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Alone season three ends by default after a medical intervention

Alone season three ends by default after a medical intervention
Carleigh Fairchild the Alone season three runner-up. (Photo by Karolina Wojtasik/History)

At the end of Alone‘s third season, three people remained: Zachary Fowler, Carleigh Fairchild, and Megan Hanacek.

Zachary ended up winning the $500,000 prize for outlasting the others in Patagonia, Argentina, but only because the production’s medical team forced Carleigh to leave the competition on day 86.

First, Megan quit after 78 days, thanks to pain from a cracked tooth and a desire to see her family again.

Toward the end of the episode, the editing tried to make it seem like both finalists—Zach and Carleigh—were at risk of being pulled from the game. As they were checked by medical teams at their respective camps, on-screen text gave ominous warnings:

“Participants are automatically pulled at a BMI (body mass index) of 17 or less.”

“BMI is a measurement that determines how overweight or underweight a perosn is in relation to his or her height.”

“At a BMI of 17 and under, humans are at risk of comprehensive organ failure, resulting in death.”

After a commercial, of course, we heard a producer say, “The doctor has found that you’re in a critical zone. We’re going to have to extract you for medical reasons”—but it wasn’t clear who he was talking to, until the footage cut to Carleigh.

She immediately started crying. On-screen text said:

“Carleigh’s BMI measured 16.8.”

“At a BMI of 16, Carleigh risks permanent damage to her digestive and nervous systems and her eyesight.”

“I felt myself getting thinner. … I feel really good most of the time mentally, emotionally, spiritually. It’s really disappointing,” Carleigh told the medical team. Overcome with emotion, she said, “I guess this is what’s meant to be. I truly am thankful. And I have learned a lot while I’ve been here.”

As a result of her removal, Zach won automatically, because he was the only person left.

Carleigh was interviewed by Monsters and Critics, but for some reason there’s no mention at all of why she exited the game or what she thought about it. Why would someone not ask her about that?

Three of the 10 cast members this season were medically evacuated.

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Jim rose

Monday 15th of May 2023

I really think the show screwed carliegh on the season 3. Both her and Fowler had bmi readings of over 16. Should have split the money or paid them both


Thursday 25th of January 2024

@Jim rose, I agree. Very unfair. Just watched the ending, not pleased with the outcome. Carleigh should lawyer up.

Linda M Drewry

Thursday 2nd of February 2023

This was a set up they should have had to share the money. How was his wife able to get there overnight?

Sheila Leger

Sunday 8th of January 2023

I think the last two on alone season 3 should have had to split the winnings she was made to leave. But they went to her first to check her out. Had they went to him first he would have had to leave. They both was getting very sick and they both stuck it out and they both would have been made to leave. Very unfair.


Monday 15th of August 2022

She stripped down to her thermals he wore two pairs of pants and a knife and a whole bunch of others clothes that's messed up


Wednesday 22nd of June 2022

thank you. I'm watching season 3 and it sure was confusing who was leaving and why.