With eighteen recruits down and seven left standing, SAS: Who Dares Wins came to its grand finale last night (Sunday, February 4, 2018)
Ant Middleton and his pack of hardened military experts had put 25 men through unimaginable gruelling tests over eight straight, broadcasted over five episodes on Series Three.
Now, however, the remaining seven faced The Sickener.
A few hours into the relentless physical challenge and recruit Number 5 Giussepe was beaten. The first recruit to fall.
All six remaining contestants battled through the course, and held strong when faced with mentally testing videos from home, but soon, stage two of The Sickener dawned.
Running though the jagged slopes of a disused quarry, the task at hand sounded simple.
However, stopping every few minutes to complete harsh physical drills such as chucking boulders over their shoulders, crawling backwards and completing press-ups and burpees, the intense physical demand bid goodbye to another contestant.
Recruit Number 6 handed in his arm with reluctance, although the recruits were told the task would not stop until another contestant quit.
Number 14 was visibly struggling, screaming as he threw the huge boulders over his shoulder.
As a result of his failure to keep up with teammates, he was forced to watch as they completed burning abdominal exercises in the scorching sun.
Although his teammates shrieked for Number 14 to “do the right thing” and to “hand in his armband”, he refused to give up his armband, leading Ant to furiously rip it from him.
This sparked the first moment of controversy, as Twitter fans felt the whole point of the show was to never back down.
— Leah Pargeter (@LeahPargeter) February 4, 2018
So the whole series has been keep pushing yourself and never give up, number 14 does exactly that and is kicked out for refusing to walk away. Wtf #SASWhoDaresWins
— Dylan Samuel (@DylanSamuel1998) February 4, 2018
#SASWhoDaresWins they moan when they give up to easily and then treat number 14 like that for not giving up? Sorry but make your mind up what you want
— Soph (@SophieJancey) February 4, 2018
Four remained – recruits 16 (Jonathan), 12 (Matthew), 10 (Matt) and 9.
In a tense discussion with the doctor before stage two of The Sickener and Ant said:
“Number 9, he’s got nothing left in the tank.”
Ant was right. Although all recruits completed the next stage, Number 9 was stripped of his armband along with Number 12.
The decision to drop Number 12 Matthew conjured yet more controversy on Twitter.
Matthew had looked comfortable during the tasks, meaning the chief officers’ only reason to drop him was because he was holding back and not giving 110% , perhaps saving himself for the grand finale.
Disappointed with 12 and 14s elimination, strange final episode.
— Jac (@Jacat20) February 4, 2018
"I think number 12's been holding back" ERM he SAILED through the entire course n now it's being used against him ?? u must be jokin #SASWhoDaresWins
— casey (@cxseyj) February 4, 2018
Why get rid of 12,surely it's better to keep some in reserve as u never know when you'll need extra,better to pace yourself #SASWhoDaresWins
— Joe (@Klenk99) February 4, 2018
— Hugo A Gogo (@Hugo_A_Gogo1984) February 4, 2018
Incredibly harsh on #12 based on an assumption he hasn't been giving 100% previously!? #SASWhoDaresWins
— Darren Pickard (@darrenpickard) February 4, 2018
Gong face-to-face in the final challenge, recruits 16 and 10 were told to crawl into the middle of a rope and await Ant’s instructions from the death plummeting drop.
The recruits were told to drop and hold onto the ropes, in a test of grit and will power.
“Last man hanging.” Was the call from the instructors.
“Who wants it more.” They continued.
Miraculously, both recruits both fell from the rope with a fraction of a second between them, leading Ant and his chiefs to announce that both men had passed the final challenge.
Ant finished the show and said: “You’re both machines.”
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