Jeopardy! Masters season 1 finale: Who was the winner?

Jeopardy! Masters season 1As we look at the Jeopardy! Masters season 1 finale tonight, we know that one thing matters above all else: Who was the winner?

While of course we know that anything can happen tonight, we should just start off by noting that James Holzhauer has been particularly dominant for a big chunk of this season. He has received more match points than anyone; heck, in the semifinals he was better than the rest of the contestants combined! We already think he has proven himself to be the second-best contestant in the show’s history beyond Ken Jennings, who is of course the host for Masters now. (We should note that it’s hard to compare the entirety of the show’s history, given the rule changes that allowed for a run like Jennings’ to be possible in the first place.)

Tonight, James still did have competition in the form of Matt Amodio and Mattea Roach. If either one of them had an incredible run of responses, anything was possible … but their work was cut out for them. James just has shown himself to be so quick on the buzzer and well-versed among a wide array of topics. He just has a combination of things working for him that are ultimately rather hard to thwart.

Of course, we’re one to never count our metaphorical chickens here before they hatch.

So, who was the winner?

Well, there isn’t a lot of drama in the end result here, as James did end up being the champion! However, we should also note that Roach did make it really competitive close to the end. When you consider that alone, we do think it is easy walk away from this feeling pretty satisfied. It’s hard not to be! This season was a great example of how great this format can be, and also the star power that can come just from watching old contestants in this format.

What did you think about the events of the Jeopardy! Masters season 1 finale?

Who were you rooting for going into it? Be sure to share right away in the comments, and keep coming back for other TV discussion.

(Photo: ABC.)

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