Survivor Power Rankings

By Ben Willoughby

October 11, 2012

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Previously on Survivor, there was some flirting at Kalabaw but Jeff Kent wouldn’t let Jonathan go all the way to five fingers. Tandang started preparing for what is shaping up to be the season’s first blind-side, while Matsing continued its dismal challenge performance and decided with a heavy heart to keep Russell around for just one more episode.

Now that we are three weeks in and have a feel for the castaways - or at least the ones who have been interviewed more than once - it is time for some Survivor rankings. At this stage of the game, power within your tribe is the most important part of the game, so I’ll rank each castaway according to how I perceive their position within their tribe (and not the broader group).

Obviously, if there’s a tribe switcheroo or a merge, everything changes, and at this point it’s worth looking back to the last time there were three tribes, – in the All-Star season. In Episode 5, the tribes faced off in a reward challenge, and the losing tribe was split up, and absorbed into the two winning tribes. We will see if something similar happens again.


While Kalabaw has been the Jonathan and Jeff Kent show, they also seem to be the tribe that has it together. We haven’t seen any fighting or personality clashes at camp, at least among their core group of five, and when they’ve been behind in challenges, they’ve been able to recover. I’m looking forward to seeing how things will change now that Jonathan has the idol and is not afraid to leverage it.


1. Jeff Kent Kalabaw hasn’t been tested by Tribal Council yet, but I’m ranking Jeff Kent as #1 since it seems like he is doing the talking and the other Kalabaws are doing the agreeing. Maybe this is all creative editing designed to highlight the tribe celebrity, but I haven’t seen anything to suggest the tribe isn’t following his lead.

2. Jonathan Jonathan may have a hidden immunity idol and a clue or two about how to play the game, but he doesn’t have any people behind him. But in a three-tribe game where one tribe is a perennial loser, time will be on his side while he develops alliances. The alliance he has chosen to cultivate is with Jeff Kent, a much safer move than wooing the two or three Kalabaws at the bottom of the tribe.

3. Dawson Dawson is #3 solely because it was her and Carter that Jeff Kent talked with about the hidden immunity idol when they were suspicious that Jonathan had found it, and of those two, Dawson is the one with a clue.

4. Carter See Dawson.

5. Katie Has Katie said anything yet? I can’t remember a single interview with her in it. Even if Kalabaw hasn’t had any Tribal Council scrambles yet, when hasn’t Survivor given face time to a beauty queen?

6. Dana I’m putting Dana at the bottom of her tribe, just because she seems like the outsider of the group. Sorry Dana.

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