The Challenge: Total Madness Finale Spoilers: Who Wins It All?

The Challenge: Total Madness season 35 cast photo

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The 35th season of The Challenge has all come down to this in the season finale, titled “It’s the End of the World As We Know It.”

SPOILER ALERT: The winners are immediately listed below. Stop reading if you do not want to be spoiled.

The winners of The Challenge: Total Madness are… Jenny West and Johnny “Bananas’ Devenanzio. Read what they had to say about their victories here.

The original live blog continues below.

The final nine contestants include Cory Wharton, Faysal “Fessy” Shafaat, Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio, Kyle Christie, and Rogan O’Connor on the men’s side, and Bayleigh Dayton, Jenny West, Kaycee Clark, and Melissa Reeves on the women’s side. Did you see that Jenny is one of six girls in a family of nine? Meet her five beautiful sisters here.

The description of the finale reads, “After a season of grueling challenges and brutal eliminations, the gnarly nine finalists compete for their share of the $1,000,000 prize. Will they be able to withstand the freezing cold temperatures and massive mountains as they fight for the championship title?”

Follow along here with our live recap but be warned of spoilers for who wins it all. Don’t keep reading if you don’t want to be spoiled. All times Eastern.


8:05 — After a quick recap of the entire season plus a preview of the final, we catch up with the finalists back in the bunker celebrating the fact that they made it to the finals. Bananas still has his game face on, though, because he really wants to notch his seventh win. Meanwhile, Cory reads a letter from Nelson Thomas, who sacrificed his game for Cory last week. Cory is feeling a lot of pressure to win for so many people in his life.

8:10 — Bright and early the next day, the bunker sirens get everybody out of bed to get their stuff packed because it’s time to go. The contestants head out to a nearby mountain range in what looks like the hardest final this show has ever done.

8:15 — Host TJ Lavin reveals that they’ll be trekking 12 miles over 9000 feet in elevation. Woooow. The finalists strap on some skis and have to move logs from a pile to a firepit. Once they light their monument on fire, they can move on.

8:20 — Fessy starts strong in the challenge, but Kyle says in an interview that Fessy needs to remember this is a marathon and not a sprint. For real, this is no joke. Cross-country skiing is really hard, especially if you’ve never done it before, which several of them have not. It is a grueling way to start the final.

8:25 — There are so many spills as people gather their logs, especially from Melissa. She is really falling behind everyone else, though Bayleigh slows down quite a bit when she hurts her knee in a fall. For the women, it’s definitely Jenny vs. Kaycee. For the men, they are all pretty close. Cory takes a lead out of this portion, but the others are not far behind.

8:30 — At the checkpoint, everyone manages to finish, but Bayleigh asks for medical to look at her knee. They don’t tell her she has to quit, but it doesn’t look good. After everyone finishes, Lavin reveals that Jenny and Cory will form the last Tribunal of the season, and one man and one woman will be eliminated at this point. Whoa.

8:35 — The contestants now have to scale a mountain to find the place they’re going to sleep tonight with only a little cable to help them. Bayleigh remarks that she’s not sure she really understood how badly hurt her knee is and Melissa is also really struggling, so Jenny knows it’s really only between her and Kaycee to win.

8:45 — Eventually, they all reach the compound and it’s time for Cory and Jenny to send two people of each gender into elimination. Rogan volunteers, though Fessy says he was going to get voted in anyway. Melissa also nominates herself because she’s so disheartened after how poorly she did in the first phase of the final.

8:55 — Cory and Jenny decide to put Kaycee and Bananas in against Rogan and Melissa. That makes sense. Kaycee and Bananas are their biggest competition to win. But before the elimination challenge, Melissa decides to quit the show, so Kaycee gets a pass. For Rogan and Bananas, they have to compete in “Knock Out,” where they race to ring a bell in the middle of a ring. It’s made that much harder by how deep the snow is. Bananas manages to ring the bell first.

9:05 — In round two, it’s very close, but Bananas wins and Rogan is done. He’s actually kind of relieved, but also mad that he was so close and is out. But the big twist now is that the winners — Jenny, Kaycee, Bananas, and Cory — get to sleep inside tonight, while Kyle, Bayleigh, and Fessy have to sleep outside. Bayleigh can’t do it. She’s already hurt and she’s so demoralized by having to sleep outside that she takes herself out of the game.

9:10 — That night, Fessy and Kyle are allowed to go in after six hours out in the cold. Kyle is lucky Fessy didn’t push him off the mountain since Kyle absolutely would not stop talking the entire time they were out there.

The next morning, it’s snowing so hard they can barely see. It is seriously blizzard-like conditions, this is insane. The challenge now is that they just have to race to the finish line with a guideline. The Tribunal gets a one-minute head start, then the elimination winners get a one-minute head start, and then Fessy and Kyle get to start. Along the way, there are equations to solve where you may have to go back if you can’t get it right. The math equation adds just enough of a twist to the final run to trip some people up, especially Kaycee. Jenny really lengthens her lead here because of the math equation.

9:25 — Jenny and Bananas manage to get their equations right and then outpace everyone in the final sprint — in fact, Jenny beats all the men. After Johnny gets there, they collapse in the snow and start celebrating their win. Bananas says this win means more to him than the other previous six wins put together. Jenny says she did it for her family.

9:30 — Kyle, Cory, Fessy, and Kaycee all manage to finish, good for them. Kyle vows not to rest until he is a Challenge champion. Kaycee also says if she couldn’t have won, she’s happy it was Jenny because Jenny is such a beast.


The Challenge will hopefully return in 2021 with its 36th season; TV production is on hold right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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