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The SpoilerTV 2017 Episode Competition - Winner and Final Words

Hey all,

We're done with the Episode Competition for yet another year. Once again, it feels like it's flown by. However, after 17 days of polls, we have a winner.

However, there is a caveat here. There were a number of bot votes on both sides which we've removed, thus the vote count on the poll displayed in the final's post isn't accurate. The following numbers are the results of the competition:

Supergirl - 742 (46%)
Outlander - 864 (54%)

Which means that Outlander's "Dragonfly in Amber" is our winner for 2017!

I continue to be baffled by those who resort to such methods to try and force their side's victory. Ultimately, this competition is meant to be a fun way to pass the time during the summer, but that is negated when it becomes less about which show's fans can best get the word out and support their show and more about who has the technical know-how to cheat the system. It's a sad end to this year's competition.

Anyway, this marks the third different show to earn the crown, joining Beauty and the Beast and Person of Interest as winners. Both of those two shows, with Person of Interest's "return 0" crashing out in the first round, have concluded their involvement with the competition now that they are ended. Interestingly, both won back-to-back years. Could we see Outlander retain its crown next year, or will we see it shift after one victory for the first time?

Usually, this is where I'd talk about stats but, as with last year, I've had a busy couple of weeks and so I have none to give you. I do, however, have the annual results list, where the 64 episodes are ranked by round and by vote. That's towards the bottom of the post.

A couple of huge thank you's. First to DarkUFO, whose assistance, as always, makes this competition far, far easier for me to run and allows the thing to exist in the first place, thanks to his maintenance of the site (without SpoilerTV, there are no competitions here, obviously). Just as important is you, the readers/voters, without whom this competition would be unable to run due to the sheer lack of involvement. The enthusiasm from those who did get involved was fantastic; you contributed a lot, whether you participated at all stages or if you just turned up for one or two polls.

Despite this competition ending, that's not it for contests on the site over the summer. We've already had the Character Cup, but very soon we'll have the SpoilerTV Awards and then, last but not least, the Series Competition.

I'll be back at some as-yet-undetermined point in August to run the eighth(!) annual SpoilerTV Series Competition, so I hope you'll all join me then. In the meantime, I'll be here at SpoilerTV, writing my thoughts on some of what TV has to offer - both good and bad - as well as on the SpoilerTV Podcast - where, in the next couple of weeks, we'll be previewing and then reviewing the new season of Game of Thrones, and chatting about Spider-Man Homecoming - which is always a fun time. Any of my written content here can, as always, be found under my author label. I also maintain my own TV blog, which I haven't updated in a while but I promise to do soon. As usual, if you'd like to get in touch with me, my Twitter and email address are below.

For now though, a final thanks to everyone for taking part this year, and I'll see you all again in 2018.

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