Alex Duggan from South Australia has won the first Australian series of 10‘s The Traitors. Through her Logie Award-winning tears, here is how she strategically manipulated her way to $250,000.
In a major challenge, the final four players – the Faithfuls Craig and Lewis, and the Traitors Kate and Alex – abseiled down a waterfall to claim the silver bars, bringing the total prize pot to $250,000.
During the hustle, Alex had her sights set on Kate. Of the two Faithful left, she decided to work with Craig, and after much persuasion, Craig was on board. Meanwhile, Kate had her sights set on Alex. For Faithful Lewis, he believed Kate was the only person he could trust. His number one suspect was Alex which was perfect for Kate’s game. Kate’s plans became derailed when Craig told Alex and Kate that Lewis was gunning for Alex.
In the final Banishment Ceremony, the votes piled on Lewis, who revealed he was indeed a Faithful.
Then it was time for the Traitor showdown, with both Alex and Kate pleading their case with Craig to take them to the end game.
In the end game, Alex, Kate and Craig had to decide whether to share the winnings or go to a final vote to banish who they thought was the Traitor. Unanimously choosing to vote, Alex’s crocodile tears worked overtime on Craig, which led to Traitor Kate being banished.
Craig was thrilled thinking he had nabbed himself the last Traitor, before Alex revealed to him that she was actually a Traitor. He was duped, and Alex was $250,000 richer.
Ahead of the show’s premiere, executive producer, Ciaran Flannery told Mediaweek that he didn’t see the twist ending coming.
“Because it was the first season, we didn’t know how it’s going to play out or how strong or successful the Traitors will be – or indeed, how good the other contestants will be picking the Traitors,” said Flannery. “The beauty of the format is that it allows for all eventualities, and even if the Traitors fall one by one, the remaining Traitors have the ability to recruit, or at least invite, new people to join their team. In a way it doesn’t matter, because there’s a great story either way.
“But the way it really did play out in the series – I couldn’t have predicted it, to be honest with you. There were so many twists and turns over the course of the time they stayed there.”