Aras wins Survivor Panama: Exile Island

Yoga instructor Aras Baskauskas won Survivor Panama: Exile Island last night, beating Danielle by a five to two vote.

Danielle came out of her coma to win the final and most consequential immunity challenge, and was faced with breaking her promise with Terry or breaking her promise with Aras. She chose to betray Terry, and he ultimately voted for Aras, whose competitive spirit Terry clearly admired. Ultimately, Danielle’s decision didn’t matter; Jeff Probst polled the jury during the live reunion and found that only two, Cirie and Bruce, would have voted for Danielle had she been up against Terry.

Cirie was awarded a Yukon based upon audience voting at CBS.com, and that may help put her at ease, as she came in fourth place, losing the fire-building tiebreaker challenge to Danielle.

With Aras’ win, six men and six women have no won Survivor; at 24, Aras is the youngest man to win.

The Verdict is In [CBS]

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