The Traitors winners revealed in dramatic finale

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23 Dec 2022, 08:38

The cast of The Traitors

Credit: BBC

Across four weeks and twelve episodes, 22 strangers have played the ultimate game of detection, backstabbing and trust, and now The Traitors has reached its conclusion.

If you haven’t yet caught up with the final episode of the series that has gripped the nation, then there are obviously massive spoilers ahead.

At the climax of a series filled with twists, turns and suspicion, The Faithful won, with Aaron, Hannah and Meryl successfully banishing all of The Traitors, and ultimately pocketing the grand prize between them.

The victorious final three took home their share of the £101,050 prize pot. Not too shabby!

The final spectacular mission involving jumping out of helicopters, speedboats and wild boar, and viewers were treated to the most dramatic round table to date as the other finalists turned on Kieran and banished him, but he left a parting clue for The Faithful by dramatically voting for fellow Traitor Wilfred. 

This led the others to get an inkling that there was still a Traitor in their midst and they got rid of Wilfred too, around an emotionally-charged fire pit. Such drama!

Following The Faithful’s victory, Aaron told the BBC: “It still hasn’t sunk in yet, but when I go back home and get back to normal it will probably sink in.”

On what the best thing about being on the show was, the contestant said: “Claudia Winkleman!!! Auntie Claude! She was always so fun to be around and always spurred us on to do the best that we possibly could. She kind of took a shine to us all!” 

Hannah explained that she “felt like a complete and utter intruder” when she won, but added: “It literally felt like someone in that moment had just said all my dreams had come true. It was like someone had said ‘okay, you can do whatever you want to do.’"

On being on the show, she said: “At the time I went into the show I’d had a break-up and I remember thinking it’s all I think about and whilst it’s certainly not the saddest thing that’s happened to anyone, I just dealt with it quite badly. The show just really helped me realise that I shouldn’t be at home crying over a relationship when all this life is out there.”

Meanwhile, Meryl said: “I still genuinely can’t believe it. I feel very grateful. I feel ecstatic. It feels very surreal. I never in a million years thought I was going to win the show. I never went in there to win the show. I went in there for new experiences, to meet everyone.”

Whilst the other two said that the helicopter challenge was their favourite, Meryl's was a different one. “I would probably say the fairground ride because it was something that I never normally do. When am I ever going to have someone make a fairground ride adapted to me?” she said. “It was literally adapted so I could go on it and that’s something that I’ve never had before. I’ve never had something literally personalised or customised to my height. I could have the exact same challenge and the exact same experience as everyone else.

The official Twitter account for The Traitors suggested that we will be seeing more from the show next year.

We don't know about you, but we'd definitely be up for a new series!