the South

    Idiots.

  • Mary

    Love it love it LOVE IT!!!

  • I had a feeling, Devon had just enough allies…

    • Lilly in the South

      But what an argument to win the game if he makes it to F3! Now Ryan and Chrissy have to argue against either Devon OR Ben in the “big moves” argument.

  • Lilly in the South

    This better not be a challenge where people can maneuver together against another player…..

    • Mary

      I hope not, I don’t like that at all 🙁

  • Mary

    Oh my gosh Ben, I’m sitting on the edge of my seat.

    • Lilly in the South

      Awwwwwww

  • Mary

    ohhh nooo Ben!!!!

  • Lilly in the South

    I’ve never been more stressed!

    • Mary

      Me too!

  • Lilly in the South

    Noooo

  • Lilly in the South

    Shoot!!

  • Mary

    Oh crap!

  • Mary

    The twist, I wonder what it is.

  • Lilly in the South

    I just hate he lost to Chrissy.

  • I really hate that she won the challenge, but a part of me is proud of her setting that record.

    • Lilly in the South

      Helps when a lot of the challenges are puzzles.

  • Mary

    Fire-making challenge – Ben still has a chance!

  • There is still a chance!

  • So, I just want to share that this is the best performing article for my site since I started!

    • Mary

      Great news Tammie!

      • Thanks! I’m so excited that this finale is doing so well for the site =)

    • Lilly in the South

      Yay!!! It’s an awesome episode. Glad you’re benefiting – well deserved!!

      • Thank you =)

        • Lilly in the South

          It’s gotta be hard to labor away for months and months (years). Great feeling when it starts paying off. Hope it keeps going!!

  • Mary

    For my fellow Canucks, I just saw a commercial for Big Brother Canada returning in February 2018, I think it’s a celebrity BB, sorry I missed all the details.

    • Lilly in the South

      You must have been holding your breath for Ben and his battle to the F3!!

      • Mary

        I’m still holding my breath.

        • Lilly in the South

          Me too!

  • Lilly in the South

    I gotta hand it to Jeff Probst (he’s a producer now), he’s managed to keep this show alive with interesting changes. I can remember when the tribals were SOOOOOO boring because they were predictable. Hasn’t been true the last few years.

  • OMG! Ben has it!

  • Lilly in the South

    Go Ben!!!!!!

  • Mary

    YES!!! I’m doing my happy dance!!!

    • Lilly in the South

      Right there with you!! Just sad for Devon. Wish it was Chrissy leaving. … Except (I hate to say it), she would probably have beaten Ben…

  • Lilly in the South

    How are they going to argue they deserve to beat Ben now??

    • I don’t think they can. Chrissy has the “I won the most immunity challenges of any woman ever,” but Ben successfully used three idols to stay in the game and then beat Devon in a fire making challenge…..

      • Lilly in the South

        Yep. And everyone in that jury has been saying for weeks “We have to get Ben out because no one can win against him!”

  • Mary

    I do like Devon.

    • Lilly in the South

      Yep. Good kid.

  • Lilly in the South

    If Ben’s smart, he’ll point out that he didn’t “just win by finding immunity idols” but he managed to keep his mouth shut and SHOCK everyone when he played them. Clueless Chrissy and Ryan thought they had Ben GONE 2-3 times!

  • Here we go! Final Tribal Council!

    • Lilly in the South

      Woohoo! Hopefully it’ll all be over in 8 minutes!!

  • Lilly in the South

    They don’t still do a “fan favorite” on Survivor, do they?

  • Lilly in the South

    Can’t WAIT for TAR!!!!!!!!

    • Two weeks!

      • Lilly in the South

        Unreal!

      • Lilly in the South

        You’re doing that, right?!?!

    • Mary

      Me too! And Survivor’s back February 28th.

  • Lilly in the South

    Awww. Give her a million dollars because she’s a good listener….

  • Mary

    Ryan is a sleaze

    • Lilly in the South

      I’m hoping Chrissy and Ryan take enough chunks out of each other that Ben looks good.

  • Lilly in the South

    Can Chrissy please shut up when others are talking?

    • Mary

      She is sooo annoying.

  • Lilly in the South

    Chrissy won PUZZLES. Yes, that takes talent, but she was BEHIND in everyone of them until she got to the puzzle. So she deserve kudos, but she’s no comp beast!!

  • I think Ben is going to win this for a couple reasons. One, he was always honest about his gameplay and never pretended to like anyone. Two, he had more survival skills than any of the other castaways. I really hope they can look past Chrissy’s accomplishment and give Ben the win.

    • Lilly in the South

      Exactly.

      • Him being a marine really worked in his favor when it came to a lot of aspects of this game.

        • Lilly in the South

          Yea. Honestly, I was surprised he didn’t win one of the endurance challenges. Just mental toughness.

  • Lilly in the South

    He’s trying to stay humble.

  • Mary

    Can’t wait to see Ben’s family.

    • Lilly in the South

      Yea. Hopefully when he accepts that check!

      • Mary

        YES!

  • I’m not crying, you’re crying!

    • Lilly in the South

      Yea…. *sniff*

      • As someone who suffers from PTSD (for very different reasons), I’m proud of the way he played this game.

        • Lilly in the South

          Yea. Me too. Made it hard on himself by taking on the entire F7 head-on, but I do admire him.

  • Lilly in the South

    They aren’t saving much time for the reunion show!!!

  • Lilly in the South

    Ben… Ben… Ben… Ben… Ben… Ben…

    • Mary

      Fingers and toes crossed

  • Here we go!

  • Lilly in the South

    Yes!!

  • Mary

    So wonderful, so happy for him!

  • He did it!

  • Mary

    Ok, now I’m crying 🙂

  • Lilly in the South

    This show is so NOT BB in the “satisfaction” department. I wouldn’t have been mad if anyone in the F5 had won this season. (Disappointed, but not disgusted.) But in BB it seems you have to be the worst person possible to win. (Of course, if I’m honest, there is a difference in a show that’s edited and a show that is open for viewing 24/7.)

  • There are a lot of angry people right now….My facebook page is blowing up with people saying this game was fixed for Ben to win lol

    • Lilly in the South

      Really? I thought most of the studio audience was pro-Ben. When they showed that last immunity challenge.

      • Oh, some of the comments are pretty nasty…I’m really surprised

        • Lilly in the South

          It’s because of that final twist.

          • Most people think that Chrissy deserved to win because of her immunity challenge wins. People are saying that Ben’s last idol was given to him because the camera crew had a light that helped him find it. Someone called him a “whiner” for his PTSD….pretty disturbing how people have no compassion for a veteran.

          • Lilly in the South

            Just. Wow. And I’m sorry, but Chrissy won PUZZLES. That takes brains, but if they’s been a little more physical, she might not have won four. Kudos to her. Truly. But she really didn’t “wow” me with her skills in challenges … except the puzzle solving.

  • Mary

    Just saw another commercial for BB Canada – it will start right after Celebrity BB ends.

  • Lilly in the South

    You all watching the Young Sheldon? It’s really good.

    • I haven’t been actually. I have to catch up on a lot of shows .

      • Lilly in the South

        Guess you have to take a break from the tv when you DON’T have to be watching! It’s a simple show, but it’s well done, and the characters are likeable. PERFECTLY cast.

        • Yea, I have been binge watching some other shows on Netflix that I have really wanted to see. Once Upon a Time was one of those and I had to finish watching Orange is the New Black and a few others.

    • Mary

      No, is it On Demand, can I watch it from the beginning?

      • I only have episode four and after on my On Demand.

        • Lilly in the South

          You don’t miss out on anything by not seeing the first few. It’s predictable. Just light hearted fun. Not a lot of that on tv these days.

          • Mary

            How about TWD, we’re loosing Carl. Not good and I am so sick of Negan.

          • Lilly in the South

            Oh yea. I agree with you on both counts. Carl isn’t my favorite character, but I’m not ready for him to die!

      • Lilly in the South

        I think so. They took a hiatis for a while this fall. Only been maybe 6-8 episodes.

  • OMG! I can’t wait to see next season of Survivor!

    • Lilly in the South

      Me too!

      • Sounds like it is going to be EPIC!

        • Lilly in the South

          I hope so. I really am liking Survivor the last few years. (I’d not watched a couple of years in the middle.)

          • Mary

            I’ve never missed a season, it’s my favorite.

    • Mary

      Return players which I normally hate but for some reason it’s okay on Survivor…can’t wait it’s my favorite.

      • Lilly in the South

        Not sure if it’s return players or just return MISTAKES of previous players. Either way, I agree. It should be good.

        • Mary

          Yeah I may have misunderstood what he meant.

          • Yea, I think it’s just mistakes made by previous players. I’m curious to see how that works out.

  • Lilly in the South

    This has been the weirdest “reunion” episode. Not much talking to the other players.

    • I was thinking that too…

      • Mary

        Same here.

      • Lilly in the South

        He spent more time “chatting” with folks during the show earlier.

  • Marty Glynn

    The right person won !!!

    • Lilly in the South

      I agree, Marty!

    • You won’t get an argument out of me on that =)

    • Mary

      Indeed he did!

  • Lilly in the South

    So. Is he going to ask that little girl who she wrote down on the parchment?

    • He did already. She chose Ben

      • Lilly in the South

        Really? Must have been when I let out the dog….

      • Mary

        I saw it.

  • Lilly in the South

    Is it just me, or does Ryan look disgusted.

    • Always! All season he looked like he was smelling rotten eggs.

      • Lilly in the South

        Honestly, I think he’s uber smart – and a superfan – so he sees losing to Ben on what SOME (not me) would say was a sympathy vote is insulting.

        • I think you are spot on

        • Lilly in the South

          I believe he thinks he and Chrissy outplayed and outsmarted Ben, but he just won because they allowed him to find idols by not watching him closely enough.

  • Well, I am off to bed! I will see you all in two weeks for The Amazing Race! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone <3

    • Lilly in the South

      Back atcha, Tammie!! You enjoy that little one. They grow up FAST! Trust me on that!

    • Mary

      Good night Tammie and thank you. Best wishes to you and your son and all your family for a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year.