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Season Thirty-Seven

Dates: Spring 2015

Winner: Jared Clayton (eight kills)
Runner Up: Juno Holm (one kill)
Third Place: Guillermo 'Memo' Rossi (four kills)

Location: An unpopulated island in the Atlantic, temperate thanks to the time of year. The producers expanded the playing field ahead of time with the inclusion of a large gazebo, some cabins, and a cleared campground area.

Notable Participants:

  • Jared Clayton (winner) - Gawky and socially awkward, with few friends or notable survival skills, Jared was pegged from the start as an easy and early out. However, Jared defied both odds and critics by playing an extremely strong game, ruthless and cunning at the same time. Beloved for his unorthodox tactics and boundless determination, Jared’s performance was the true model of the SOTF underdog.
  • ‘Duo II’, ‘2D’, ‘The New Duo’, Juno Holm and Lydia Watkins (second and sixth place) - Often compared to season 3’s legendary pair thanks to their similar friendship dynamic and closeness, Juno and Lydia had not been friends prior to the game, although both were martial artists. After getting into a fight on day one, the two became allies as well as season 37’s biggest protagonists, attempting to safeguard others against players, hunt down a dangerous group, and generally do the right thing. The element of romantic tension to their relationship also went a long way to making both fan favourites.
  • Guillermo ‘Memo’ Rossi (third place) - one of the quarterbacks of the class football team, Guillermo was likably charismatic in spite of being fairly villainous in his methods. Teaming up with fellow quarterback and rival Walter Osorio, the pair (sometimes known as the ‘Best Friends Forever’) managed to be threatening in spite of never quite actually playing and spending a huge amount of time arguing. This, combined with Memo’s snappy retorts, colourful curses, and array of one liners, made him quite popular for comedic value alone.
  • Walter Osorio (fourth place) - Guillermo’s erstwhile ally, the two had constantly butted heads back at school thanks to competition for the starting spot in the football team’s lineup. Walter wasn’t quite as strong a personality as Memo, but did instigate the breaking of their partnership, giving him some credit as a driving force. His complete lack of kills is considered something of a disappointment to some, however.
  • Ivan ‘Huntsman’ Jelcic (fifth place) - renowned for his excellent usage of the arena, his assigned weapon (a ghillie suit) and his own resourcefulness, Ivan managed to be a hugely entertaining character in spite of never saying a single word on camera. This owed in large part to his strategy and uncanny ability to appear out of seemingly nowhere after hours in hiding.
  • ‘The three-man band’, Kaden Rosco, Jabari Ofar, Nina Salvesen & Luke Marskov (thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth place) - The four members of the school golfing club managed to meet up quite early in the game, brought together by Kaden Rosco. They proved to be a significant threat for most of the season, although unlike many such groups, rarely sought out targets to attack and kill. Instead, they roamed mostly randomly, taking or leaving opportunities as they came and without much real direction. Other than this, they are best known for their set of confrontations with Juno and Lydia, and being removed in spectacular fashion in a single explosion. They are referred to as ‘three-man’ as an inside joke, poking fun at the fact that Luke almost never had anything relevant to say, didn’t score any kills, and was in general completely forgettable.
  • Julle Badang (thirty-fourth place) - class clown and early game comic relief Julle endured a rough time in 37. Losing two close friends very quickly, he then encountered the pair of Guillermo and Walter and was badly beaten. A timely rescue from 2D was all that saved his life. However, later that day, Julle’s new group was attacked by the three-man band, and injured, Julle heroically laid down his life in order to allow his allies to escape. His sacrifice and heart had a profound effect on Juno and Lydia, which in turn has made him a popular figure in the season.


Summary: Fifty students took up starring roles for season 37, which had been heavily touted as being a ‘unique’ take on the game. This, as in many things TV, was an exaggeration, but accurate insofar as 37’s arena was almost entirely wilderness, with almost no buildings to speak of. The producers intentionally played up this theme, providing the students with additional survival tools and supplies, and drawing heavily from camouflage and hunting gear for the weapon pool.

A fast and furious day one set the tone for the six day season, with ten total deaths. Day one also featured many of the game’s major motivators getting in on the ground floor with a number of key establishing scenes. Chief amongst these was the confrontation and subsequent fistfight between Juno Holm and Lydia Watkins. The exciting confrontation, taking place atop one of the island’s higher hills, was evenly matched and only ended when Juno asked, despairingly, why Lydia was playing. Lydia, under the impression that Juno was playing, was startled into stopping. The misunderstanding cleared up (and wounds patched), the two girls would go on to become the tightest knit duo on the island. Elsewhere, another important alliance was taking place, as Guillermo ‘Memo’ Rossi encountered football team frenemy Walter Osorio and was successfully able to convince him to work together. Memo reasoned that as two popular and athletic contestants, they would increase their chances of winning if they cooperated; taking out their longstanding rivalry on one another now would simply leave whoever survived vulnerable.

Day one also featured opening acts for a number of killers. Ivan Jelcic, dubbed ‘Huntsman’ by the fans, stealthily stalked and murdered his first victim without ever being spotted—even almost entirely evading the sight of the cameras. Roxanna McClusky won the confidence of another girl by the name of Zara Georgios, playing nice all the way up until nightfall before strangling Zara with her own daypack. Heavily focused was the developing scene between Jared Clayton and Maise Moore, SOTFphile and aspiring big name. Reminiscent of Edward Tracy’s brutality, Maise bound Jared to a tree and proceeded to taunt and torment him. After cutting his face with a razorblade, Maise, playing up an unhinged persona, leaned in to kiss Jared, cooing that ‘the blood makes you so cute!’. Jared then struck; having been working on his bonds to give himself more play, he was able to duck underneath Maise and tear out her throat with his teeth.

Steady excitement ensued throughout the game, which also offered plenty of subplots and less violent scenes for those fans of the interpersonal take. Ivan’s spree continued with eerie efficiency, using the terrain and his equipment to masterful effect. Memo and Walter beat up and subdued the hapless Julle Badang, only to fall into arguing over who should actually finish him off, as neither wanted to get onto the announcements. Juno and Lydia came upon the bickering pair shortly thereafter, and they quickly bolted. The duo briefly became a trio, but Julle would fall victim to a loosely-organised player group later that day. Said group, occasionally referred to as the ‘three-man band’, had come into play early on day two, when the four members of the school’s golfing team encountered one another and stuck together. Jared also stayed in the mix as he met up with football player Mike Martelli. Jared managed to bluff his way into Mike’s confidence as harmless, and Mike flashed his gun, saying that he couldn’t play the game as he ‘just wasn’t that kind of guy’. Turning to leave, Mike was promptly jumped from behind as Jared was finally able to pull a weapon—Maise’s iron file—and stab him the back of the neck. As Mike choked on his blood, Jared would simply remark ‘Yeah, well I am.’ Jared looted Mike’s gun and whilst searching through his things, happened upon a grenade, a weapon Mike had obtained from a dead contestant.

A strange case of cat and mouse occupied much of day three, as Juno and Lydia tried their best to track down the three-man band, whilst in turn being stalked by Ivan Jelcic. Finally catching sight of their quarry hunkering down in the campground, the duo stopped their pursuit to rest and come up with a plan of action. Sensing an opportunity, Ivan attacked, but for once was unable to spring the perfect ambush as Juno spotted him just as he broke cover. Outnumbered and injured after Lydia dislocated his elbow, Ivan was forced to flee, abandoning most of his supplies in the process. Walter and Memo’s dysfunctional relationship continued through the day as the pair constantly squabbled, made up, squabbled again, sulked and then stunningly actually killed someone who had the misfortune of showing up in the wrong place at the wrong and falling foul of an alarmed gunshot from Memo. Roxana also added two kills to her tally, including one of the bloodiest of the season when she garrotted Finlay Burke with a length of piano wire.

The field thinned considerably by the fifth day. Jared, having kept a low profile for a while, ran afoul of the three-man band, moments after their third and final confrontation with Lydia and Juno (a mess of a close quarters fight, in the woods, in the dark, with no fatalities but plenty of injuries). The group, licking their wounds in one of the cabins, was startled by Jared, and he was immediately shot by the group’s leader, Kaden Rosco. Collapsing, a beat-up and bloodied Jared played possum to the best of his ability, and was fortunate that nobody in the group bothered to inspect him too closely. Over the course of the next six hours, Jared would, inch by inch, retrieve a grenade obtained from Mike from his pocket, and as the quartet was distracted by the announcement that dawned day six, flung it onto the table they were seated around. The subsequent explosion resulted in one of Leonardo Dahnke’s most renowned lines, as he cut himself off mid-sentence to simply exclaim ‘Holy shit!’.

Roxana became the first of the ‘big names’ to go down as she was ambushed by Ivan in his infamous ‘ghost kill’. To this day, it has proven almost impossible to determine exactly where, when, and how Ivan hid. The start and finish of the kill was Roxana walking towards the camera and then, like a wraith, Ivan suddenly rising up out of nowhere and cutting her throat from behind. Walter and Memo’s alliance finally broke down as Walter grew sick of Memo’s arrogance and bragging, constantly pointing out he had scored their only kill, redoubling when they stumbled across another student and Memo shot them dead. At the end of his patience, Walter attacked Memo and left him for dead in a stand of trees. The game’s other favourite pair did not last much longer after Lydia spooked a hiding Linnea Fischer, who shot her in abject fear. Flying into a grief-stricken rage, Juno brought down and killed Linnea, before returning to a dying Lydia. In the midst of a tearful farewell, Lydia made Juno promise to win the game.

The final preamble to endgame was the death of Ivan. Coming upon Memo, and assuming the unconscious boy was dead due to his injuries, Ivan proceeded to scavenge the area. Roused by the noise, Memo turned around Ivan’s tactics on him by attacking when his back was turned and successfully choking him to death. Taking Ivan’s supplies to replace those Walter had stolen from him, Memo geared up for endgame.

Endgame saw Jared, Walter, Memo and Juno funnelled into the main area of cabins. Violence exploded almost immediately as Jared and Walter began exchanging gunfire, scrambling for cover between the different houses. Third to arrive upon the scene, Memo took advantage of his perspective and Ivan’s gear to make a slow and stealthy approach and then get the drop on Walter, near enough tearing ‘the traitorous bastard’ to pieces in vicious melee combat. Simultaneously, Juno had made it to the area, and picked up more or less exactly where Walter left off by opening fire on Jared. Between shots, the two exchanged a series of snipes and quips about one another’s games, Jared accusing Juno of moralising, and not being willing to make the hard decisions until winning was in sight. Memo chipped in not long afterwards with a ‘girls, neither of you are as pretty as me’, only to be forced into full retreat by a responding hail of gunfire. Ducking into a cabin that had been repurposed as a bar, Memo hunkered down and awaited the others. However, he was caught off guard as Jared smashed through the back window, assaulting him in a rain of glass and gunning him down. Juno was quick to follow, and with no bullets left between them, it turned into a hand to hand fight. Injured and with no training, Jared fought like a wild animal, scratching and biting, versus Juno’s controlled discipline. As this frayed, Jared found his opportunities, and after a fierce fight, was able to gouge Juno’s throat with a broken bottle.

Legacy:

  • Rated As: Excellent
  • Powerful story arcs, numerous beloved contestants and a gutsy, unexpected victor all contributed to 37 going down a storm amongst fans of the game. Most agree that it has something for almost everyone, from the purists, to the tacticians, to the storytellers—the only element lacking is a true showmance. To this day, most of the major characters have dedicated fanbases. The most common criticisms are contradictory, either calling Jared lucky for the manner of his kills, or calling the end predictable, due to him being the biggest killer in the game. Neither argument usually gains too much traction.
  • Severely injured, Jared was rushed to hospital and spent the next couple of weeks in intensive care. His first interview was conducted from a hospital bed, and his unrepentantly chipper demeanour secured his place in the hearts of the fans. Jared has gone on to be a major media presence, both in and out of SOTF-TV circles, known for being willing to interact with fans and make press appearances. In addition to a fledgling voice acting career, Jared also became a mentor for the first team seasons of SOTF.
  • Season 37 has also proven popular in external media—unsurprising for a game with such a strong reception. A highly-acclaimed documentary entitled ‘The Write Off’ was released the following year, praised for its frank journalism and behind-the-scenes takes on the game. A movie of the season, simply called ‘37’, hit the theaters in mid 2020.


Suggested by: Namira

Season Thirty-Eight

Dates: 2015

Winner: Archibald "Archie" Stewart (five kills)
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Winner: Unknown
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Dates: 2015

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