Wilfred Webster really was the Ultimate Traitor – but he’s actually ‘relieved’ he didn’t win and that Kieran Tompsett betrayed him one last time.
The senior fundraiser was handed the poisoned chalice by Claudia Winkleman in episode 1 of The Traitors, forcing him, Amanda Lovett, and Alyssa Chan to convert to the dark side to deceive the Faithfuls.
And after completing murder after murder, and banishing fellow players, he was the only OG to make it to the end, with new recruit Kieran by his side.
However, as we know, Kieran made a very bold move, throwing Wilf under the bus in the last roundtable, bringing him down too as he was exposed as a Traitor, leaving Hannah Byczkowski, Aaron Evans, and Meryl Williams to split £101,050.
While no one could blame Wilf, 28, for being bitter, he told us that he’s happier having lost out, especially with regards to his mental health.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, he said: ‘Kieran was my saving grace. I think if I had won, taking the money from Hannah, Meryl and Aaron, and I’m so close with them, I don’t think I could’ve been friends with them after.
‘It would’ve been different and because I’m so close to them, that’s why I was so happy. I wasn’t even bothered. That’s when you realise, yeah it’s a great amount of money, but in my life I’ve always had a five-year plan to achieve what I want to achieve, so that money was just gonna make it happen a bit sooner. It wasn’t about the money, I made friends for life.’
He also joked: ‘And I think I would’ve got a lot more backlash from the public as well,’ having divided opinions with his Traitors antics throughout the series.
Wilf’s big reveal was certainly an emotional moment, as the three winners stood in tears around the fire pit, gobsmacked at how they didn’t suspect him.
‘I was so relieved when I said I was a Traitor, thank God!’, exclaimed Wilf.
‘I knew he was gonna do something because he knew we were gonna vote for him in the end. I wondered how far he was gonna go, I wasn’t sure so I was on edge that whole roundtable.
‘Then when he said what he said, I was like, how am I gonna come back from this? When I see Hannah’s face, she was the most powerful Faithful there at the time in terms of being able to convince people who to vote for, when I see the blood drain from her face, she had her doubt about me for the first time, I knew it was over. I was like, I’m gonna put up a fight, but I couldn’t come back from that.’
Wilf credits Kieran for protecting his well-being, given how intense the experience was and the dramatic comedown that followed.
He also entered the final roundtable already ‘on edge,’ pretty certain that Kieran had something up his sleeve, with Wilf’s fate very much in his hands.
‘He saved me. I feel like he probably saved my mental health. It was so hard being in there anyway, and dealing with everything after. I went a bit mad after. I found it really hard to adjust to normal life, it was so strange.’
‘Luckily, I went off to Cyprus for a month to get married and that brought me back and got me into a normal state of mind,’ he added, after previously sharing that the prize money would’ve paid for his wedding.
‘But I can’t imagine if I had won, having that guilt as well as going through that hard time.’
The Traitors is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.