[DennaberättelseinnehållerspoilersförsäsongfinalenavCBS'[ThisstorycontainsspoilersfortheseasonfinaleofCBS'[DennaberättelseinnehållerspoilersförsäsongfinalenavCBS'[ThisstorycontainsspoilersfortheseasonfinaleofCBS’Survivor: David vs Goliath, "With great power comes great responsibility."]
Surviving fans, meet your new champion: Nick Wilson, the Public Defender from Kentucky and a single member of the David tribe, winner of Survivor: David vs Goliath.
Nick earned the Sole Survivor title at the top of the two-hour finale, where he unexpectedly lost an important ally in Davie Rickenbacker, participated in Alison Raybould, who was not blind, sending Kara Kay to her judge in the form of the last four fire challenge, a new Surviving Staple since season 35. With the three opponents out of the way and three consecutive immunity challenges winning under his belt, Nick removed from the season's last tribal council with enough votes to win his title, defeating long-allied Mike White and Angelina Keeley of the Goliath tribe.
"I went through lots of ups and downs in this game," Nick said before the final vote and claimed his case to the jury. "That's what I've always known: fighting me out of fighting. I've done all my life."
How did Nick fight through the road Surviving struggle? The story begins with the season's opening hours, shortly thereafter David vs Goliath theme was revealed when Nick openly informed host and executive producer Jeff Probst about the biblical david's journey from underdog to king. True to that bow, Nick is now the proud owner of David vs Goliath crown and million dollar price that comes with it.
It was not an easy road, definitely not at the beginning, with literal and strategic storms raging throughout the 39-day crusade. In fact, based on several accounts, Nick almost went away from the season premiere when the first player voted during the season – a fate he may have suffered unless Pat Cusack's shocking medical evacuation, which meant that David did not have to attend the Tribal Council. For his part, in an interview in the game with Hollywood ReporterNick claimed that he would have survived the first vote: "I would really have received votes in the first tribal council, and I'm glad we did not go, but I can not count six votes against me."
Nick's happiness quickly changed when he hooked up with robot scientist Christian Hubicki, Dixon to his Mason. The two went together with David's tribe to eliminate Jessica Peet, the first person voted in the season, albeit the other person was eliminated due to PAT's medical crisis. One voice later, David and Goliath tribes were dissolved and spread the players into three new groups. After the change, Nick was dressed in old Goliath purple on the newly formed Jabeni tribe, along with the natural force Natalie Napalm Cole, the first person voted out of this group, jacket and everything.
During the Jabeni days, Nick linked with the co-creator Mike White and formed the two-person alliance known in most circles as "The Rockstars", and in the front corners of Surviving fandom like "The Cats." (As for the many nicknames Nick has granted to his alliances, he told THR: "I started naming alliances just to have fun, then I noticed that Elizabeth and Christian both felt a very close band with me and began to wonder if the alliance's name had something to do with it. If not then at least it was fun to call Christian Dixon or Strumming a Guitar with Mike. "Rockstars, like Angelina, survived the Jabeni jungle together and took out Lyrsa Torres in what they described as the most" pivotal "voice of the game – a dubious concept then, but less so now, because Nick, Mike and Angelina ended up in the last three together.
That being said, these three players did not always vote together through the match phase, because Nick himself expressed irritation over Goliath's reluctance to play ball with the earlier Davids. "The Goliaths would go out to the beach and talk and strategize together for hours," he told earlier THR. "The frustrating part for me was that they did not even hide it, and it was almost insulting."
The perceived insults were the cause of damaging Goliath, as Nick became a driving force in the temporary David recurrence. First, he helped develop a elaborated minority split plan where Nick, Davie and Christ's three voices would suffice to topple John Hennigan, the wrestler called "Mayor of Slamtown", despite a total of 12 votes in play. In the next round, Nick used a hidden advantage to steal a vote from Alison, turning the majority back to David's tribe, and ensuring that Dan Rengering, aka "Hot Cop", whose death was more popularly attributed to the historic idol nullifier game by Carl Boudreaux.
"I wanted to misjudge who we voted for hoping to fool Dan to play his idol at Alison," Nick said THR about the strategy behind his voting rights game. "If Dan played his idol at Alison, Jeff would not have revealed that an idol nullifier had been played or even existed, and the vote steal would get all the credits for the big dragon."
After eliminating John and Dan, the David Coalition recruited the rest of the players in his weekly one-round, unanimously ousting challenge animal and social threat Alec Merlino. With the three biggest Goliath men in the game in back-to-back two-back voices, it looked like a giant sailing for David … the perfect opportunity for an unexpected storm, in the form of Christian and Gabby Pascuzzi, who waving away from David to knock out Carl, one of Nick's closest allies. (Nick and Carl acted as "The Rattlers", according to the final David vs Goliath winner, even though the name never broadcasts on television.)
In Nick's eyes, Christians' movement toward Carl was a clear violation of the "Mason-Dixon line", thereby ending his partnership. His chance of revenge coincided with Gabby's own desire to vote for Christians, but the attack was successfully defended when Christian burned an idol deep into his shoes. Gabby got the boot instead, victim of Nick's counterclocked reserve plan.
One voice later, Nick bounced Christian from the game, but not without a serious cost: his own hidden immunity idol, served a few episodes earlier. Just before the last seven tribal councils, Nick was aware that he was now facing Davie, one of his closest friends and allies. (Nick and Davie's alliance nickname, "Team Dick" never did it on the air, wondering why.) Hours later, Davie played an idol on himself because it would go out in the evening. In response, Nick also played his idol, afraid he would become a victim of Davie's plan. In the end, the idol plays absolutely unnecessary, as Nick received zero voices, while Christian was sent out of the game.
"He is very smart, as smart as I assumed he was," recently told the Christian THR about his reaction to Nick's game and watching it on TV. "I actually feel highly validated by watching Nick on the show. I've thought," Okay. He was always clever and scheming. "I had the right to always have an eye open around him." It looked like I trusted him all the way, but I really knew he would come to me anytime soon. At least it felt like it feels like. I do not feel I was disrespectful of what I "watched TV."
Despite losing his idol just before the game's last days, Nick managed to protect himself by winning the final three immunity challenges of the season, a mixture of puzzle-based battles and endurance contests. (In fact, the final challenge of the season was ripped straight from the sides of Survivors: Tocantins, which culminated with the famous kraft of J.T. Thomas and Stephen Fishbach in the last two; Throughout the season, Nick's game style has been described as a combination of both of these players.) While the last push was not without speed rushes (especially Mike and Angelina's decision to vote Davie without giving Nick the head) single survivor David could fight through and become … yes, the survivor.
"If you are in this game and you have a fight in you – if you have a breath left in your body – this game is worth playing," Nick said in his closing comments. "I was David the whole game, and I had to find anything, whether it was the social game or the strategic game or immunity wins, an advantage, an idol, new relationships, old relationships … whatever it took. I had to find my snake shot, and I had to use as many stones as I could find. "
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