The Sole Survivor Of Survivor: Kaoh Rong Is Revealed

1. The scramble for power is on.

1. 1. The scramble for power is on.

Thirty-five days ago, 18 castaways began the journey of a lifetime; but, after 13 episodes, only four competitors remained—Michele, Cydney, Aubry, and Tai, so before Survivor: Kaoh Rong comes to an exciting end, let's look back at how the final days of the game unraveled.

Following Joe's unexpected exit from the game, Tai enjoyed the morning sunrise next to his truest ally, Mark, the chicken. It was too late in the game for Tai to play his Idol, which had him feeling more vulnerable than ever. Later, he turned to Aubry with a plan of keeping close to Cydney because he believed that together, the three of them could make it to the finals, which would edge Michele, Tai's biggest threat, out of the running.

The scramble for ultimate power was on and it didn't take long for the remaining castaways to realize it was anyone's game to win—or lose.

Watch the season finale of Survivor: Koah Rong now on CBS.com.
2. Aubry wins the final Reward of the season.

2. 2. Aubry wins the final Reward of the season.

This season's final Reward Challenge treated the winner to a meal intended to refuel their body and spirit, so, with adrenaline rushing through their veins, the Final 4 took off and attacked every element of the course.

After moving through several tricky obstacles, Aubry found herself neck-and-neck with Tai and Cyndey; however, she managed to pull into the lead, unlock her key, and watched as her flag raised into the air, which signified her first-ever Individual Reward victory.

The social media marketer brought Cydney with her on the Reward, knowing they both could benefit from a hearty meal if they'd both be competing against Michele at the next Immunity Challenge. It was then that Michele realized Aubry's decision to include Cydney on another Reward probably meant trouble for her. 
3. Michele wins Immunity and a spot in the Final 3.

3. 3. Michele wins Immunity and a spot in the Final 3.

On Day 37, the Final 4 gave everything they had during the last Individual Immunity Challenge of the season. Once again, Aubry, took on an impressive lead; but, as host Jeff Probst mentioned mid-challenge, puzzles tend to be equalizers once everyone's got their heads in the game.

Tai jumped into the lead next, but it was Michele who inched along and then ahead of the tenacious gardener, which earned her the ultimate the power position—something nobody saw coming. 
4. A fire-making challenge determines the Final 3.

4. 4. A fire-making challenge determines the Final 3.

During the season finale's first Tribal Council, the Final 4 noted how quickly the game shifted from one of alliances to another of individual strategy. Unsure of where loyalties lied, Jeff tallied the votes and announced Aubry and Cydney were tied, which meant it was time for a tie-breaker, fire-making challenge. 

At first, Aubry lit an impressive fire, but the flames extinguished within seconds and she lost her large lead. While Cydney stayed focused on her own embers, Aubry made a quick comeback and successfully reestablished her fire high enough to split the rope. As Aubry shed tears of joy, knowing she was going to the finals, Cydney wept with disappointment. 
5. The Final 3 find out the biggest surprise of the season.

5. 5. The Final 3 find out the biggest surprise of the season.

Following Tribal, Michele worried that Cydney's exit meant she and Tai had basically just handed the prize to Aubry because nearly everyone on the jury respected the former Brains Tribe member's game. But before the trio could crunch any numbers at Ponderosa, a major twist was introduced.

First, Jeff confirmed they were indeed the Final 3, which brought smiles, hugs, and a couple sobs. However, whoever won the final challenge would have the unprecedented opportunity to vote out a jury member of their choice, which meant they could potentially extract a vote not expected to be in her—or his—favor.

Following a tense challenge, Michele won the advantage after Aubry fumbled, but it was anyone's guess who the New Jersey bartender would choose to eliminate from the jury.
6. Michele contemplates her big decision.

6. 6. Michele contemplates her big decision.

Back at camp, Michele thought over every possible outcome that could result from her big decision.

At first, she considered using her advantage on Joe because she knew he would vote for Aubry in the end. However, when she turned to Tai for advice, he pitched Neal's name, knowing the ice-cream entrepreneur wasn't likely vote in his favor, so his early exit could benefit Tai's end game.

He wasn't the only one whispering in Michele's ear, though; Aubry also planted a seed of her own, suggesting Scot as an option because he was such a wild card. 

Would Michele be so easily swayed by her fellow castaways?
7. The jury learns about the twist and one member is removed.

7. 7. The jury learns about the twist and one member is removed.

After the jury arrived to the season finale's second Tribal, Jeff explained the new twist perfectly, saying Michele's decision was not just the removal of a jury member, it was a bold attempt to remove someone with the potential to persuade one or more jury members to vote for Tai or Aubry instead.

With that, Michele announced her final decision, one that would hopefully strengthen her game and increase her confidence going into the final Tribal.

The removed jury member would be Neal.

After hearing his name called, the former Brains Tribe member delivered some not-so-pleasant words to Michele on the way out, which only proved the brunette beauty made the right decision. 
 
8. Tai, Aubry, and Michele enjoy their final day on the beach.

8. 8. Tai, Aubry, and Michele enjoy their final day on the beach.

It was a morning full of reflection when the Final 3 enjoyed a hearty breakfast together after seeing themselves in the mirror for the first time in nearly 40 days. They knew it was game time and facing the jury would be one of their most important tests yet. 

Tai grew anxious thinking about having to face Scot and explain why he blindsided him, while Aubry was ready to speak about her personal transformation on the show. Plus, Michele was prepared to tell her former castaways that she didn't just glide her way to the end, but her position was due to careful social and physical strategy. 
9. The jury get a chance to speak while the Final 3 make their case.

9. 9. The jury get a chance to speak while the Final 3 make their case.

When each jury member stood up to question the Final 3 about their individual Survivor journeys, the tension was palpable.

There were a number of highlights—including Debbie jabbing Tai for being disloyal, Julia calling out Michele as the Beauty Tribe's weakest link, and Joe listening to Aubry defend herself for always having her his finger on the pulse of the game—but the biggest confrontation was between Scot and Tai. The former NBA basketball player wanted to know why his ex-ally went against his word and Tai admitted it was because he was intimidated by Scot and Jason's strong bond.

Would that be enough explanation to satisfy Scot? We'd have to wait and see how the jury voted. Only then would we find out who—Tai, Aubry, or Michele—would be named this season's Sole Survivor. 
10. The winner of Survivor: Kaoh Rong is revealed!

10. 10. The winner of Survivor: Kaoh Rong is revealed!

After the votes were tallied at the Survivor: Koah Rong Live Reunion Special, the anticipation grew as Jeff read each name aloud. With the Final 3 on the edge of their seats, the coveted title of Sole Survivor was announced—Michele Fitzgerald.

Congratulations Michele!

Watch the season finale of Survivor: Kaoh Rong now on CBS.com.