Cue “Summer Loving” and start packing for the bus back home. The summer is over, and the Islanders have officially said goodbye to the villa, the shared bathroom, and the pool that was used approximately three times. Wednesday’s finale of Love Island proved that love conquers all and by “all” we mean virtually no obstacles or external issues. Zacbeth, aka Zac and Elizabeth, were crowned the first winners of the North American Love Island, which hopefully helps take out of some of the sting they’ll likely feel once they realize they had sex on national TV instead of waiting one more night to be out of the villa and in a private hotel room (why did we even have a Hideaway?).
If this season of Love Island acted as your introduction to the UK guilty pleasure, the finale had a shocking twist for you. Zac and Elizabeth received the most votes this season and won Love Island, but that’s not all. The final last-second curve ball (this is a show full of them, after all) was that only ONE HALF of the winning couple gets the hefty $100,000 cheque.
After the winner was announced, the pair each picked a sparkly gold envelope at random, one containing the prize money and one containing exactly $0. We knew the game of love could be savage, but that is savage. The winner, in this case Elizabeth, then had the chance to keep the money all for herself or prove she was there for love and split the winnings with Zac. Thankfully, Elizabeth was there for love (or is just a basic and decent human being) and split the money with Zac. Otherwise, this would have been a very, very different headline.
For their final night in the villa the Islanders got ready for Prom 2019 (the theme was Island Love) and took turns reciting what were essentially their wedding vows to one another. It was during this writing process that we learned that Zac didn’t know how to spell Elizabeth. It was surprising, but also not at all.
We thought watching the Islanders recite their sonnets of mismatched intensity would be the most uncomfortable scene of the night (it felt like Ray’s letter was much more intense and serious than Caro’s letter), but we were wrong. The most uncomfortable moment of the night was Dylan not once, but twice saying that he was nervous about the finale and really wanted to win. Alexandra chimed in both times and said that the couple finding one another already made them winners. Dylan didn’t seem to agree. Even after Elizabeth and Zac were announced as the winners, Dylan said he was “really bummed.” Read the room, Dylan.
The season ended with Weston and Emily’s week long “relationship” coming in fourth, Ray and Caro earning a cute third place, and a bummed Dylan and Alexandra as the runners-up, much to Dylan’s chagrin.
We also found love this season and it was with narrator Matthew Hoffman, who deserves an Emmy nomination for his writing on Love Island.
Catch up on the entire season of Love Island on CTV.ca.