Survivor: Caramoan - Finale (Part 2)
The Last Push
By Ben Willoughby
May 14, 2013
Previously on the Survivor finale, Erik suffered a collapse after leaving Tribal Council and was pulled from the game. Cochran won an advantage at the final immunity challenge and then the final immunity challenge, making him the least likely ever and most-appropriate-for-this season challenge beast. Also, there was the walk of fallen Survivors, but who cares?
Everyone congratulates Cochran again back at camp. He interviews that he has won four individual challenges, and now he has to decide who deserves the 100 grand for second. Okay, maybe it is burgeoning ego after all. He says that Sherri is not going to get any votes, so it is between Dawn, who has had lots of emotional outbursts, and Eddie, who is a chauvinistic idiot. He says “it is so lonely at the top,” and then he laughs. “This is horrible stuff to be saying when I of course lose."
Dawn and Cochran take a walk down to the beach. “What are you going to do?” asks Dawn, before immediately busting into tears. I think she’s expecting Cochran to put her down like Old Yeller. She talks about how emotional she is, and how different her journey has been, this season to last season. Yes, well dealing with all the Brandon drama and the Phillip drama and then straight into the cut-throat part of the game can’t be easy. But also, her game is completely different to her last season and I think that’s why the emotional journey has been so torrid.
“We’ve done it together,” Dawn says to Cochran, which translates as “Take me to the end." In interview, Dawn describes herself as “my own worst enemy” and says that “part of me that feels like I don’t deserve to do good."
Eddie and Cochran are talking, and Cochran claims that Eddie or Dawn could both beat him at the end. Eddie tries out some of this logic he has heard other people talking about. He says the jury loves Dawn, who will “play the mother card. She’s gonna start crying. People will give in to her,” while “I’m an idiot. What do I talk about? I’ve done no talk on strategy. I’ve only voted for one person”. That’s very succinct, Eddie. I’m almost proud of him. Of course, those are all reasons why he shouldn’t win, but they are not reasons why he should be taken to the final Tribal Council.
Then Eddie interviews about how he likes dogs and bars, and if he won a million dollars he would like “to open a shelter/kennel/playpen attached to a bar.” “If I could just open a bar and you could just bring your dog there, that would be unbelievable.” Pure Eddie. I like chicken and I like ice cream, but I wouldn’t mix the two experiences. I’d certainly go to Eddie’s fun-sounding dog bar, though.
Cochran is still interviewing about what a good game he has played, and he’s still thinking about who he can beat at the end. “I hope I don’t kick myself out of this decision.”