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The winner of The Circle Season 3 of Netflix‘s The Circle is officially crowned! If you’ve been following our weekly responses, you know that there were a lot of strong competitors vying for the $ 100,000 prize this season. The Circle Season 3 has been a moving roller coaster from catfish Ashley to Daddy Nick, which makes us laugh and cry.
The Circle Season 3: Final Recap
After Jacki is barred from the final episode, that leaves one last job for our five financiers: the final decision-making position, permanently, who is most famous. After many weeks of great play and play, one player earned that sweet, fun money …
The winner is James Andre Jefferson!
Like everyone else he played with, I’m a big fan of James and I can’t be too happy to see him succeed. After earning a coveted third place, Sophia a.k. Isabella sums it up succinctly: “Honestly, I thought I would be disappointed in myself, but I really didn’t,” she says. “James is the person he deserves so much, so it still sounds like a winner.” This attitude and kindness are exactly what made us fall in love with Sophia, and it is nice to hear her happy about our winner.
So how did James just pull out a win? After three seasons, James is the first winner not to arrive on the first day, proving how well he played the game. His time in the Circle may have been limited, but he used every minute to benefit, draw the right people and have the right conversations at the right times. His approachability, humor, and honesty attracted other players quickly, making him any time he might be missing out.
Over the course of last week, I put Nick and James at the top of my power levels, and it seemed that the two men were in contention to win. After scoring two goals in a row and having a double impact, Nick was immediately seen as too competitive to win. Matthew and Sophia both struggled to balance their closest partner, fearing that Nick’s popularity was the biggest threat to their games. In the end, Nick finished fifth, disappointing MIT grad who was confident.
The difference between James and Nick is that Nick says things he should say, rather than what he wants to say. Make no mistake about it, James knew the game he was playing and that he needed to do it to win, but he never came out as nervous and brave as Nick. Knowing that you needed to connect with actors like Ashley, he opened up and tried to build a loyal connection.
Nick, on the other hand, was counted and dropped out of his entire game. Probably reminiscent of Russell Hantz’s strategy during his two seasons with Nindile, Nick met women he knew would always protect him. He had a team to support him, but his relationships with other players were not limited to protecting the numbers. That’s a good mathematical strategy, of course, but we all know the popularity, the name of the game in The Circle, is not determined by just numbers.
Both Nick and Russell have used strong-arm tactics and secret benefits as part of their strategy to succeed until the end of their games, but that style of the game comes with a price. Just as Russell would never dismiss judges in favor of the violence of his game, Nick ends up in the final ranks.
No one – not even his closest friends – has matched Nick so much. His relationship with Isabella was strong, and it seemed that Sophia valued their friendship, even though it seemed as if they were flirting, but one good friend did not win. In the end, James was a much more popular player than Nick and could not be seen as intimidating, allowing him to get a chance to balance at the most important moment.
Another reason James deserves this victory is because of his ability to quickly spot catfish in the Circle. Matthew’s trick may have finally convinced him, but when James first came to the Circuit, he soon realized that Jackson and Isabella were catfish. He was wary of Ashley, too, but in the true evidence of Matthew’s play, he successfully convinced James that he was innocent and innocent. The second season has been won by the most successful catfish of the program so far but – no target shade, I love DeLeesa – I’m here to win with radar catfish rad-God.
But in addition to crowning us as our champion, The Circle’s finale also introduces all of our players face to face, ultimately revealing the true identity of Sophia and Matthew. Nick and Sophia were the first to meet, and no wonder his disappointment was immediate. When Sophia explained that Isabella was not only a beautiful face but also a very big sister, Nick liked the idea.
Sophia seemed very worried that she would break Nick’s heart but with Rachel a.k.a Jackson ready to beat Nick anyway, I think she would be fine. Kai and James were both sure of Isabella’s catfish status, so it came as no surprise to them to see a gay man donning a purple suit instead of the blonde bomb they knew in his profile picture.
Now Matthew, himself, is surprised. At the biggest moment of the entire season, Matthew aka Ashley arrives at the last personal conversation, looking as good as ever, and is met with a burst of screaming. No one suspected that Ashley was a catfish at all, but Matthew assures them that he is “as homosexual as sin!” When the final ratings are revealed, Ashley gets second place and great honor for all the players and is in charge of Michelle Buteau.
I believe that if Matthew had played like him, he would have just been able to come, but how can you argue with the results? Matthew knew she wanted to be his true emotional person but felt that people would trust her back if she played like a woman. Props to Matthew because apparently, it worked for him!
Circle’s short time so far feels like the game is still trying to spot itself. Twists, like the Blue / Orange Michelle debacle and Vince the Ghost Hunter, are fun and have exciting effects on the gameplay but ultimately feel random in the great series. Enter the fact that there is an undisclosed number of players each season who enter the game at various times, and there is no real way to predict what will happen next.
This is fun, of course, but it also prevents players and viewers from having a real understanding of what it takes to win. With almost no consensus, it’s hard to say what kind of personality is best suited for a game like The Circle – being too good, like Ruksana, is threatening; an extreme strategy game, like Nick, is threatening; even River and Courtney became great friends which led to these players earning fourth and third place, respectively, in the second season.
One thing we do know, however, is that with James as our new champion, it is clear that The Circle rewards honesty and genuine communication. One-season winner Joey Sasso was praised for being a real person, and while season-two-time DeLeesa played as her husband, she put her facts into her profile and interviews – for the most part! James goes straight to the past winners of the game in this, and if there is any indication of what the show really wants to represent, I think the next season will be surprisingly fun. The Circle Season 3.
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